Comings and Goings

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James Smith, 52, to president-CEO, Aurora Foods, St. Louis, from president-chief operating officer, ConAgra Frozen Foods. He succeeds Ian Wilson, who resigned in February.

Pam McKissick, 54, to president-chief operating officer, a new position at TV Guide Television Group, New York, from exec VP-general manager, Prevue Networks.

Jonathan Hoffman, 37, to exec VP-executive creative director, a new position at Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, from senior VP-executive creative director.

Terrie Paladino to U.S. chief development officer, a new position at Publicis, New York, from chief operating officer, Angotti, Thomas, Hedge.

Alan Fonorow, 53, to senior VP-executive creative director, DraftWorldwide, Chicago, from chief creative officer, Kobs Gregory Passavant. Also at Draft, New York: Suzanne Welling, 27, to senior VP-director of planning and acquisitions, from manager-financial analysis and acquisitions, Interpublic Group of Cos.

Lisa Romano to VP-marketing, KnightRidder.com, San Jose, Calif., from a consultant.

Don Byer to director, national media cause-related marketing, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, New York, a new position, from senior VP-deputy director of operations.

Matt Sonnhalter, 29, to account director, a new position at Pickett Advertising, San Francisco, from account director, McCann-Erickson/A&L.

Brian Klein, 35, to publisher, Emap Petersen's Sport, New York, from director of advertising. He succeeds Mark Goldsmith now VP-publisher, Motor Trend and Truck Trend.

OBITUARY

Gene Duckwall, a West Coast executive with Foote, Cone & Belding and the American Association of Advertising Agencies for nearly 40 years, died Feb. 19 in San Gabriel, Calif. He was 93. Mr. Duckwall worked at Lord & Thomas and its successor, Foote Cone, for 31 years, leaving in June 1965 as VP-director of research and media to spend eight years as VP of the Four A's western region (AA, June 14, 1965).

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