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Jeffrey L. Strief to exec VP, CMP Media's new Business Computing & Communications Group, Manhasset, N.Y., from senior VP-group publisher, Technology Buyers Group, the new group's predecessor. Also at CMP: Tony Uphoff to VP-group publisher, Business Computing & Communications Group, from publishing director, CMP's InformationWeek.

Steve Ross, 38, to exec VP-general manager, Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising, Los Angeles, from exec VP-worldwide promotions and product placement.

Kenneth Dowling to exec VP-consumer products, Carrafiello-Diehl & Associates, Irvington, N.Y., from senior VP-group account director, McCann-Erickson, Worldwide, New York. Also: William Griffith to senior VP, from VP, Medicus Communications, New York. Both positions are new.

Howard Courtemanche to exec VP, Bates USA, New York, a new post, from senior VP.

Judy Hackett to senior VP-marketing and new-business development for job recruitment Web site HeadHunter.NET, Norcross, Ga., from senior VP-marketing, TBS Superstation, Atlanta.

John Forbis to VP-global convenience foods innovation, Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich., a new position, from VP-strategic planning and corporate development.

Robert C. Blethen to VP-marketing, Seattle Times Co., Seattle, from corporate marketing director. Also: Nancy J. Bruner to VP-new media, from director of new media. Both positions are new.

Robert Acquaotta to VP, TVSM, New York, from advertising sales director. Also: Megan O'Brien to marketing manager from marketing coordinator; and Michele Cedo to manager of network advertising from advertising account executive.

Kate Dobson to publisher, Scientific American, New York, a new position, from associate publisher/advertising director. She succeeds Joachim P. Rosler, now president.

Jeff Cohen to executive director of sales and marketing, General Motor Corp.'s OnStar unit, Troy, Mich., from brand manager, General Motors' GMC Jimmy sport-utility vehicle. He succeeds Jeffrey DePew, who left the company.

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