CHICAGO-After 21 years in the automotive industry, Jan Thompson is taking up golf.
The 44-year-old executive is leaving Mazda Motor of America, Irvine, Calif., where she is VP-sales operations, to become VP-general manager of Wilson Sporting Goods Co.'s U.S. golf division.
Ms. Thompson succeeds Ed Abrain, who resigned, effective Sept. 1.
Her career in the car business consistently defied the boys-only tradition. She began at Chrysler Corp., working at the company's Highland Park, Mich., headquarters and in the field.
Ms. Thompson moved to Toyota Motor Sales USA, Torrance, Calif., in 1984 as video communications manager and took just two years to work up to national advertising manager for trucks.
In 1988, she was named marketing operations manager for Lexus, the upscale division Toyota created that year. She left the following year to join Mazda as VP-marketing.
Ms. Thompson is a passionate golf fan and was instrumental in maintaining a sports marketing program at Mazda that included a title sponsorship of the LPGA Championship.
Other people moving:
Robert Bean left his post last week as head of advertising and media quality at British Telecom, London, to start his own advertising company.
Richard Postle to president-chief operating officer, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Clearwater, Fla., from senior VP, KFC Corp., Louisville, Ky. He succeeds James White, now CEO-vice chairman.
Douglas MacIntyre, 42, to president-chief operating officer, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Atlanta, from president, Software 200. He succeeds Hank Holland, who left. Mr. MacIntyre earlier was president of Management Science America before it merged into D&B Software.
C. Mack to VP-marketing, a new post at Ryder Consumer Truck Rental, Miami, from group director of marketing.
CHICAGO-Chicago Sun-Times Co. CEO Sam S. McKeel, also publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, will retire July 31.
Mr. McKeel, 67, who headed The Philadelphia Inquirer before arriving in Chicago five years ago, cited the recent purchase of the Sun-Times Co. by Conrad Black's American Publishing Co. for his departure.
"In the tough, competitive environment of Chicago, these newspapers need only one clear leadership voice and that can now be provided by American Publishing Co. officials," Mr. McKeel said. "So I have concluded that now is the time to remove myself."
Other people moving:
Betsy Carter to editor, New Woman, New York, from consultant, Hearst Magazines Development Group. She succeeds Karen Walden, who left.
Susan Feinberg to VP-interactive media advertising sales, a new post at MTV Networks, New York, from market development director. She will work with advertisers involved in Viacom's interactive media endeavors, including its Castro Valley, Calif., test.
Melinda Ward to senior VP-director of programming, a new post at Public Radio International, Minneapolis, from senior VP-cultural programming.
Wendy Corbett to marketing director-Asia/Pacific, a new post at the International Herald Tribune, Hong Kong, from free-lance consultant.
Michael J. Morrison, 29, to development director, a new post at Gates Communications, Richmond, Va., a college media specialty company, from associate director, East European Language & Business Associates, Washington.
SYDNEY-Allan "Jo" Johnston, 53, co-founder of Mojo Australia with Alan "Mo" Morris, 51, is quitting at the end of the month to rejoin Hertz Walpole, where he began his career.
"Mojo has been my life since Mo and I teamed up as a free-lance consultancy in 1974," Mr. Johnston said. "But now that my contract has expired, the idea of becoming a partner with my old mate and former boss Jim Walpole in a somewhat less stressful environment appeals to me."
Mojo, Advertising Age's International Agency of the Year in 1987, was bought in 1989 by Chiat/Day, Venice, Calif. Foote, Cone & Belding Communications, Chicago, acquired Mojo 18 months ago.
Greville Patterson will take over as creative director from senior creative.
Other people moving:
Gerard Pedraglio to president, Publicis FCB MAC Italy, Milan, from exec VP, Publicis FCB Communications Europe, Paris. He succeeds Claudio Maria Masi, who's leaving. The two worked together since last July, when Mr. Masi was placed under investigation for alleged kickbacks in a governmental anti-AIDS campaign.
Randy Jones, 46, to president, a new post at the Randolph Partnership, Atlanta, from the same title at CHD Public Relations. CHD, a division of Cole Henderson Drake, was spun off to become the Randolph Partnership.
R. John Cooper, exec VP-general counsel and secretary of Young & Rubicam Inc., New York, is taking an "extended, indefinite" leave of absence from the agency for personal reasons.
Lisa Unsworth, 31, to exec VP-director of marketing services, a new post at Houston, Effler & Partners, Boston, from senior VP-director of media and marketing services. Rowena Alston, named senior VP-media director, from VP-media supervisor, Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, assumes Ms. Unsworth's duties. Also: Kevin Powers, hired two months ago as VP-account director to head the agency's $35 million NEC Technologies business, said he will leave to pursue a corporate marketing position.
Fred Zuckerman, 37, to senior VP-director of media planning, Jordan, McGrath, Case, & Taylor, New York, from VP-director of media planning. He succeeds and Jane Fuller, who left. Also: Thomas Hickey, 29, to VP-associate media director, from media supervisor. He succeeds Jan Bernstein, who left.
Martin Macdonald, 35, to executive creative director, overseeing four Southeast offices of West Advertising & Marketing, Tampa, Fla., from exec VP, Asher/Gould, Los Angeles. He succeeds Doug Hardee, who left.
Richie Kahn, 45, and Bryan Lahr, 36, to co-creative directors, Harris Drury Cohen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from group creative directors. They succeed partner Stan Harris, now head of strategic development, a new post working on client relations and new business.
ESSEX, Conn.-William J. Colihan Jr., 79, former Young & Rubicam and American Association of Advertising Agencies executive, died July 1 of pneumonia at his home.
Mr. Colihan started his career in 1936 as a Y&R mail-room messenger and rose, after Navy service during World War II, to exec VP.
He left in 1968 to pursue public service-oriented advertising.