TLPartnership, Dallas, hired Pekka Hamberg as design director for the Pepsi-Cola business. He joined the agency from Brand Sellers DDB, the Finnish affiliate of DDB Needham Worldwide.
Cynthia Pennella was named commercial sales manager for Marcus Cable, Fort Worth. She has been at Marcus since 1996.
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Stafford, promoted Kevin Pehlman to vice president of operations and special events. Pehlman has been with the agency for four years.
Rhonda Denny was appointed account executive at Blandford-Akins, Dallas. Denny was a principal at LaserSET, a graphic design and print production company in Overland Park, Kan.
Montemayor y Asociados in San Antonio added two staff members. David Diaz was hired as a public relations account executive from the San Antonio Symphony, where he was public relations manager. Also new is promotions account executive Jimena Nistal, previously media relations supervisor at Universidad Aut—noma de Mƒxico in San Antonio.
The Hart Agency, Dallas, hired creative services coordinator Tiffany Schneller and media relations specialist Kelly Charles. Schneller was assistant fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, while Charles was a television reporter in Lubbock, Texas. Also, Lindsay Rolston was elevated to account executive for the Sally Beauty Supply, L'Image Salons and Spas and Novia Collection accounts.
Bruce Yager has joined the graphic arts/computer design department at Mithoff Advertising, El Paso.
Publicis/Bloom, Dallas, made the following staff additions: assistant account executive Michelle Grace, account executive Shelly Gutzler, assistant media planners Chris Knapp and Heidi Pottkotter, and junior mechanical artist Holly Jefferson.
Kevin Fisher was named sales and marketing director for Core Laboratories, Houston.
Dana Landis has joined The Grayson Group, Dallas, as production and traffic manager. Landis was advertising coordinator for COMSAT in Chicago, handling advertising, public relations, trade show management, marketing production and corporate image promotion.
Black Rogers Sullivan Goodnight, Houston, tapped media planner and buyer Bill Boyle and media assistant James Mullins for its MediaU.S.A. affiliate, and also hired assistant account manager Jennifer Lott for the public relations department.
Gigi Cone arrived at charlieuniformtango, Dallas, as an editor. She was previously creative off-line editor for The OBE Partnership in London. She has also worked as a film editor in Chicago.
Account coordinator Lisa Denman, art director Sherry Towery and public relations and new business manager Nicole Pritchett are new hires at R.J. Kolar Advertising and Marketing in Austin.
Howard Toole was appointed Dallas general manager for Houston-based Metro Networks. Toole owned and operated three radio stations in Arkansas before coming to Metro.
Fogarty Klein & Partners, Houston, added art director Kerry Otto, formerly with Houston's Rives Carlberg; account supervisor Molly Dabney, also from Rives; account manager Tanya Rhodes from Bates Southwest, Houston; and account manager David Toner from BBDO South, Atlanta. The agency also promoted Mark Whitfield to media supervisor.
Byrne Johnson, Dallas, hired Carla Harrell as account supervisor. Harrell held the same position at Dally, Dallas.
Kent Couch, vice president and general manager of Type Case, Fort Worth, was elected president of the Southern Graphic Arts Professionals, a regional affiliate of the International Digital Imaging Association. He will serve a one-year term.
Rick Johnson & Co., Albuquerque, hired print buyer Melissa George and fulfillment coordinator Margaret Ann Chavez, and promoted Jason O'Brien to art director.
Harold's Stores, Norman, named Catherine Cook its director of marketing. Cook has been with Harold's for seven years, most recently holding the assistant director of marketing post.