On The Move


NEW YORK
John Nieman has been appointed vice chairman, chief creative officer of DMB&B Worldwide, headquartered in New York. Neiman had been serving as both worldwide creative director and as chief creative officer of DMB&B in New York. Graham Woodall has also been elevated to executive vice president, executive creative director, DMB&B in New York from executive vice president, group creative director.
Foote, Cone & Belding, New York, has named Ron Bess to the newly created post of president. Bess had been president of FCB in Chicago.
DDB Needham, New York, reported the following new hires: copywriter David Lowe, who joined DDB from Arnold Communications in Boston; Kate Murphy, a senior writer, who worked at J. Walter Thompson and DDB in Chicago; copywriter Augie Cosentino, who comes from Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York; and copywriter Dan Cohen, from McCann-Erickson, New York.
Doug McMahon has rejoined J. Walter Thompson, New York, as executive vice president, working with chairman and chief executive officer Chris Jones and the agency’s worldwide client executive group. He was most recently executive vice president of the New York-based National Mall Network.
Michael Bianchi has joined DiNoto Lee, New York, as the shop’s first director of business development. Bianchi was most recently at TBWA Chiat/Day, New York, as an account director. Before that, he was a media planner at Stone & Simons Advertising in Southfield, Mich., and an assistant media planner at DMB&B, Detroit.
Jay Advertising, Rochester, has hired Bob Summers as creative director in its newly opened Atlanta office. A 20-year retail brand and advertising veteran, Summers had been group creative director at McCann-Erickson in New York and creative director at McCann in Atlanta.
Drake Sparkman and Benjamin Wheeler have joined Seiter & Miller Advertising, New York, as principals and creative directors. Sparkman was creative director at Griffin Bacal, New York. Wheeler most recently was a partner and senior art director at J. Walter Thompson, New York.
Sonia R. Heitzmann has been tapped by Culver Associates, New York, as media supervisor. She comes from O’Leary Clarke & Partners, New York.
Jeff McKay Inc., New York, has appointed Erin Hawker public relations director. Hawker had served as special events manager for Fashion Group International.
Greenstone Roberts Advertising, Melville, has named Monsignor Thomas Hartman to its board of directors.
Tracy Scordato has been named director, public relations, by Bozell Worldwide, New York. She most recently served as manager, public relations.
Eller Media Co., New York, has named Mario DiTomasi vice president for sales and marketing.
Seventeen, New York, has named Lori Applbaum marketing director. Applbaum, former director of promotion and merchandising at McCall’s, will oversee the magazine’s 20-member marketing staff, including the merchandising and promotion departments.
Public relations firm Hunter & Associates, New York, has named Grace Thompson Leong president and chief operating officer. She had been vice president. Hunter also promoted Jason Winocour to account supervisor, and elevated Christian Borges to account executive. In addition, the agency reported five new hires: Karen Bennett Mathis as an account supervisor, Melissa Rosen and Valerie Breslow as senior account executives, Melanie Maasch as an account executive and Whitney Smith as a junior account executive.
MSA Promotions Group, New York, has appointed Don Egan director of event marketing. Egan had filled the same post at Grybauskas Beatrice, New York.
Rainbow Advertising Sales, New York, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, has tapped Terri Morse as senior vice president, general manager of Rainbow Interactive, a new division devoted to Internet marketing. She had been senior vice president, marketing and sales development, for Softbank Interactive Marketing.
Jim McCabe has been named associate publisher, East at Worth, New York. He had been financial and New York advertising manager of the magazine.
Family Life, New York, has named Marcy Elkin merchandising and promotion manager in the New York office and Karen A. Kelly account manager in the Los Angeles office.
Swissair, Melville, has named Jacqueline Pash director of corporate communications, North America and Barbara Jacobsen as director of marketing services, North America. Pash is responsible for media activities in North America; Jacobsen oversees a team of seven specialists and coordinators who are responsible for corporate communications, product management, direct marketing, leisure traffic and research and planning.
Progressive Marketing Group, Melville, has named Gary Cucchi account executive. He was most recently an account executive with Long Island Telephone.
Intellect ASW, Melville, a provider of sell-through data for the information technology industry, has named Sima A. Vasa vice president for information technology tracking. Vasa is responsible for sales, operations and new product development.
Forbes, New York, has promoted Sean Hegarty to vice president, finance. He had been vice president and secretary of Forbes Inc.
King Features Syndicate, New York, has tapped Ita Goldman as vice president, North American licensing and Cathleen Titus as vice president, international licensing.
Porter Novelli, New York, has promoted Dierdre Carraher to account executive from assistant account executive in the public relations firm’s consumer division. Carraher will work on sports promotions and brand marketing projects for Kellogg’s. Also at Porter Novelli, Amy Hunter was promoted to senior account executive from account executive. She will work on projects for Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ transplant drugs. Michelle Ertischeck was also promoted to senior account executive in the healthcare division. Susan Gibcowicz was promoted to account supervisor from senior account executive in the healthcare division. Megan Hedden was hired from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in Washington as a senior account executive in the healthcare division and Brittany Ellenbogen, formerly of Kaplow Communications, New York, was hired as an account executive in the consumer division.
Medicus Group International, New York, has tapped Paul Paech as senior vice president, European creative director. Paech had been creative director at Sudler & Hennessey Europe. Medicus also designated 14 senior managers for its worldwide management team: Craig Brown, vice chairman, chief operating officer of the MacManus Group; Nicholas Collucci, managing director, Medicus New York; Peter Doyle, president, Medicus Asia-Pacific; Gary Elman, executive vice president, chief financial officer; Penny Hawkey, executive vice president and executive creative director, New York; David Lewnes, president, Medicus Intercon KK, Tokyo; Mike Marino, president, Medicus New York, and director of global business development; Jerome O’Shaughnessy, senior vice president, worldwide management training director, Medicus New York; Paech; Kenneth Rabin, chairman, InterScience; Edward Rady, president, Medicus Medical Education, New York; Carol Reichert, president, Total Learning Concepts, Boston; Barbro Rydell, vice president, European controller, Medicus Group International; and Gert Schluter, Chairman, Medicus Intercom, Weisbaden, Germany.
Visa USA has named Robert Shapiro vice president, national media relations. A 10-year public relations veteran, Shapiro had been vice president at Principal Communications, a firm providing strategic communications, media relations and crisis communications counsel.

