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Howard Portrate, 44, to global business director, WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson, New York, from exec VP-worldwide director. He succeeds Miles Colebrook, 55, who continues as chairman- JWT Asia-Pacific and group president-JWT International.

Kevin White to associate publisher, Time Inc.'s Real Simple, New York, from advertising director.

Dana Glazer Gers to VP-marketing, Ferragamo USA, New York, from VP-marketing, Baccarat.

Doug Ryan, 40, to managing partner-chief marketing officer, WPP Group's Y&R Advertising, Chicago, from VP-global marketing and sales for online university Unext.

Jeff Getz to senior VP, Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, Chicago, from director of print production.

Melissa Lea to head of new business, Interpublic Group of Cos.' Mullen, Wenham, Mass., from senior VP-marketing, Havas' Arnold Worldwide, Boston. Also: Jason Stinsmuehlen to senior VP-group creative director from associate creative director at Omnicom's TBWA/Chiat/Day, Los Angeles.

John Needham, 45, to senior VP-public affairs, Time Inc., New York, from president, Fortune Multimedia.

William Li to advertising director, Conde Nast Publications' The New Yorker, New York, from VP-marketing, Odegard, a furnishings company.

Malcolm Bird, 35, to senior VP-general manager, AOL Kids, Dulles, Va., a division of AOL Time Warner's America Online, from producer, "Operation Junkyard" on the Discovery Kids network. Also: Tina Sharkey, 38, to senior VP-lifestyle and community programming from principal, Majestic Partners, New York.

Tom F. Smith to director-marketing comunications, overseeing advertising and marketing, Kia Motors America, Irvine, Calif., from director-national marketing, Volkswagen of America's Rolls-Royce and Bentley. He succeeds Rick Weisehan, who resigned last summer.

Jamie Barrett to partner, Omnicom's Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, from associate partner.

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