Andy Milkis, visual effects supervisor/designer, and Aliciane Smythe, executive producer, have joined Splash Design, New York.
Geoff Ayres, a Toronto-based director, has signed with Hollywood production company DNA for commercials representation in the U.S.
Noel McGinn has joined Blur Studio, a Venice, Calif., animation/effects house, as a character animator. Also added at Blur: Ed Lee, visual effects designer and 3-D animator; and animators Paul Taylor and Asier Hernaez.
Michael Connell has been named VP-creative director at Pittard Sullivan's Print Group, Culver City, Calif.
Shane Hutton and Will Uronis have joined Boston ad agency Modernista as associate creative directors.
Chuck Taylor and David DeRoma, art directors, have joined the Chicago office of Young & Rubicam.
Glen Bennett, a visual effects artist, has joined Click 3x in Los Angeles.
Cliff Leicht has joined Arnold Worldwide, Boston, as a copywriter.
Vinny Dellay, an art director, and producer Siouxsie Alarcon have joined Hollywood creative studio/production company Super 78.
Hal Pickel, an art director, and designer Mike Sullivan have joined Boston ad agency Clarke Goward.
Karl Backus has joined San Diego ad agency Matthews/Mark as an art director.
Emery Anderson has been appointed senior colorist at Gun For Hire Post, New York.
Candy Piemonte has been named senior design director at MLR Design, Chicago, and Julie Wineski has joined the company as an associate designer.
Ronny Gordon has joined Dallas post house Charlie Uniform Tango as senior editor.
Claude Letessier, a sound designer/composer/producer, has joined Santa Monica music and sound design company Primal Scream.
Boris Ustaev has joined New York visual effects studio Spontaneous Combustion as senior CG artist/animator.
Patricia Keller has joined Platinum Design, New York, as an associate art director, and Andrew Taray has been promoted from designer to senior designer.
Randy Belcher, formerly at The Martin Agency, has joined Doner/Detroit as a senior VP-creative director.
Chris Preston, creative director at Minneapolis ad agency Kerker, has been named executive VP/partner.