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Paul Venn to managing partner, WPP Group's Young & Rubicam Brands, Dearborn, Mich., from strategy director, WPP's central Ford team. He succeeds Don Williams, who is retiring at the end of the year.

James L. Hedges to exec VP-chief financial officer, ABC TV and Touchstone TV Studios, Burbank, Calif., from senior VP-CFO. Also: Nicole Nichols to senior VP-entertainment communications, Disney-ABC TV Group, from VP-media relations, ABC Family. Also: Sharon Williams to senior VP-communications resources from VP-media relations, ABC TV Network; Patti McTeague to VP-kids' communications from VP-media relations, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group; Jeffrey Schneider, VP-ABC News Communications, adds responsibility for ABC News Radio, "ABC News Now" and ABC News.com; Julie Hoover to VP-corporate communications from VP-corporate projects; and Siobhan Kenny, VP-branded TV communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa, adds the role of acting head of international communications.

Kevin George to senior VP-operations, Click Tactics, Atlanta, from chief operating officer, Quris.

Karen Tubridy to VP-custom research group, Monroe Mendelsohn Research, New York, from senior VP-custom division, MRI-Mediamark Research.

Joseph Maynard to exec VP-managing director, Adient, Parsippany, N.J., a unit of WPP Group's CommonHealth, from general manager-Eastern medical-education unit, Cardinal Health. Also: Christine Maikisch to senior VP-operations. She had previously been a freelancer in the traffic department at Carbon, a sibling of Adient.

David Forier to VP-corporate research, American Media, New York, from corporate research director.

Robert Baltazar to manager-development, Lion Television USA, Santa Monica, Calif., from coordinator, Alternative Group, Time Warner's WB.

Deron Triff to VP-business development, Scholastic Media, New York, from VP-digital ventures, PBS.

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