Peer Steinbrueck, a Social Democrat and former state governor, as finance minister; Franz Muentefering, parliamentary leader of Social Democrats, as labor minister; and Edmund Stoiber, head of the Bavarian conservative party, as economy minister in Germany's new coalition government headed by Angela Merkel, the new Christian Democratic chancellor.

Angela Ahrendts, former Liz Claiborne executive, as chief executive of Burberry.

Anne Stevens, Ford executive, as chief operating officer of its Americas unit and the automaker's first female executive vice president.

Steven Spielberg, movie director, as game designer under contract with Electronic Arts.

Mohamed A. El-Erian, famed investor in emerging-market debt at Pacific Investment Management, as lead money manager for Harvard University's $26 billion endowment.

Gregory B. Craig, partner at Williams & Connolly and impeachment counsel to Bill Clinton, as criminal defense attorney for ousted Hollinger executive Conrad M. Black.

Tim Cook, vice president of worldwide sales and operations at Apple Computer, as chief operating officer and heir apparent to chief executive Steve Jobs.


Kathleen M. Smith, as president of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, after four months, citing the organization's tenuous financial condition.

Philip R. Martens, as head of product development, and Matt DeMars, as vice president for vehicle operations, at Ford, as part of ongoing management shake-up.

Jon Rubinstein, retiring as head of the iPod division at Apple Computer.