Curtis Manns, venture consultant with Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center and associate dean, Northwestern Polytechnic University School of Business, named interim chief financial officer of Runco International to help guide expansion plans ... Eddy Hartenstein, chairman of DirecTV Global, will be honored by the T. Howard Foundation during its 8th Annual Dinner Gala on April 5, 2001 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The dinner will be held the evening of the 2001 Spring SkyFORUM ... Robert Baird, senior VP/electronics, Internet and fine jewelry at Montgomery Ward, given additional responsibility for appliances and automotive ... Thomas G. Villios, who has been president of toys, games and books specialty retailer Zany Brainy since 1998, and in an executive capacity with the company since 1995, named president and acting CEO. He succeeds Keith C. Spurgeon, resigned as chairman/CEO to pursue personal interests ... Karen Morrison, former VP/operations for Pet Care and Ulta Cosmetics, named VP/sales for Bang & Olufsen America, and Al Copeland, previously director of marketing and advertising for United Audio Centers, appointed marketing director. In addition, BOA promoted Douglas Moore from regional manager to sales director; Cindy Cooke from finance director to VP/finance and operations; and Lawrence Davis III from retail operations director to VP/distribution development ... Mark Miller, executive VP/chief operating officer at Value City, joins b-to-b exchange redtagoutlet.com as CEO. He succeeds founder Tom Petters, who will remain active as chairman.