on the move

TEXAS
Coffee/Black in Dallas welcomes Supriya Wagle, formerly with DDB, as art director. Robert Blumenstock enters the ranks as account supervisor. Previously, he worked at The Maxfield Group and Fogarty Klein.
BBDO Houston has chosen Sharon Hatzel to fill the newly created position of vice president and research director. Hatzel was recently department manager for marketing research and category management at Pennzoil.
Paladin Staffing Services, a placement company for advertising and communications professionals, has appointed Patricia J. Elles as managing director of the new Dallas office.
Gugel Advertising, Dallas, has hired Myrna Rainer as director of human resources and Michael Cupples as planning assistant.
Fort Worth-based Graphic Concepts Group has elevated staffers Todd Stinson and Neil Foster to the position of vice president. Tom Womack has been hired as an account executive to oversee the agency’s new public relations department. Glenn Caldwell and Paula Leck join the group as art directors and Barbara Spann joins as account/production coordinator.
Foote, Cone & Belding has made recent additions and promotions to its Dallas-based Taco Bell team. Nicole Davis has been hired as account coordinator; promotions up Stacey Peacock to account supervisor, Carl Foster to account executive and Robert Farrington to assistant account executive.
NEW MEXICO
Rick Johnson & Co., Albuquerque, recently promoted Michelle Portillo to senior public relations account executive.
Wright Edge, Albuquerque, has promoted Cindy Powers from media buyer to media director. Powers joined the agency in 1995.
LOUISIANA
Media Direct of New Orleans has announced several new hires. Cindy Hamilton, a former account executive at WHBQ-TV Memphis, has been named director of the company’s Memphis office. Kelly Sorrells, formerly a public relations specialist at Cellular One Baton Rouge, has been named promotions director at the firm’s New Orleans headquarters. Scott Saporito, a former media director at Bray Media in Baton Rouge, joins the company as senior account executive.