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Candace Robbins to brand manager on 88, Regency and LSS at General Motors Corp.'s Oldsmobile Division, Lansing, Mich., from merchandising manager of GM's Pontiac-GMC unit. Brand Manager John Gatt drops those brands, keeps Aurora and adds a future product code-named GMX.

Mark Kaline a broadcast media manager for divisional and corporate ads, a new post at Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., from senior VP-media director, General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet account at Campbell-Ewald, Warren. His expected successor at the agency is Kevin Donley, senior VP-media manager on Chevy Malibu and Cavalier.

Michael Talovich to senior VP-brand marketing partner, Pontiac Grand Am, at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich., from senior VP-brand marketing partner, Pontiac Firebird and Montana. He succeeds VP Mary Bester, named to the new post of brand marketing partner on Cadillac DeVille.

Stephen Carter to chief executive, J. Walter Thompson, London, from managing director. He succeeds Dominic Proctor, now chief operating officer of MindShare, the WPP Group unit merging the media operations of JWT and Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.

William Hyde Jr. to president-CEO, a vacant post at the 59-unit Ruth's Chris Steak House, Metairie, La., from president-chief operating officer, Morton's Restaurant Group, New Hyde Park, N.Y., operator of Morton's of Chicago Steakhouses and Bertolini's Authentic Trattorias.

John Polwrek to senior VP-worldwide promotions, a new post at Miramax Films, New York, from VP-national promotions at Universal Studios, Universal City, Calif.

Teddy Mattox to executive producer, a new post at CBS New Media, New York, from manager of promotions, NBC Television Network.

Peter Shih to VP-marketing, a new post at American Business Press, New York, from managing director, Algonquin Marketing Group. Also: John Holden to VP-publishing services, a new post, from director of advertising-New York City,

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