Rob Claxton, 43, to senior VP-advertising and marketing, Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, a new position, from VP-advertising. Susan Ruff, 40, succeeds Mr. Claxton, from director of creative advertising.
Mark E. MacDonald to group publisher, Individual Investor Group, New York, from founder, Association of Independent Business Owners. He succeeds Jay Burzon, who left the company last year.
John R. Schueler to publisher, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, from president-chief operating officer, Orange County (Calif.) Register. He succeeds Joel Kramer, who left the company.
Jerry Preyss to president, Wolf Meldrum & Fewsmith, Cleveland, formerly Meldrum & Fewsmith, from principal of his own agency, the Playground. He succeeds Chris Perry, who is retiring.
Kevin Wall to vice chairman, Internet company iXL Holdings, Los Angeles, a new position, from founder and CEO, iXL West.
Keith Watson, 43, to exec VP-worldwide sales and marketing, Silicon Graphics, Mountain View, Calif., from VP-general manager, Worldwide Commercial Channels Organization, Hewlett-Packard Co., Santa Clara. He succeeds Gary Lauer, who left the company.
Dawn Sibley to exec VP-corporate media director, Western International Media, Los Angeles and New York, a new position, from president, local broadcast division. Kathy Crawford succeeds Ms. Sibley, from exec VP-president/managing director, Western Direct. Lucy St. George, in turn, succeeds Ms. Crawford, from exec VP and president-account services, Western Direct.
Stephen E. Schlachter to director-advertising and promotions, Trans World Airlines, St. Louis, from VP-marketing development, Vanguard Airlines.
Mike Emerson to group management director, Foote, Cone & Belding, New York, a new position, from senior VP and management director.