Andrew Gelman to VP-business affairs, Rodale, New York, from director-business development, Inside.com. Molly Cole,49, to associate publisher, Rodale's Organic Style, New York, from director-consumer goods and services advertising, Hearst Corp.'s Good Housekeeping, New York.
Ron Erskine, 39, to VP-marketing properties, National Basketball Association, New York, from senior VP-lifestyle properties, Interpublic's Octagon Marketing.
Jill Murphy, 39, to chief development officer, Interpublic's Weber Shandwick, New York, from exec VP-WorldGroup business development.
Samantha Sargeant, 37, to director-special projects, Promotional Management Group, San Antonio, from special-events coordinator, SeaWorld San Antonio.
Noreen Rafferty, 45, to associate publisher, Gruner & Jahr USA's Family Circle, New York, from national advertising director. Also: Lynne Berentson to marketing director, Rosie, from CEO, RS Communications; and Jeanne Sachs , 37, to national sales director from group publisher-youth division, The Magazine Consultancy.
Debbie Kirsh, 47,to VP-operations, Comedy Central, a joint venture of AOL Time Warner and Viacom, New York, from manager-digital TV. Also: Steve AlbAni, 31, to VP-corporate communications. He had overseen publicity for all East coast productions.
Nicholas J. Ferrari to CEO, Beta Research Corp.'s Erdos & Morgan, New York, from VP-Chief Marketing Officer, DMIND Corp. He replaces John J. Bedell who resigned.
Jim Benson, retired executive creative director of the former Eisaman, Johns & Laws, Los Angeles, died March 15. He was 75. Mr. Benson and his teams created notable campaigns for several brands, including Pennzoil and Kahlua.