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ATLANTA-Michael A. Leven has become the first president-chief operating officer at Holiday Inn Worldwide.

Mr. Leven, 56, is considered a possible successor to Chairman-CEO Bryan Langton, who reaches retirement age in three years. Mr. Leven joined Holiday Inn in 1990 from Days Inns, where he was president.

Mr. Leven's most recent post, president of the Americas Division, won't be filled. Holiday Inn's operations in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region also report to him.

Also, J. Raymond Lewis Jr., exec VP-sales and marketing, will leave at the end of the year.

Kirk Kinsell, 39, moved to president, a new post at the franchise division in the Americas, from senior VP-franchising.

Other people moving:

Diane McGarry to chairman-CEO, Xerox Canada, Toronto, while remaining president. She succeeds interim Chairman Way, who left.

H.D. "Hank" Weed III, 49, to managing director-credit card operations, a post vacant since November 1993 at General Motors Corp., Detroit, from general marketing manager, GM Card. He succeeds Ronald Zebeck, who left. Mr. Weed is responsible for all administrative, promotional, marketing and business development activities involving the GM Card. Also: Nancy Sanborn to national advertising-direct marketing manager, Pontiac Division, from marketing planning director, McCann-Erickson Worldwide, Troy, Mich. She succeeds Michael Wright, now brand manager for Cadillac, North American Export Sales.

Gerald R. Geddis to president-video, a new post at Blockbuster Entertainment Group's domestic consumer division, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from senior VP-video.

Robin Webster to senior VP, a new post at the Association of National Advertisers, New York, from general manager-new products and services, H.J. Heinz Co.'s Weight Watchers International, Pittsburgh.

Francine Katz to worldwide advertising director, Zenith Data Systems, Buffalo Grove, Ill., from manager of advertising and sales promotion, NEC Technologies, Wood Dale. She succeeds Linda Hayes, now VP-marketing communications.

, 48, to vice chairman and managing director, vacant posts at Hindustan Lever, Bombay, from executive director. Also: Ramabadran Gopalakrishnan, 48, to vice chairman and managing director, a new post at Unilever subsidiary Brooke Bond Lipton India, Bangalore, from chairman, Unilever Arabia, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1.

David Koontz, 42, to VP-marketing, American Tourister, Warren, R.I., from sales and marketing director, Legacy Luggage, Denver. He succeeds Jim Druckrey, who left.

Patricia Barroll to VP-marketing communications, a new post at Carillon Importers, Teaneck, N.J., from national manager of marketing communications. Carillon is the importer of Stolichnaya vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin.

Bradley Friedrich to VP-fragrance marketing, Lancaster Group USA, New York, from marketing operations director, Gryphon Development. He succeeds David May, now senior VP.

Ronald MacInnes to VP-public relations and governmental affairs, Sears Canada, Toronto, from VP-public affairs and corporate communications, Lawson Mardon Group, Mississauga, Ontario. He succeeds Ross Rigney, who's retiring.

Joanna Oswin to marketing manager, Legoland, a theme park to open in 1996 in Windsor, England, from marketing manager, Leeds Castle.


NEW YORK-Capping a recent management rejiggering, J. Walter Thompson Co. Chairman-CEO Burt Manning today named Steve Darland, 49, to the new post of worldwide brand communications director.

Mr. Darland remains global business director on Sprint, a new member of the worldwide executive group and exec VP-general manager of JWT/West. He will stay in San Francisco.

Mr. Darland will be responsible for assembling JWT teams from all professional disciplines and regions to assess current agency capabilities, analyze new media, coordinate task forces and develop strategic planning tools. He reports to Bill Thompson, vice chairman-chief marketing officer.

Mr. Manning said 30% of U.S. revenue already is from non-traditional media.

Is Mr. Darland being identified as Mr. Manning's successor?

"He is a member of our worldwide executive group and it's safe to say that anyone in the group is a contender," Mr. Manning said.

Other people moving:

George J. Simko, 59, will retire as president of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Europe and Middle East effective Jan. 1. Jean Jabes, 50, succeeds Mr. Simko from CEO, DMB&B France, Paris. Mr. Simko, who was based in New York, will work part time for the agency. Also: Fred Arnold to manager-business development, a new post at DMB&B, Hamburg, from board director, Scholz & Friends.

Bob Ballard to president, Lynch Jarvis Jones, Minneapolis, from account and media director. He succeeds Kevin Lynch, now chairman-CEO.

and Lance Smith were elected exec VPs at N W Ayer, New York. Both will continue as executive account directors. Also: Neil Costa, Patricia Kenney, Morleen Novitt, Anne Stone and Eugene Tashoff have been elected senior VPs. Messrs. Costa and Tashoff continue as creative directors; Ms. Kenney remains deputy director of Ayer Public Relations; Ms. Novitt remains group creative director; and Ms. Stone continues as senior attorney and corporate secretary.

Ellen Perless and Tom Rost to senior VP-group creative directors, new posts at FCB/Leber Katz Partners, New York, from senior creative director and creative director, respectively.

Judith Werme to senior VP-group creative director, a new post at DDB Needham Worldwide, Chicago, from executive creative director-senior partner, Tatham Euro RSCG.

Lee Nash to senior VP and co-creative director, Cipriani Kremer, Boston, a unit of Arnold Fortuna Lawner & Cabot, from free-lance copywriter.

Stanley Schulman to senior VP-copywriter on the Chase Manhattan Bank account, a new post at Wells Rich Greene BDDP, New York, from president-creative director,, Mr. Schulman's advertising and design company. Also: Lynn Blumenfeld to senior VP-copy supervisor on the Procter & Gamble Co. and United Industries accounts, from VP, Backer Spielvogel Bates. She succeeds Paul Most, who left.

Tom Wotherspoon, 42, to VP-creative director, Greenstone Roberts Advertising/Florida, Coconut Creek, from associate creative director. He succeeds Dave Romano, now creative director, Duane & Associates, Miami. To new posts: Ed Leshansky, 35, to VP-client services director from account supervisor; George Fuller, 44, to associate creative director, from senior copywriter, West Advertising & Marketing, Tampa.

Richard Schwartz, 32, to VP-branding services, a new post at the Schechter Group, New York, from principal, Punch Consultants.

Melissa Pordy to VP-media supervisor, a new post at TBWA, New York, from media supervisor.

Bill Yamada to executive creative director, a vacant post at Eisaman, Johns & Laws, Los Angeles, from creative director, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, New York. He succeeds Wade Davis, who left. Also: Paul Vernon to exec VP-general manager, a new post at Eisaman's Houston office, from senior VP-group management director, Foote, Cone & Belding, Chicago.

Michael Pacelli to senior creative director at the newly formed EJL Entertainment Group, Los Angeles, from VP-marketing director, Terry Hines Advertising.

Ted Barton, 39, to creative director, a vacant post at BBDO Worldwide, San Francisco, from executive creative director, DDB Needham Worldwide Dallas Group.

Cindy Stockwell to group media director, a new post at Tatham Euro RSCG, Chicago, from associate media director.


SOUTHHAMPTON, England-Peter Allport, 74, a longtime ad industry leader who served as president of the Association of National Advertisers for 24 years, died Oct. 3.

Mr. Allport suffered a heart attack while aboard the Queen Elizabeth II en route to a vacation in France.

The Bronxville, N.Y., resident joined the ANA in 1945 as editor of the trade group's news publications.

He became ANA secretary in 1951, VP in 1958 and president in 1960. Upon retirement in 1984, he was elected president emeritus.

Mr. Allport was a director of the Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation and American Advertising Federation.

He also was a founder of the National Advertising Review Council.

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