Carsen Anthonisen joined Mering & Associates as director of business development. Anthonisen, 46, recently held a similar position and was a partner at Internet-development firm 4th Revolution. In his new role, he will lead all new-business efforts for Mering’s Sacramento office.


Fahey/Davidson hired Tim Labus as vice president of business development. He joins the Washington shop from Abramson Labus Van De Velde, also in Washington, where he was president and CEO.


TBS Superstation and Turner Network Television promoted three employees. Ken Schwab was named senior vice president of programming for TBS and TNT. He joined the Atlanta company in 1994 and most recently was senior vice president of programming, acquisitions and new media for TNT. Jennifer Dorian, formerly vice president of brand marketing for TNT, rose to senior vice president of branding and business development for TNT and TBS. She was hired in 2000 as vice president of brand development. Laura Dames was elevated to senior vice president of marketing operations for TNT and TBS. She was formerly vice president of marketing operations for TNT.


Arnold Worldwide Partners in Chicago promoted Sarah Egan to account executive. Egan joined the agency in May 2001 as account coordinator on the Harris Bank business.


Jessen Wehrwein rose from account director to client strategist at Via. He works mainly on the Portland-based agency’s Analog Devices account. Wehrwein joined Via in 2001 from Interpublic Group’s Mullen in Wenham, Mass. The agency also named Gerhard Koenderink associate creative director. He will work on various assignments. Koenderink previously spent five years in the creative department at Stimulus of Miami and has also worked for IPG’s McCann-Erickson.


Arnold elevated Margit Jacobson from account executive to account supervisor. She works on Royal Caribbean, one of the largest clients handled by the Havas-owned agency in Boston. Arnold also added Paul Dome and Julian Gross as account executives on the same piece of business. Dome joins from Havas’ Euro RSCG Circle in Boston, and Gross from independent Boston agency Digitas. Also coming to Arnold as account executives are David Rowden and Tara Eskholme. The former had been with Interpublic Group’s Mullen in Wenham, and he will now work on Citizens Bank at Arnold. Eskholme had been with eDialog in Lexington, and she will work on Arnold’s Teradata account.

Senior communications counsel Ian Stanton joined Malden agency Topaz Partners. Stanton has worked on programs for many consumer and b-to-b clients through the years, including Fujitsu, Eddie Bauer and Premier Technologies. He comes to Topaz after recent stints working at New England-area shops that included Miller/Shandwick, Mullen and Cone. In addition, Todd Van Hoosear arrived at Topaz as a senior communications counsel. Most recently, he was an account director at Weber Shandwick, leading the team that helped launch CMG’s Wireless Data Solutions. He also has overseen public relations programs for EFT Group and Headstrong. Prior to Weber Shandwick, he served as marketing communications manager for Primix, supervising its public relations efforts and supporting investor relations, direct marketing and advertising.


Simons Michelson Zieve Advertising in Troy added Jennifer Sheehan as account executive. She has held advertising and marketing posts at Nordstrom, Doner and Providence Hospital.


Sonja Youngwith joined NKH&W in Kansas City as associate media director. She will assist in the supervision of all media planning at the agency, as well as work with specific clients. Youngwith began her career in media at Euro RSCG Tatham in Chicago. She then became a media supervisor at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago. Most recently, Youngwith was with Starcom MediaVest Group in Chicago, where she managed media for several major packaged-goods brands. NKH&W also hired Robert Inderman as vice president, director of public relations.


Wunderman New York appointed Michael Sugzda senior vice president, group account director. He will be responsible for overseeing the Club Med, Clairol, 1-800-Flowers and Scotts accounts, among others. Sugzda, 49, will report to Barry Kessel, president of Wunderman New York. Sugzda has more than two decades of direct marketing experience. He previously was president of Direct Partners New York. Wunderman is a division of Young & Rubicam Inc. and a member of WPP Group.

The New York Festivals hired Anne White as director of marketing. She will focus on raising awareness of the New York-based organization’s nine U.S. and international awards competitions. From 1992-94, White, 53, was creative services director at the New York Festivals’ former headquarters in Chappaqua. For the past few years, she has worked in information technology in the U.S. and Britain, most recently as marketing manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions of New Jersey.


Gregg Quisito was named general sales manager at WMGK, 102.9 FM. Prior to this Philadelphia position, Quisito managed sales at WWRM-FM in Tampa, Fla. His career in radio began in Lancaster, where he served as an account executive, and he also has worked at WZQA-FM in York.


RDW Group hired James Franz as technical director for its interactive-services group. In this new position at the independent Providence shop, Franz will be responsible for the design and implementation of the agency’s Web projects. For the past two years, Franz has held a similar post at Benes Brand Imaging in Lexington, Mass.


Tuerff-Davis EnviroMedia appointed Jamie Baker senior media planner and buyer. Prior to joining the Austin shop, Baker was a senior media planner at The Davis Group, also in Austin. TDE also hired Shelly Beaird as media planner and buyer. Previously, Beaird worked as an associate media director at Austin-based Sherry Matthews Advertising. In addition, TDE added Reg Herde, John Burger, Jeremy Van Pelt, Loren Pospisil and Gayla Whinery as account manager, account coordinator, production artist, audio-visual production assistant and media department assistant, respectively.

Michael & Partners in Dallas added Jerry Phillips as a new media specialist. Before joining the shop, Phillips worked as a graphic designer and multimedia specialist at Novo Networks, also in Dallas.