NEW JERSEY
The Sawtooth Group, Woodbridge, reported two new hires: Carl Russo, formerly of Sudler & Hennessy, New York, as director of account coordination; and Anna Maria Fitzgerald, formerly of Wakefern Food, as senior Macintosh computer artist. The public relations agency also elevated Jessica Giel to assistant art director from designer; Craig Savage to assistant art director; and Joe Wall to copywriter from proofreader/editor.
Kerwin Communications, West Caldwell, has hired Tom Losee as consultant for new business development. Losee had been vice president and publisher of Architectural Digest, New York.
GWP, a Bridgewater-based promotion marketing agency, reported the following new hires: Mercedes Belandres, formerly coordinator of corporate communications at MarketSource in Cranbury, as account executive for Summit Bank; Suzanne Bell, formerly management supervisor at Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG, New York, as management supervisor on the Summit Bank account; Rachel Braun, a former graphic designer at IVC Industries, Freehold, as art director; and Trish Castro, a former materials coordinator at Fairview Advertising, Prospect Park, as production coordinator on the Summit Bank account.

CONNECTICUT
Madison Direct Marketing, Greenwich, reported several hirings: Joe Bassone as controller, Daphne Case as operations manager, Tory Lupinacci as software support specialist, Margaret Matlak as accounts receivable coordinator, Bobbi Francis-Hilton as executive assistant, Karen Willoughby as database analyst, Monica Forrest as junior contracting coordinator, Jennifer Spitznagel as production assistant, Sean Meehan as associate account manager and Daniella Pittocco as account executive.

PENNSYLVANIA
Praxis Communications, a Huntington Valley-based public relations firm, has named Bill Donahue public relations coordinator. Donahue previously worked for Allied Advertising/Public Relations and LRP Publications.
Steve Albertini has been named senior vice president, director of public relations at LevLane Advertising, Bala Cynwyd. Albertini was general manager/partner at Earle Palmer Brown’s Philadelphia office.
Earle Palmer Brown Interactive, Philadelphia, reported three moves: Antoinette Magano was hired as team administrator, Barbara Searles was promoted from account supervisor to account manager and Collie Andrews was promoted to media and account manager from operations manager.
Signature Communications, a marketing communications company with offices in Philadelphia and Willow Grove, has named David Holston senior art director and Monique Nanton art director.
Harmelin & Associates, Bala Cynwyd, reported the following promotions: Steve Zartarian to associate director of business-to-business; Sue Laks to media supervisor; Diane Lutz to director, print media services; Stephanie Merkel to senior planner; and Sherry Feinberg and Cheryl Klear to senior buyers/planners.
Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Willow Grove, has tapped Mark J. Sullivan as director, marketing communications. Sullivan will be responsible for the semiconductor assembly equipment maker’s advertising, collaterals, trade shows, public relations, direct marketing and Internet programs.
Norristown-based Mueller & Wister has tapped Jose (Pepe) Garcia as director of client services. Garcia had been a marketing and promotion development manager at Wyeth-Ayerst International, a division of American Home Products.