Benjamin Niles has been named design director at Jager Di Paola Kemp Design, Burlington, Vt. Also at JDK, Eric Courtemanche has been added as co-design director and Marin Horikawa has been named a designer.
Sewra Kidane has been promoted to editor at Blue Rock Editing Co., New York.
Frank Molieri, an animation director, has signed with Class-key Chew-po Commercials, Hollywood.
David Hunter has been appointed CD at DDB/S.F.
Mitch Monson has been named creative director for motion design at the Colorado Production Group, Denver.
Russell McCorkle and D.J. Hyde have been appointed senior art directors at NKH&W, Kansas City.
Ed Bennett has been named group creative director of design and interactive at Colle + McVoy, Minneapolis.
Lawrence Nimrichter has joined New York digital design/effects studio Spontaneous Combustion as a 3-D animator, and Charles Self has been added as senior producer.
Andrea Bitai has joined Blue Visual Effects, Philadelphia, as a motion graphics designer.
Dennis Hoffman has been named VP-head of visual effects at Los Angeles post house Cinesite.
Alex Luce has joined Big Bang Idea Engineering, San Diego, as a senior art director, and K.T. Thayer has been added to the agency as a copywriter.
Donna Schoch-Spana has been named associate creative director/head of broadcast production at Eisner Communications, Baltimore.
Alan Lawrence, formerly at DDB/Seattle, has been named senior VP-executive creative director at Kelly Michener Advertising, Lancaster, Pa.
Crissy DeSimone has joined Santa Monica post house Swietlik as a producer.
Dana Neibert has been named a senior art director at Matthews/Mark, San Diego.
Mike Lewis has been named creative director at MRA Advertising, Atlanta.
John Mallerman has been named senior editor, and John Gramaglia has been promoted to editor at New York post house Chinagraph.
Patricia Heard-Greene and Aamir Tarin have joined N.Y. effects/design studio Manhattan Transfer as CG animators.
Eric Smith has been appointed a design director at Attik/New York.