NEWS BRIEFS

FORT WORTH: AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, has promoted William Ris to SVP of government affairs. Based in Bethesda, MD, Ris has led American’s Washington lobbying and public affairs programs since 1996. His duties have been expanded to include supervision of state and local government affairs efforts. An experienced government attorney, Ris worked 13 years with The Wexler Group before joining American.

FORT WORTH: AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, has promoted William Ris to SVP of government affairs. Based in Bethesda, MD, Ris has led American’s Washington lobbying and public affairs programs since 1996. His duties have been expanded to include supervision of state and local government affairs efforts. An experienced government attorney, Ris worked 13 years with The Wexler Group before joining American.

FORT WORTH: AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, has

promoted William Ris to SVP of government affairs. Based in Bethesda,

MD, Ris has led American’s Washington lobbying and public affairs

programs since 1996. His duties have been expanded to include

supervision of state and local government affairs efforts. An

experienced government attorney, Ris worked 13 years with The Wexler

Group before joining American.



DALLAS: Former Hill & Knowlton exec Gary Weitman has taken over PR for

Allied Riser Communications (ARC), which provides high-speed data

services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Weitman, formerly a

senior managing director of media relations in H&K’s Chicago office, has

been charged with overseeing all of ARC’s internal and external

communications.



NEW YORK: G.S. Schwartz & Co. has hired Libby Roberge as a VP in its

consumer group. Roberge, formerly VP of media relations at Porter, LeVay

& Rose, will direct programs for The Direct Marketing Association and

Beiersdorf’s Curad brand bandages. Previously, she served as PR director

at the Private Label Manufacturers Association and at the Omnicom-owned

Interbrand Gerstman + Meyers.



REDWOOD SHORES, CA: Miller/Shandwick Technologies has announced the

addition of former Levi Strauss public affairs pro David Weiskopf as an

account director in its Silicon Valley office. A former environmental

lawyer, Weiskopf will lead such key agency accounts as Informix and

Vadem.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: Online superstore Value America has named Kimberly

McCreery Kuo senior VP of investor relations. She was most recently

director of communications at America Online, and previously served as

assistant press secretary for Sen. Bob Dole during his 1996 presidential

campaign.



NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has named Barry Leggetter EVP and global

strategy leader for the firm’s global Gillette business. He joins the NY

office from Countrywide Porter Novelli, where he served as MD of the

London office. The firm has also landed dollars 6 million in new dot-com

and consumer technology clients, including Gobi and FirstStreet.com.



NEW YORK: The Publicity Club of New York will continue its ’Meet the

Media’ luncheon series on Tuesday, November 16 with ’Working With the

Multicultural Media.’ Panelists are scheduled to include Sylvia

Martinez, executive editor of Latina Magazine. For more information,

contact Lisa Kovitz at (212) 413-0519.



SAN FRANCISCO: Hill & Knowlton has shored up its California operations

with a series of promotions. In the firm’s San Francisco office, Kevin

Elliott and Mary Hancock were named senior managing directors of the

corporate practice, and Nancy Buono Cartwright was promoted to the post

of senior managing director for the Northern California media relations

practice. In Sacramento, Tracy Campbell was named senior managing

director of the firm’s healthcare practice.



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