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Die Welt Editor in Chief Mathias Doepfner, 38, was named to succeed August Fischer as chairman of German publishing house Axel Springer Verlag on Jan. 1. Mr. Doepfner, already an Axel Springer board member, was named vice chairman the week of Aug. 28, succeeding Claus Larass, 55, who resigned to join Kirch Group's new Pro Sieben Sat 1 Media, Munich.

Omnicom Group, New York, has taken an equity stake in sports consultancy Horrow Sports Ventures, Miami.

Jeremy Stern, Coca-Cola Co. new media director for Europe, to Sega Europe, London, as European marketing director, succeeding Giles Thomas, now a consultant.

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