NEWS BRIEFS

NEW YORK: Henry Engleka has been named group director of Widmeyer Communications. Stephen Stafford and Matt Cobey have also joined as assistant VPs.

NEW YORK: Henry Engleka has been named group director of Widmeyer Communications. Stephen Stafford and Matt Cobey have also joined as assistant VPs.

DETROIT: Stan Simek has been named district manager of Business Wire's Michigan bureau. He will be responsible for the company's sales and marketing efforts.

WASHINGTON: Financial Dynamics' month-old DC office has signed its first major public affairs client, the American Financial Services Association, a trade group for financial services firms providing credit to consumers and small businesses. FD will provide state and local public affairs support.

PROVIDENCE, RI: Jennifer Toone has founded In Toone Communication, an independently owned PR, advertising, and professional image-consulting firm.

CHARLOTTE, NC: Corder Philips Wilson has promoted Bill Norton to director of PR and Mark Harrison to director of interactive marketing for the full-service marketing communications agency.

NEW YORK: Susan Mekrami has joined MS&L's corporate practice as SVP of internal communications.

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick has named Lisa Travatello chief creative officer in the agency's New York office.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MA: Warner Communications has added Health Family Magazine to its client roster.

FORT WORTH, TX: Kim Speairs has been named VP/director of client services for Witherspoon Advertising and PR, where she formerly served as director of client services.

DALLAS: Michael A. Burns & Associates has named Jennifer Green a VP. She currently manages accounts for companies such as American Leather, Cantoni, Regency Centers, and Technical Transportation.

LOS ANGELES: Starz Encore Group has promoted Tom Southwick to SVP/corporate communications. He reports to Robert Clasen, sales and marketing president.

PLEASANTON, CA: PeopleSoft has hired Brad Whitworth as director of internal communications. He had previously worked at Hewlett-Packard in various internal and external PR posts, most recently as internal communications manager for the personal systems group. At PeopleSoft, he will oversee all aspects of the enterprise-software company's employee communications.

SANTA ANA, CA: IT product distributor Ingram Micro has chosen O'Leary & Partners to support the company's US PR efforts. Ingram picked the firm after a four-month review of agencies' measurement capabilities, market and technology expertise, and relationships with key media and analysts, among other factors.

CAMPBELL, CA: Big Sky Communications has added Portal Software and Veritas to its client roster. Big Sky will provide PR and writing services for Portal, and customer success programs for both Portal and Veritas.

SANTA CLARA, CA: McGrath/Power PR has added Fortinet and Radixs for PR services. The agency will focus on raising the profile of Fortinet, which develops security technology. It will help Radixs launch its new wireless operating system.

BOSTON: Digital Innovations and Molecular have both hired Greenough Communications for PR services.

SANTA CRUZ, CA: Molino Networks has hired SutherlandGold Communications for PR. Molino develops technology that lets users store digital media on a single device.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Marimba has selected Armstrong Kendall as its AOR. The agency will help enhance awareness of the company and its software-management services with the media, industry analysts, investors, and potential customers.

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