Joe Abruzzo has been named senior VP and director of research at the Network Television Assn., replacing Steve Singer, who left the venture. Abruzzo was director of analytic research at Nielsen Marketing Research after 12 years at Ayer Advertising.
* * *Robert Minkhorst was named president of Philips Consumer Electronics Co. Nico Bruijel will replace Minkhorst as president of Philips Lighting Co. Minkhorst replaces Donald F. Johnstone, who has become president and chief executive of Whittle Communications, which is 25% owned by Philips.
* * *Hill and Knowlton has appointed Thomas Mattia general manager of its Los Angeles operations. He also has been named executive VP of Hill and Knowlton USA. Mattia, who will be responsible for offices in L.A., Irvine and Detroit, was exec VP of the the company’s Asia Pacific operations.
* * *MCA Records/Nashville has promoted Scott Borchetta to VP, national promotion. He’ll be responsible for all national promotion of the label’s releases to radio and supervising regional and local staff. Borchetta was veep of field promotion.
* * *Georgia-based Mountasia Entertainment, builder and operator of family entertainment centers, has hired former Disney senior show designer William G. Salter as VP of creative services. He’ll be responsible for design, master planning and merchandising for the Mountasia FunCenters.
* * *Pamela C. Donahue has been named director of creative services for MTM Worldwide Distribution. She’ll oversee trade and consumer ad campaigns for off-net and firstrun TV product. She previously was with Republic Pictures.
* * *Indie production company Planet Prods. Corp. promoted L. Dean Cox to treasurer from controller. Capitol Multimedia Inc. named Scott Marden a director, increasing the board size to seven from six. Marden is president and chief executive of Philips Media.
* * *FX, Fox Inc.’s new basic-cable channel, has added three execs: Charles E. Saftler, director of program scheduling; Doreen Bennett, coordinator of program scheduling; and Cindy Hochman, coordinator of program acquisitions.
* * *Veteran radio and TV producer Eddie Kritzer has been named exec VP at Cash Box magazine. RHI named Dawn Bernsley exec in charge of client services and Alan Lewis manager of business affairs administration, both based in New York. Bernsley, previously a sales exec at Devillier Donegan Enterprises, will serve as a liaison between RHI’s sales department and buyers. Lewis spent the past seven years at the Samuel Goldwyn Co.
* * *Celeste Alleyne has been named manager of corporate communications at Preview Media, a San Francisco-based travel TV programming and marketing firm.
* * *Hy Gottesman and Elayne Angel have been assigned to the California office of PR firm Ruder Finn in Encino. They’ll work to expand consumer marketing and business-to-business communications.
* * *Elissa Greer has been elevated to VP for field publicity and promotions for New Line Cinema. Promoted from director, she’ll be responsible for field campaigns for feature films.
* * *Former Compact Video exec Robert Glassenberg has joined Sunset Post as vice president. He will be involved in managing day-to-day operations and overseeing all marketing for the Glendale post-production facility.
* * *Collene Farley has joined the Lee Solters Co. as vice president of entertainment. The former Rogers & Cowan rep will work with personalities, films and TV.
* * *Ted Albert has been named senior associate at Mike Hall Associates, a New York-based PR firm that does national column campaigns for movies and producers. Albert has worked for ICPR, Mahoney/Wasserman and Dennis Davidson Associates and been a unit publicist on various features.