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Michael Batt, 41, to president, Carlson Cos.' Associate & Leisure Travel Group, Minneapolis, from VP-sales and marketing, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jill Barad, 45, on Jan. 1 adds the title CEO to those of president-chief operating officer of Mattel, El Segundo, Calif. She adds titles previously held by John Amerman, 65, who remains chairman.

PointCast, an Internet news service based in Cupertino, Calif., has awarded its $5 million account to Blazing Paradigm, San Francisco, a new agency. Its first campaign ever will include TV, print and Internet advertising.

Kelly Green to senior VP-worldwide account director on Apple Computer, BBDO West, Los Angeles, from senior VP-management supervisor. He succeeds Tom Hanft, who left.

Bruce MacGregor to senior VP-product marketing, L.A. Gear, Los Angeles, from president-CEO, Deja Shoe Co. He succeeds Jim Moodhe, who left.

AIM Management Group, Houston, a marketer of mutual funds,is initiating a reviewing for its less than $5 million account. A decision is expected this fall.

Copyright January 1996 Crain Communications Inc.

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