Blaise D’Sylva was elected a senior vice president at Starcom in Chicago. He is responsible for the Motorola and United Distillers & Vintners accounts, as well as United Airlines.
Davidson Marketing, Chicago, promoted Chris Rago to director of entertainment marketing. Debby Culbertson was promoted to account director on Microsoft. Rich McClellan joins the shop as creative director on Minute Maid and Keebler. Craig Taylor is an associate creative director in the new-business department. Mike Federighi joins as a copywriter on Kraft, Nabisco, Polaroid and Foreign Candy assignments. Flora Caputo is a senior art director on Kraft.
Philip Binczyk joined Brigandi & Associates in Chicago as account manager. He previously worked at Draft Worldwide.
Amy Engstrom was elected a vice president at DDB in Chicago. She is a management representative on Anheuser-Busch and Manco.
Keller Crescent, Evansville, promoted Cindy Gaines to media buyer. Gaines joined the shop in 1997.
Sarah Dow was promoted to vice president, management supervisor, at Kragie/Newell in Des Moines. She will continue to work on Maytag Corp. business.
Creswell, Munsell, Fultz & Zirbel in Des Moines promoted Erin Downs to senior counselor for public relations. The agency’s Bridgepoint division hired Robin Cline as telecommuter manager.
Callahan Creek in Lawrence hired Diana “Dee Dee” Storck as a production manager.
Andrew Sheibar joined Perich + Partners in Ann Arbor as an account executive. Sheibar previously worked at Lexicom Publishing Group.
Tim Kana’an joined Maxwell & Miller Marketing Communications in Kalamazoo as an art director.
Darren Jacobs was promoted to production coordinator at J.R. Thompson Co. in Farmington Hills.
Periscope promoted Nancy Johnson to associate broadcast producer and April Tomasko to broadcast traffic manager. The Minneapolis shop also hired Lee Hanson as a media analyst. Scott Vandenbark is a new account coordinator.
Minneapolis-based Padilla Speer Beardsley promoted Christine Davis to account supervisor, Jim Gorman to media relations supervisor, Danielle Engholm to account executive and Beverly Bratland to project manager.
Firewerks, Minneapolis, hired management director Stacy Ward, account supervisor Penny Utecht, senior account executive Melanie Mustanski, senior graphic designer Jay Miller, production manager Jo Wagner, electronic production artist Gretchen Hanson and assistant account executive Jennifer Huss.
Lynda McElfresh and Shad Shoenke joined the Glennon Co. in St. Louis. McElfresh is a senior media buyer; Shoenke is a senior art director.
Leslie Bursack rejoined D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in St. Louis as assistant media director on TWA.
Hensley Segal Rentschler in Cincinnati has added 13 employees. New in e-commerce are specialist Brad McBride; senior program developer Doug Landers; program developers Greg Lambert and John Woodall; and copywriter H. Robert Perry. New in public relations are consultants Lori Weisskopf, Marla Hurston Fuller and Erica Lynn Marsh. The agency also added marketing management specialists Carrie Hyatt and Kris White, senior graphic designer Amy Wolpert, art director John Doubet III and assistant production coordinator Jennifer Maxson.
Holly Fenrich was hired as an assistant art director at Cincinnati-based WonderGroup. She previously worked as a freelancer for the kids marketing firm.
Jennifer Swenty joined Sprecher Bertalot & Co. as a graphic designer. She comes from Northwestern Publishing House