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SAN JOSE, Calif.-Computer games maker Accolade has named veteran retail marketer Peter L. Harris, 50, president-CEO.

Mr. Harris, dubbed "the retail representative of fun" by The New York Times, spent seven years in the same post at F.A.O. Schwarz, New York.

"I leave a classic method of communicating with children for the children's industry of the future," Mr. Harris said.

"Peter Harris is a true visionary in the retailing and entertainment communities," said founder and Chairman Alan Miller, whom Mr. Harris succeeds.

Accolade, the largest privately held interactive home games company, had $45 million in sales but posted a small loss for the fiscal year ended in March.

Other people moving:

Gerald W.B. Weber, 43, to president-music division, Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from senior VP-domestic consumer division. He succeeds Mark Siegal, who left in March 1993 for a consultancy.

James DeRose, 44, to president, Mattel USA, El Segundo, Calif., from president, Sara Lee Corp.'s Knit Products division, Winston-Salem, N.C. He fills a post vacant since January 1993.

Kenneth B. Woodrow, 49, to president, Target Stores, Minneapolis, from vice chairman. He succeeds Robert J. Ulrich, Target's Chairman-CEO who recently also became CEO of parent company Dayton Hudson Corp.

F. Kenneth Wolfe, 46, to senior VP-marketing, Home Shopping Club, St. Petersburg, Fla., from senior VP-marketing and advertising, Spiegel's New Hampton unit, New York. He succeeds some duties held by VP-Marketing Glynne Mallery, who left.


FAIRFIELD, CONN.-R. Kent Atherton, former director of corporate sales and marketing of Group W Sports Marketing, New York, has left to start his own sports marketing and production company.

Atherton Communications will handle the inaugural John R. Wooden Classic, a December NCAA basketball tournament.

Mr. Atherton will still be connected with Group W, which will assist in marketing the Wooden Classic.

Other people moving:

Rupert Murdoch, 63, to chairman, Times Newspapers Holdings and News International, London, while remaining chairman-chief executive, News Corp. He succeeds Andrew Knight, 54, who remains a director.

Jonathan Van Meter unexpectedly resigned as editor in chief of Time Inc. Ventures publication Vibe late last month, citing "creative differences." Mr. Van Meter helped launch the New York-based magazine's test issue in September 1992.

Mark Wurzer, 45, and Donna Freed, 35, to two of six new director posts at the Los Angeles Times, from group advertising managers. Also to directors in a reorganization of the display and classified advertising departments: Larry Kline, 45, from classified advertising director, and Steve Anderson, 46, from assistant classified advertising director. They report to Janis Heaphy, recently named VP-advertising. Two posts remain unfilled.

Eric Wolferman, 43, to senior VP-technology, Newspaper Association of America, Reston, Va., from director of production systems, Gannett Co., Arlington. He succeeds George Cashau, who retires in July.


NEW YORK-Michael Draznin, 34, has been named senior VP-worldwide director of corporate communications at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.

Mr. Draznin, who held a similar post at Landor Associates, San Francisco, succeeds Herb Katz, who's expected to leave.

Also at DMB&B, Marla Eskenazi was promoted to the new post of VP-associate media director from assistant media director.

Other people moving:

John Connelly to partner-creative director, Eric Mower & Associates, Rochester, N.Y., from the same post at Ice Inc. He succeeds Bill Murpha, now account director.

G. Townes Rison IV to president, Telmark Yellow Pages, the national directory division of the Martin Agency, Richmond, Va., from VP-marketing-planning. He succeeds Keith Burton, who left.

John Thomas, 45, to general manager, Fahlgren, Atlanta, from senior VP-management supervisor for the company's McDonald's Corp. business. He succeeds interim General Manager Regis Napolitano, who's leaving.

David Dixon and Alice Ericsson to senior VP-deputy creative directors, new posts at McCann-Erickson Worldwide, New York, from senior VP-group creative directors. Also: Carole Cohan to senior VP-broadcast creative director, a new post, from senior VP-director of broadcast production.

Laurie Sinclair Fritts to senior VP-creative director, Elgin Syferd/ DDB Needham, Seattle, from VP-associate creative director. Ms. Fritts has been acting creative director since Rocky Botts left last year.

Patricia Cameron to exec VP-director of strategic planning, a new post at Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, from planning and research director, TBWA, New York.

Jerry Brown, exec VP-managing director, BBDO South, Atlanta, resigned as of May 2.

Freeman Miller, to exec VP-general manager, a new post at Zynyx Marketing Communications, Coral Gables, Fla., from senior VP-general manager, Dentsu-Burson Marsteller, New York.


SYDNEY-Frank Grace, 73, who served as chief executive of Jackson Wain, one of Australia's most successful agencies in the 1960s and '70s, died April 22.

Leo Burnett Co. bought Jackson Wain in 1974, and Mr. Grace stayed as chairman until his retirement in 1984.

"Frank assembled a creative department you would kill for today," a former colleague said.

Two sons of Mr. Grace are now in the advertising business.

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