Comings and goings

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Wal-Mart Stores named Robert Connolly, formerly exec VP-general merchandise, to exec VP-marketing and consumer communications. He replaces 13-year veteran Paul Higham, 54, who retires in January 2002.

Lilach Asofsky, 33, to senior VP-marketing and research, General Electric Co.'s CNBC, Fort Lee, N.J., from senior VP-marketing and product development,

Grant J. Schneider to associate publisher-marketing of Time Inc.'s Real Simple, New York, from VP-group director, Digitas.

John Griffin, 52, will succeed Robert Sims as president-magazine publishing and exec VP-National Geographic Society. Mr. Sims, 67, will retire in December 2001. Mr. Griffin is currently exec VP-chief operating officer of Hearst Magazines International, New York.

Patricia S. Frohman, 37, to senior VP, AOL-Time Warner's Turner Sports Sales, New York, from VP. Also: Lorie Durnan, 37, to VP from sales manager; Jacqueline H. Fallous to VP-integrated and interactive sales, Turner Broadcasting Sales International, from director of interactive sales.

Jim Botko, 40, to VP-event programming, In Demand network, Los Angeles, from VP-movies and miniseries, AOL Time Warner's Warner Bros. Television.

Rebecca Young, 34, to VP-marketing, NetRatings, Milpitas, Calif., from VP-marketing,

Bill Holland, 49, to new post of president, Bates Southwest, Houston, from CEO, Fellers Marketing and Advertising, Austin. Bates Southwest is part of Cordiant Communications Group's Bates Worldwide.

Samantha Shanken to VP-director of business development, Envoy Communications Group's Hampel/Stefanides, New York, from director of business development and agency marketing at Omnicom Group's TBWA/Chiat/Day.

John Cucci to chief operating officer, Comedy Central, a joint venture of Viacom and Time Warner, New York, from exec VP-chief financial officer.

Kay Fuston to editor of Southern Progress Corp.'s Coastal Living, Birmingham, Ala., from executive editor.

Randy Siegel to senior VP-planning and development, Advance Publications' Parade magazine, where he has worked in a consulting role since last year.

Peter J. Pescatore, 55, to VP-finance, Primedia Business Magazines & Media, New York, from senior VP-chief financial officer, Vantage Group.

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