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GREY PROMOTES SHANNON HOWATSON QUITS GRUNER & JAHR MOERK NAMED EXED VP AT ROYAL AHOLD CREATIVE CONCEPTS' JACKSON DEAD AT 72

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AGENCY

Grey Advertising has named longtime executive John Shannon, 56, to the new post of president of Grey International, overseeing 202 offices outside the U.S. that bill $2.9 billion.

A 30-year Grey veteran, Mr. Shannon remains chairman-ceo of Grey's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa and will remain in London.

The move, which consolidates the international network under one executive, is seen as strengthening Mr. Shannon's place as part of Grey Chairman-CEO Edward Meyer's eventual succession team.

Other people moving:

Angela DiBartolo to president, Earle Palmer Brown's EPB Direct, Bethesda, Md., from exec VP-managing director, marketing communications group, Lintas, New York. She succeeds Russ Richmond, who left.

Paula Veale, 29, to VP-director of public relations, a new post at the Advertising Council, New York, from public relations director.

MEDIA

Howatson quits Gruner & Jahr

NEW YORK-Marianne Howatson has resigned as group publisher of Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing, effective Feb. 1. Her plans were unknown. No successor was named.

A former publisher of Self and director of international development for Conde Nast Publications, Ms. Howatson joined Gruner & Jahr-publisher of Parents and YM-in May 1992. Her decision to leave comes four months after John Heins' appointment as Gruner & Jahr president.

Other people moving:

David Allen Shaw to group VP, a new post at Advanstar Communications, Cleveland, from group publisher. He will oversee eight magazines based in Santa Ana, Calif., including Video Store Magazine and PC Graphics & Video.

ADVERTISER

Moerk named exec VP at Royal Ahold

ZAANDAM, Netherlands-Eddie Moerk, 48, has been named exec VP and a member of the executive board of Royal Ahold, a new post at the $14 billion international food retailer.

Mr. Moerk, whose appointment takes effect March 1, is currently president of Campbell Biscuits Europe, Brussels. While at Campbell, which he joined in November 1989, the Norwegian native brought an unprofitable company into the black; sales totaled $20 million in 1993.

Mr. Moerk's successful strategy in uniting five different brands, eight different kinds of packing and four independent European marketing centers earned him a place as one of Advertising Age International's Marketing Superstars of 1993.

Other people moving:

Thomas Studer to VP-general manager, a new post at Armour Food Co., a ConAgra division in Omaha, Neb., from president, Bay Brokerage, Charlotte, N.C.

Stephen Cone, 43, to senior marketing officer, a new post at Citibank, Chicago, from chairman, Epsilon, a Burlington, Mass., database management company.

OBITUARY

Creative Concepts' Jackson dead at 72

BOCA RATON, Fla.-Graham Jackson, 72, retired exec VP of Creative Concepts in Advertising, died Jan. 17 after a long illness. A former international marketing director for Faberge, New York, Mr. Jackson opened his own agency in Coral Springs in 1973, which later merged with Group 3hree Advertising, Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach. He joined CCA in 1988 and specialized in marketing to seniors.

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