The Washington Times announced Tuesday that Arnaud de Borchgrave, a former chief foreign correspondent and senior editor at Newsweek magazine, will succeed Smith Hempstone as its editor in chief. Hempstone will become associate editor of the 3-year-old, politically conservative daily newspaper. The announcement was made by Bo Hi Pak, president of News World Communications Inc., the New York-based company closely associated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.

In a meeting in the Times newsroom, the newspaper also announced that Managing Editor Woody West will become executive editor and Deputy Managing Editor Wesley Pruden will move up to managing editor. Hempstone was not present when the announcement was made to the staff.

Frank A. Blethen has been named publisher and chief executive of the Seattle Times, a newspaper that has been controlled by the Blethen family since 1896, the paper announced. Blethen succeeds W.J. Pennington, who died in a boating accident last week.

H. Mason Sizemore, the newspaper's general manager, will succeed Blethen as president of the company.

Charles Tharp has resigned as executive director of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which insures the defined benefit pension plans of 38 million Americans.

His resignation, effective April 1, came four days after that of Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan, who had appointed Tharp to the position 2 1/2 years ago. A successor to Tharp was not immediately named.


William E. Simpson has been named a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arthur Young & Co., one of the nation's Big Eight accounting firms.

Adalberto M. Stratta has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president of Beverly Hills Hotel Corp.

Jody Cukier has been promoted to vice president-planning and finance for the marketing division of Universal Pictures, Universal City.

John B. Parker, chairman of Irvine-based Equidon, has been elected a director of Santa Monica-based First Federal Savings Bank of California.

Eugene P. Stein has been named a senior vice president of Capital Research Co., Los Angeles.


Hubie McMorrow has been named president of McKesson Office Products, a unit of San Francisco-based McKesson Corp.

Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, named Glen Toney vice president-human resources.

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