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James Murdoch to president, News America Digital Publishing, a new division of News America Publishing Group, New York, from VP-new media, News Corp.

C. Richard Allen, 43, to president-CEO, National Geographic Ventures, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, Washington, from senior VP-business development, Discovery Communications, New York. He succeeds John Fahey, now exec VP-chief operating officer, National Geographic Society.

Tod Rathbone to account director on Eveready Battery Co.'s Energizer account, TBWA Chiat/Day, Venice, Calif., from VP-management supervisor, BBDO Worldwide, Los Angeles. Account Director Maggie Silverman gives up her Energizer responsibilities but retains Sony Computer Entertainment.

Erica Boyse to account supervisor on General Motors Corp.'s Pontiac Sunfire account, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich., from account exec, J. Walter Thompson USA, Chicago. She succeeds Tesa Aragones, now advertising/marketing manager, Volkswagen of America, Auburn Hills, Mich.

David Haan to chief operating officer-managing partner, a new post at Earle Palmer Brown, Philadelphia, from president, Foote, Cone & Belding Canada.

Laurie Null to managing director, Wunderman Cato Johnson, Detroit, from brand team leader on the national car account for Ford Motor Co.'s Mercury brand at sister company Y&R Advertising. She succeeds Wally Thursam, now on special assignment at WCJ Worldwide.


Benjamin Joseph White, 51, a well-known copywriter at DDB Needham Worldwide, San Francisco, died Nov. 10 following a short illness.

Paul de Guzman, 90, former principal of Royal & de Guzman, New York, died Nov. 14 of respiratory failure in Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. de Guzman co-founded Royal & de Guzman in 1944, working on such clients as Advertising Age, The New Yorker

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