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Gerd Klauss, president-CEO of Volkswagen of America, will retire at year's end, the automaker said. Mr. Klauss, whose responsibilities are for both Audi of America and VW in the U.S. and Canada, joined the automaker in 1992 as the VP in charge of Audi of America. Frank Witter will assume Mr. Klauss' CEO role at VW of America while remaining chief financial officer.

Jesus Lara to VP-music marketing and talent/artist relations, Viacom's MTV Networks International, New York, from VP-A&R and marketing, EMI Music Latin America, Miami.

Greg Smith to chief information officer, Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann Worldgroup, New York, from chief information officer, Universal McCann.

Amanda Irvine to VP-account director, McCann Erickson, Troy, Mich., from account director. Also: Todd Paglia to VP-director of product information from manager-product information.

Steve Horowitz to VP-publisher, Bankrate, New York, from VP of e-commerce classifieds, Time Warner's America Online.

DeClaude Girard to executive director-strategic development, American Express Publishing Co.'s Travel & Leisure, New York, from director-international travel.

Kevin Sullivan to senior VP-corporate communications and media relations, General Electric Co.'s NBC, from VP-sports communications. Also: Mike McCarley to VP-communications and marketing from director-communications and marketing.

Beth Lusko to account manager, Conde Nast Traveler, New York, from senior account manager, Meredith Corp.'s More.

Samantha Adams to senior VP-new business, Interpublic's Hill Holliday Connors Cosmpoulos, New York, from consultant, Bain & Co., Boston. She succeeds Elizabeth DeMaso, who left.

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