Ackerman McQueen of Oklahoma City hired Doug Sweeny as senior vice president, managing director of its San Francisco office. Prior to joining Ackerman, Sweeny was an account director at Publicis & Hal Riney, also in San Francisco.

Creative-solutions company mOcean named Steve Kazanjian creative director, broadcast. Kazanjian, 32, will oversee creative work within the broadcast, new-business development, marketing and public relations spheres. He will also lead the Venice company’s movement into potential new profit centers such as entertainment marketing. Kazanjian was previously executive creative director and partner at The Content Project in Santa Monica.


BVP promoted Laura Brady to account executive. She is responsible for generating new business and managing client relations. Brady joined the Tampa shop in 2002 as office manager.


Creative Know-Who hired Nancy Bailey-Pineda as a dot-connector/ recruiter. She will recruit freelance and permanent talent for the Atlanta creative-staffing operation. Bailey-Pineda’s résumé includes stops at Saatchi & Saatchi in Torrance, Calif., and Team One Advertising in El Segundo, Calif.


Pohly & Partners brought aboard Amy Swearingen as vice president, strategic planning and client development, responsible for crafting strategy and creative solutions for various clients at the Boston custom-communications outfit. Previously, she was a full-time marketing consultant and also served as vice president, consulting director at Veridiem in Maynard. Swearingen also has held posts at Pagano Schenck & Kay and Duval Woglom Brueck- ner & Partners, both in Boston, and at Omnicom Group’s GSD&M in Austin, Texas.

Havas-owned Arnold in Boston added Michael Zagorsek as an account supervisor on the shop’s flagship Volkswagen of America account. Most recently, he was a program manager for Sapient in Cambridge.


Kerker, a full-service agency in Minneapolis, appointed Michael Atkinson a senior copywriter. Atkinson was at Carmichael Lynch, where his writing received a number of awards. At Kerker, he will work on the Piper Jaffray, Johnsonville and YMCA accounts and play a key role in new business. Atkinson has worked on a number of brands, including Belvedere Vodka, Harley-Davidson and Ikea.


Barkley Evergreen & Partners in Kansas City named Sarah Austin account manager. Before joining the agency, Austin was senior director of marketing and promotions at Meca Communications in Redding, Calif. BE&P also added Charles Irwin as a marketing specialist. Previously, Irwin was a producer at BlairLake New Media in Kansas City. BE&P employs more than 200 associates. The agency’s clients include Sonic Industries, Hallmark Cards, the Kansas Lottery and Lee Apparel Co.

Eight people were recently hired at NKH&W in Kansas City. They are Wendy Briggs, administrative assistant; Jill Cole, senior direct marketing strategist; Peter Cook and Stephanie Liss, copywriters; Anne Gacek, production assistant; Pat Housh, senior creative supervisor, direct marketing; Jennifer Noone, senior account executive; and Tracey Robertson, account executive. In addition, NKH&W promoted Andrew Kaminski to media buyer and Gina Scheve to media planner. Kaminski will handle print buying; Scheve will develop media strategies.


John Nosta, 43, former managing partner at MDC Group, was appointed executive vice president and chief creative officer at Noesis Healthcare Interactions, a CommonHealth advertising and promotion unit. At Noesis in Parsippany, Nosta will oversee all aspects of creative development and help develop growth strategies for the agency. CommonHealth is a WPP Group company.


Horizon Media named Erica Hunter vice president, account group head in the New York office. Hunter, one of three account team leaders at that office, will oversee the team that works on several entertainment, fast-food and retail accounts. She joins the shop from MediaVest in New York, where she served as vice president, associate media director supervising media planning for clients such as Minute Maid, Continental, Avon, Coldwell Banker and Lord Abbett. New York-based Horizon also has a full-service office in Los Angeles, as well as offices in Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Fluid, a New York-based music, sound-design and visual-effects studio, hired composer Judson Crane, 26. Crane formerly was with MusicPlayground in Andover, Mass., where he was senior music producer for three years. Crane also has built custom audio computers for music professionals and TV and film composers. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.


Nicole Lowe was appointed public relations manager at 160over90, a marketing-communications firm in Philadelphia. Before joining the shop, Lowe was a senior account executive at Young & Associates in Rockville, Md. During her five years there, she managed several accounts, including Verizon Information Services’ community-relations program, and directed the firm’s pro bono accounts. The agency also added Stephen Penning as a designer. Penning joins the staff from Gyro Worldwide, where he worked on Puma, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Chupa-Chups projects.


Rawle-Murdy Associates promoted Melissa Flynn to director of public relations. She joined the Charleston shop last year as an account executive. Prior to joining RMA, Flynn was a public relations manager at Laine Communications in Knoxville, Tenn.

Erwin-Penland hired Katie Searls as a graphic designer. She will work on the Greenville shop’s Wachovia account. Searls is a recent graduate of Bob Jones University, also in Greenville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design.


The Loomis Agency elevated director of client services Julie Marks to chief operating officer. Marks will maintain her client-services duties but will add executive-level management responsibilities at the Dallas shop.

Parrish Blanchard Schaefer Public Relations enlisted Beth Ann Black as an account manager. Prior to joining the Arlington shop, she operated a sole proprietorship, B.A.Black Public Relations in Dallas.

Dallas-based Michael & Partners promoted creative services coordinator Gretchen Keeney to creative services manager. Keeney will serve as project manager and graphic designer to Source and other clients.