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Dave Merhar has been promoted from associate creative director to group creative director at DDB Needham/Chicago.

Patrick Inhofer has joined Tape House Digital, New York, as a digital compositing editor, and Philip Gunning McIntyre has joined the company as a marketing representative.

Boyd Shermis, a visual effects design specialist, has joined VIFX, Los Angeles, a visual effects company. Shermis has also signed to direct commercials with Complete Pandemonium, San Francisco.

Bob Skollar and Jim Morrissey, deputy creative directors at Grey Advertising/New York, have been promoted from senior VPs to executive VPs.

Francie Sullivan has been promoted from associate creative director to VP-creative director at Arnold Advertising, McClean, Va.

Sue Ableman and Monica Klasa have been promoted from junior art directors to art directors at Tatham Euro RSCG, Chicago. Also at Tatham: Christine Saldanha has been appointed a creative director, and Ellen Israel has been appointed a producer.

Chuck Meehan, a copywriter, and Brian Born, an art director, have joined Harris Drury Cohen, Ft. Lauderdale.

Ken Waldron, a production manager/art director, and Matt McMullen, a junior copywriter, have joined Ron Foth Advertising, Columbus, Ohio.

Dean Wagner has been promoted from senior art director to creative supervisor at Long Haymes Carr, Winston-Salem, N.C, and Marsha Morrill has been promoted to creative director. Also at the agency: Rick Wolchock has joined as a creative supervisor/copy, and Bill Kelly has joined as an associate creative director/copy.

Dick Anderson has been named chairman and chief creative officer at Compton Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, New York, and Joe Petruccio has been promoted from creative director to executive creative director.

David Woodward has been named an art director at Deep Blue Sea, Miami, a visual effects and animation house.

Mark Robinson has been named a senior VP-group creative director at Austin Kelley Advertising, Atlanta.

Mary Van Vlierberger has joined the editorial staff at Phoenix Editorial, San Francisco.

Lance Jensen, a senior writer, and Alan Pafenbach, a senior art director, have been promoted to associate creative directors at Arnold Fortuna Lawner & Cabot, Boston.

Louis Koerner and Rob Cohn, directors, have joined AFI/ Filmworks, Miami.

Kelsey Rickenbacker has joined the Morrison Agency, Atlanta, as an art director.

Bob Berken has joined Colle & McVoy Marketing Communications, Minneapolis, as an art director.

Christina Pantano has been promoted from junior art director to art director at HHCC/Boston. Other promotions at the agency: Greg Roman from associate producer to producer, and John Vient from art director to senior art director.

Rudy Banny and Tim Terchek, associate creative directors, have been promoted to group creative directors at Grant/Jacoby, Chicago.

Timothy vonBecker has been appointed a senior art director at Northlich Stolley Lawarre, Cincinnati. This is a change.

Dianne Dean has been promoted to manager of the broadcast business department at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising/New York.

Maria Chang has joined T3, an Austin marketing company, as an associate creative director.

John Kehe has joined Telezign Design/Animation, New York, as creative director.

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