Jeff Davidson has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Gannett Broadcasting Group and named a member of the corporate operating committee. Alvin G. Flanagan was named chairman of the Broadcasting Group.

The Woods Group, a Baltimore graphic communications firm, has appointed Ron Pottle as creative director, Janet Nebel as assistant creative director and Philip Tang as art director.

Alan L. Dessoff has been named vice president for public relations with Earle Palmer Brown and Associates.

Steve J. Grzyb Jr. has been named advertising manager for WTTG-TV, Metromedia Channel 5.

Alice L. Zakian has been promoted to vice president for marketing with Metropolitan Radio Telephone Systems, a Washington-based cellular radio telephone consulting firm. Richard T. Crowley has been promoted to vice president for technical development with the firm.

Duke Mercer has joined the United Broadcasting Co Inc. as assistant controller. He was formerly assistant controller with Brenneman Associates Inc.

Raine Mantysalo has been appointed vice president and art director of Boscobel Advertsing Inc.

Clare L. Simpson has been named vice president for program development with United States Satellite Broadcasting Inc.

Jeanne Oates has been named general manager of radio station WPGC-AM & FM. She was formerly local sales manager with WDCA-TV Channel 20.

Jack W. Felton has been elected to the Public Relations Society of America's board of directors as a director-at-large. He is vice president for corporate communications with McCormick & Co.

Peter Murray has been appointed vice president and general manager of WETACOM, a WETA-TV Channel 26 subsidiary.

Robert E. McNanley has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Communications Technology Management Inc. in McLean.

Odom Fanning has established Fanning Features, a publishing firm in Bethesda.

Frank Schilling and Robin Anne Brewster have joined U.S. News & World Report as advertising sales representatives in New York. Stephen G. Eick has joined the Detroit advertisng sales staff.