Donovan Batiste has been promoted to vice president, research & media planning for Hallmark Channels.
AKQA hired Julie Edwards as client services director in New York. She previously worked at Digitas as vice president and group director.
Saatchi & Saatchi hired Mark Sherwood as a senior vice president, group planning director. Sherwood was most recently global head of communication planning at Lowe Worldwide.
Creature named Dave Mckeague director of digital strategy; Mark Jahnke director of production; and Pam Fujimoto associate creative director/art director.
Mullen has created a dedicated mobile practice to align mobile media specialists with the agency's creative group. The practice will be led by Brenna Hanly, who takes on the newly created role of mobile catalyst at Mullen.
HUGE promoted Joe Stewart from creative director to executive creative director. In addition, Claudia Chow was elevated to creative director, up from associate creative director.
John Atwood was named deputy editor of Runner's World. Atwood joins Runner's World from Rodale Books, where he served as executive editor.
Lisa Bradner was named president of Geomentum. She was previously vice president/principal analyst at Forrester Research.
Tricia Clark, formerly of 3 Lark Consulting, has joined Euro RSCG Chicago as group account director.
Pereira & O'Dell has hired Nick Chapman as director of strategy. He joins the agency from Venables Bell and Partners where he was director of brand strategy for all Con Agra brands, VIZIO and HBO.
TBWA/Chiat/Day New York hired Sue Anderson and Lisa Topol as creative directors. Anderson will have primary responsibility for ABSOLUT, and Topol will lead Kahlúa and Twix.
Matt Bennett and Will Battersby have joined AKQA as a creative team. Previously, they both worked together at 20:20, where they created digital campaigns for clients including Virgin 1 and the COI.
Ryan Adams was named corporate director of national digital sales at Journal Register Company.
Deutsch LA hired Paul Pedrazzi as its new senior vice president, director of digital strategy. Pedrazzi joins Deutsch LA from Oracle Corporation where he was vice president, product strategy.
Drew Meyers was appointed managing director of Publicis Modem West in San Francisco, elevated from his current position as senior vice president, digital group account director at Publicis Seattle.
Mediabrands named Jimmy Poon as CEO of Mediabrands Ventures in China.
Stefan Wegner and Nathan Monleith were promoted to co-creative directors and will oversee the Canadian Tire brand at TAXI. In addition, Jason McCann moves from executive creative director, digital to co- executive creative director of TAXI Toronto.
Doron Wesly has been named leader of business science and planning for Mindshare North America, a new position. Prior to joining Mindshare, Wesly was global media director for Cheil Worldwide, Samsung's in-house ad agency, based in Seoul, South Korea.