NEWS BRIEFS

LOS ANGELES: Nancy Carr, CBS' VP of communications and its number two PR person on the West Coast, has quit the network. Carr was with CBS for more than 15 years.

LOS ANGELES: Nancy Carr, CBS' VP of communications and its number two PR person on the West Coast, has quit the network. Carr was with CBS for more than 15 years.

ALVISO, CA: TiVo has appointed Matt Wisk as SVP and CMO. With his arrival, VP of marketing Susan Cashen will focus more heavily on corporate communications and PR. She will report to Wisk.

COLUMBUS, OH: PR agency Paul Werth Associates has acquired The Haunty Agency, a branding and advertising firm also located in Columbus. Full story at prweek.com.

NEW YORK: CKPR has changed the name of its New York office from Nichol-CKPR to CKPR. Executive director Betsy Nichol, founder of the former Nichol & Company that CKPR acquired a year ago, is leaving to start Betsy Nichol Communications. Arthur Yann, SVP and director, will assume Nichol's duties and run the office's operations.

PROVIDENCE, RI: RDW Group is opening a Boston office headed by John Bermingham, who joins from Mcgarrybowen.

CHICAGO: Res Publica Group has hired Steve Kennedy as VP. He joins from Hill & Knowlton Chicago, where he served as a VP.


HARTLAND, WI: Charleston|Orwig has named Mike Aabram to the newly created position of director of PR. Most recently, Aabram was SVP in the corporate practice of Ketchum's Chicago office.

New York: First Consulting Group has selected M Booth and Associates as AOR to increase the consulting firm's visibility and to attract new clients in its core focus areas of healthcare and the life sciences.

PHILADELPHIA: The Brownstein Group has hired Robert Brodo as VP, director of business development. Brodo was CMO and CEO of online learning for Strategic Management Group.

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Bell Pottinger USA has been named AOR by The American Academy of Neurology and its foundation. The agency will launch the groups' first-ever public awareness campaign.

WASHINGTON: Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the arts in America, has added three people to its public- and government-affairs staff: Lina Garcia, formerly the press secretary for the Democratic National Convention, will be director of local arts policy; Narric Rome, previously with the Dean for America campaign, joins as director of federal affairs; and Jay Dick, most recently with software advocacy firm Capitol Advantage, will serve as director of state arts policy.

PARSIPPANY, NJ: Chemical company Degussa has appointed Jonathan Evans as director of communications. Evans joins the from BASF Corporation, where he was most recently manager of corporate communications.

NEW YORK: BCA has been named the PR agency for the Mantis Collection, a group of hotels, game reserves, and spas in South Africa as well as a hotel in London.

ATLANTA: Calysto Communications has signed several new clients, including Avici Systems, which develops router technology for the internet. As Avici's agency of record, Calysto will focus on business and trade media relations. Calysto's other new clients include TeleGea, SIPquest, Xten Networks, and Quallaby.

WALTHAM, MA: Schwartz Communications has won eight new clients, including healthcare IT, security, wireless, and search-management companies. The agency's Waltham-based headquarters will manage accounts for Funk Software, Vivisimo, ScriptLogic, and SecureWave. Its San Francisco office will lead accounts for Permeo Technologies, Digital Evolution, Micromedex, and Encirq.

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