NEWS BRIEFS

NEW YORK: Washington-based Spitfire Strategies, which specializes in foundations and nonprofit PR, has opened a New York office. Lisa Magnino, formerly account group supervisor with Golin Harris' public affairs division in DC, will head the office.

NEW YORK: Washington-based Spitfire Strategies, which specializes in foundations and nonprofit PR, has opened a New York office. Lisa Magnino, formerly account group supervisor with Golin Harris' public affairs division in DC, will head the office.

NEW YORK: Ogilvy PR Worldwide has hired three senior employees for its New York health and medical practice: Rori Goldin as SVP, Linda Carilli as VP, and Carrie Jones as VP. Goldin most recently served as SVP at Porter Novelli; Carilli joins from Weight Watchers International, where she served as GM, public affairs; and Jones previously worked with Edelman.

NEW YORK: Dewey Ballantine, an international law firm, has hired Jason Dinwoodie as its first-ever director of marketing and communications. Dinwoodie joins the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was director of communications.

VALENCIA, CA: Jackie Matthews has been named PR manager for Cunard Line, based at its new California corporate headquarters. Recently, Matthews held the position of senior account director for Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown, & Russell/Novom, an LA-based firm specializing in hospitality industry clients.

CORAL GABLES, FL: RBB Public Relations, an independent full-service firm, has been chosen to lead PR activities for Starbucks throughout Florida.

DOWNINGTOWN, PA: A. Duie Pyle, a transportation and logistics supplier, has selected Schubert Communications to provide a full-service PR program.

NEW YORK: Alan Metrick has returned to the PR Consulting Group, which he cofounded in 1993, after a six-year stint as director of communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

HERNDON, VA: White & Partners, a marketing and advertising firm, has hired Jos? Fuentes as director of consumer and public relations. Fuentes joins after a tour of government service, including working as director of press at the United States Agency for International Development. He also served as deputy director of advance to VP Dick Cheney at the White House.

DENVER: Ogilvy PR Worldwide has signed two telecommunications firms as clients. Ogilvy will handle channel partner communications for Level 3 Communications, which develops telecommunications infrastructure technology for customers in the cable, telephone, and internet service markets. Ogilvy will help Level 3 with its aggressive advances into voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP). Ogilvy is also working with Raindance Communications, which offers video and web conferencing services.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Horn Group has signed several new clients, including Omniture, whose software monitors web traffic and shows how visitors navigate through websites. The company's customers include America Online, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, and Wal-Mart.

BOULDER, CO: The Design Automation Conference, a leading electronic design automation conference and trade show, has selected Weber Shandwick as its AOR. The agency's Portland, OR, office will lead the account, focusing on next year's conference in Anaheim, CA.

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