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Lee A. Shobe to chairman, DowBrands, Indianapolis, succeeding Joseph Downey, now senior VP at Dow Chemical. Mr. Shobe will continue as chief executive officer. Also: Mike A. McLain to president and chief operating officer, DowBrands, from group VP, DowBrands Europe.

James Hart to senior VP, Scripps Howard TV station group, Cincinnati, including nine local TV stations, Home & Garden television, broadcast programming production house Scripps Howard Productions and cable programming production house Cinetel Productions; from president, Multimedia Inc.'s broadcast division.

William F. Marlieb to president, Magazine Publishing Group of General Media International, New York, from president of marketing, sales and circulation.

Lim Peacock to executive director of creative services, International Family Entertainment, Virginia Beach, Va., from director of on-air promotions. Also: Jose Barcita to director of creative services from president and creative director, Barcita & Barcita.

Julie Engel to senior VP-advertising, Best Buy Co., Minneapolis, from VP-advertising.

Steve Rowse to VP-customer strategy and business development, Veryfine Products, Westford, Mass., a new post, from VP-marketing. He is succeeded by Al Carosi, previously senior VP-marketing services, Hasbro/Parker Brothers, Beverly.

Michael Beindorff to exec VP-marketing and product management, Visa International, San Francisco, from senior VP-marketing, Rhodes Inc.

Chris Wall to associate creative director, Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore., from senior VP-worldwide creative director, BBDO World- wide, Los Angeles, and CLM/BBDO, Paris.

Paul Turcotte to associate publisher, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, from advertising director. Also at the Times Mirror magazines: Jeff Paro to advertising manager from national sales manager, Tennis Magazine.

Rob Schapiro to senior VP-creative director, Ketchum Advertising/Pittsburgh, from creative director, Earle Palmer Brown, Richmond, Va.

Art Bower to senior VP-account director, business-to-business group of Fogarty & Klein Partners, Houston, from senior VP-account director, Bates Southwest/CME.

Hala Moddelmog to senior VP-general manager, Church's Fried Chicken, Atlanta, from VP-marketing.

Diane Sullivan to president, Children's Group of Stride Rite Corp., Cambridge, Mass., from VP-marketing, women's products, Rockport Co., Marlborough. She succeeds Meg Whitman, now president-CEO, Florists Transworld Delivery, Southfield, Mich.

Andrew Mason to creative director, Tatham Euro RSCG, Chicago, from associate creative director. Also: Kristina Gibson and George Kusch named creative directors from free lancers.

Kim Hatamiya to senior VP-general manager, Fox Latin American Channel, Los Angeles, from VP-on air promotions, business affairs and technical operations. She replaces Concepcion Lara, who left.

Tim Kostka, 37, to associate creative director-automotive division, W.B. Doner & Co., Southfield, Mich., from senior art director, Paradigm Communications, Tampa, Fla.

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