Adweek named P. Kelly Smith editorial assistant in the Dallas office; she previously served as an editorial assistant for Entrepreneur magazine in Irvine, Calif. Smith, who reports to Dallas bureau chief Mindy Charski, will work on the On the Move, People and Calendar sections in the Southwest region for both print and online, and will report and write news stories for the Web.

Merkley Newman Harty & Partners in New York promoted six staffers to associate creative director posts: Harold Karp, Mark Abellera and Scott Zacaroli, who previously served as senior copywriters; and Steve Ohman, Mike MacNeill and Matthew Johnstone, who formerly worked as senior art directors.

Richard Lobel was appointed executive vice president at Infinity Promotions Group, a unit of Infinity Broadcasting in New York. Lobel will oversee all integrated marketing and creative solutions for Infinity Promotions. He will report to David Goodman, executive vice president of marketing at Infinity Broadcasting. Lobel previously served as president of Clear Channel Entertainment.


Little Rock-based The Communications Group hired Melissa Wilcoxson as a media planner/buyer; she will work on accounts such as ARKids First, BreastCare and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Wilcoxson joins from Sandia Advertising & Design in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was a media planner and buyer.


TBWA\Chiat\Day elevated senior planners Suzanne Powers and Dave Weaver to deputy planning directors. Weaver has been with TBWA\C\D for two years. He was on the Nissan team that developed the strategic platform “Shift” and also worked on the launch of the Z model. Weaver will now also work on the Infiniti account. Powers is a three-year TBWA\C\D veteran who has worked on Mars brands Uncle Ben’s, Whiskas and Seeds of Change. She will oversee planning on all noncar accounts, including Energizer, Apple and Adidas. The two assume the added responsibilities from planning director Richard Monturo, who is now working with TBWA\C\D’s New York office on a project basis, said Carisa Bianchi, chief strategy officer for TBWA\C\D in Playa del Rey. Powers and Weaver will report to Bianchi.

David McLees rose to senior vice president of artists and repertoire for Burbank-based Warner Strategic Marketing, a division of Warner Music Group. McLees formerly served as vice president of artists and repertoire for WSM’s Rhino Entertainment.


Karsh & Hagan hired Melissa Pert as a media planner for Globus, Cosmos and other accounts. Before joining the Denver agency, Pert was in marketing and media in Minneapolis, where she worked on Target. The shop also promoted Melissa Beatty from management supervisor to director of account management.


Stefanie Pont was promoted to vice president, corporate media director at Brann Worldwide. A three-year veteran of the agency’s Wilton headquarters, Pont was previously corporate media director, overseeing all direct mail placement and later expanding her role to cover all media planning and placement for the shop. She reports to Ken Shearer, executive vice president, general manager of Brann Data in Richmond, Va. Brann operates as a unit of Havas’ Arnold network.


St. John & Partners Advertising & Public Relations promoted one employee and added six to its staff. Drew Hack was named senior account manager of the Vistakon account team; Hack comes to the Jacksonville shop from Galyans in Lombard, Ill., where he was department manager. Melynn Cole was appointed field account manager of the Zaxby’s account team; Cole formerly was an account executive on Taco Bell account services for Foote, Cone & Belding in Atlanta. Brent Mackie joined the Ford advertising team as advertising coordinator; Mackie most recently worked as advertising coordinator for Publix Supermarkets in its marketing and advertising department. Tara Nigro-Schmitz was named planning assistant of the media team; she is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. Heidi Shelley was hired as accounting assistant; she previously worked at Premiers Conferencing in Colorado Springs, Colo. Amy Caudle joined the agency’s accounting team as an accounting assistant; she formerly was a bookkeeper at Connor, Hubbard & Co. in Orange Park. Kim Moran was promoted from receptionist and administrative assistant to a media planning assistant.


The Abovo Group in Atlanta named Rick Nichols president. The new hire frees up agency founder and CEO Karen See to focus on new- business development. Nichols will manage account service and executive coaching for Abovo’s existing accounts. Most recently, Nichols was vice president and principal of The Complex Sale, a marketing company in Alpharetta.


Gary Bell joined Devine & Pearson in Quincy as project manager of the interactive department. Previously, Bell worked as a content manager for the IT Factory in Boston and as a LAN support technician at Harvard University.


Innis Maggiore in Canton promoted senior art director Brian Brinkman and senior copywriter Clare Kettering Jones to associate creative directors. The agency also promoted senior art director Brian Bradway to director of multimedia.


Tulsa-based Brothers & Co. named Rebecca Dickenson a writer/producer. Dickenson previously worked for Littlefield, Impact Productions and TV Guide Prevue Channel.


SFGT in Philadelphia hired Liz Schneider as art director; she will work initially on the Lathian Systems, Metro and SEI Investments accounts. She formerly was art director at McCarroll Marketing in Chicago.


The Leslie Agency in Greenville named Jim Mitchell management supervisor for its BI-LO supermarket account. Most recently, Mitchell worked at Keller Crescent in Evansville, Ind., where he was vice president, management supervisor on the Fruit of the Loom business.


Tracy Locke Partnership in Dallas promoted two group account directors to partners: Elwanda Edwards and Cathy Brown. Edwards manages The Launch Point, a Tracy Locke subsidiary that works with consumer-goods accounts such as Brown-Forman, Hasbro, KFC and Pizza Hut. Brown will direct Tracy Locke’s account team that serves Food Service and Vending Sales, a division of PepsiCo.