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Katherine E. Johnson to director of strategic marketing at U.S. News & World Report, from director of marketing for LiveWave, a Boston-based broadband programming startup. She will report to Robert Mattaliano, VP-strategic marketing. Susan Blank is departing the publisher's slot at Fairchild Publications' W magazine after just four months. A company spokeswoman said a new publisher could be named as early as the week of July 24.

Thomas Cotton to the new post of president, DDB Ventures, New York. Mr. Cotton, previously president-global business at J. Walter Thompson Co., will spearhead integrated marketing and acquisitions.

Playboy.com CEO Kevin Mayer has left the company. Larry Lux, former CEO of Pseudo, has been named as his replacement.

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