PR People: New Hires, Promotions

HFS Inc., Parsippany, N.J., has appointed Elliot Bloom VP of corporate communications. Bloom replaces Jane Baxter Lynn who is leaving HFS to start her own communications business. (HFS, 201/3595110)Cheryl Crispen has been promoted from executive director/public relations worldwide, to VP/communications at Estee Lauder U.S.A. and Canada, New York, effective May 15. (Estee Lauder, 202/5724439)Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Chicago, has promoted Margaret Giffin from senior account supervisor to VP of the global technology group. (Edelman, 312/2402716)Sondra Haley has been named VP/publicity and promotions for The Disney Store, Inc., Glendale, Calif. Haley was director of corporate communications for the National Basketball Association. (The Disney Store, 818/5675959) Kimberly L. Stewart joins Marina Maher Communications, New York, as VP. Stewart was public affairs manager at the Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinatti. (MMC, 212/3556318)Jiffy Lube International, Inc., Houston, has promoted Cindy Landers from communications manager to PR director. (Jiffy Lube, 713/5466311)Suzanne Gruber has been named a principal partner at Public Communications Inc., Tampa, Fla. She joined PCI in April 1996 as a VP. (PCI, 813/2262772)Lisa Collins of Marcy Monyek & Associates, Chicago, has been promoted from senior marketing associate to account supervisor. (Marcy Monyek, 312/2632135)Ellen Ryan Mardikis joins Golin/Harris, Chicago, as general manager. Mardikis was general manager of the consumer division of Edelman Worldwide. (Golin/Harris, 312/8367119)Dix & Eaton Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, has hired Karen L. Allport as a senior account executive in the corporate communications group. Allport was director of marketing and sales at Penton Custom Publishing Company, Cleveland. (Dix & Eaton, 216/2410405) Golin Harris Communications has named Richard J. Wolff a member of its board of directors and general manager of its New York office. Wolff was a senior partner with Kekst and Company, New York. (Golin Harris, 312/8367119)Hedge & Company Inc., Southfield, Mich., has brought Neal Zipser on board as a senior account manager. Zipser was manager of PR at G.Temple Associates, Southfield, Mich. (HCI, 810/3502190)Melinda Gable joins public relations firm Julie Davis Associates, Atlanta, as VP. Gable was public affairs manager at Nike. (Julie Davis Associates, 404/2667529)Matthew N. Klink has been promoted from account executive to senior account executive at Cerrell Associates Inc., Los Angeles. (CAI, 213/4663445)Grant/Jacoby Inc., Chicago, has hired Brian Pelletier as a new senior account executive. Pelletier was editor of AB Journal for Putman Publishing in Chicago. (Grant/Jacoby, 312/6642055)William F. Campbell joins the newly named Van Den Bergh, Gilliatt & Campbell, New York, as a partner. Campbell was one of the two senior managing directors at Grey Adverting's Principal Communications, New York. (VDB,G&C, 212/2546670)Geduldig & Ferguson Inc., New York, has appointed Lawrence Wilson as executive VP and associate partner. Wilson was executive VP at Ruder Finn. (G&F, 212/6824100)PepperCom, New York, has appointed two senior account executives, Michael Thacker and Efrem Epstein. Thacker comes to PepperCom from Neva Group, Cambridge, Mass., where he worked on launches for multimedia and data communications companies. Epstein worked as a consultant for companies, including KVN Associates, New York. (PepperCom, 212/6811333)Wendy Nero joins Hill and Knowlton's Tampa office as managing director. Nero was marketing director and water resource planner for CH2M Hill's Florida operations, Tampa. (Hill and Knowlton, 212/8850300)Hill and Knowlton has promoted Michael Buckely from account supervisor to managing director in the firm's New York office. (Hill and Knowlton, 212/8850300)Richard P. Barry has been promoted from senior account manager to VP of Graham Communications, Quincy, Mass. (Graham Communications, 617/3280069)Eileen J. Petridis has been promoted from senior account supervisor to VP of Robert Falls & Co. Public Relations, Cleveland. (Robert Falls, 216/6960229) John H. Frew has been named CEO of Cohn & Wolfe, New York. Frew was executive VP and general manager, and serves on the agency's worldwide executive committee. (Cohn & Wolfe, 212/5983643)

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