NEWS BRIEFS

WASHINGTON: Mary Catherine Andrews has been appointed director of the White House Office of Global Communications, a post she's held on an acting basis since Tucker Eskew's departure. The office coordinates global messages for the entire Bush administration, with a concentration on countering foreign propaganda.

WASHINGTON: Mary Catherine Andrews has been appointed director of the White House Office of Global Communications, a post she's held on an acting basis since Tucker Eskew's departure. The office coordinates global messages for the entire Bush administration, with a concentration on countering foreign propaganda.

NEW YORK: David Langston has joined Ruder Finn as SVP to head up the new branding and employee marketing practice in the creative services group.

NEW YORK: Video Monitoring Services, which provides news- and advertising-retrieval services, has acquired two advertising and news monitoring companies, AIS and Broadcast News Clips.

LOS ANGELES: Lagrant Communications, an integrated marketing communications firm, has secured new accounts: the California Science Center-Women's Health Festival, the American Cancer Society-Minority Cancer Awareness Week, and the Los Angeles Times-KidCity Awards.

WAYNE, PA: Boyd Tamney Cross, a marketing and corporate communications firm, has added three new hospitality clients: the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina; The Olde Farm; and Ladera Resort in St.Lucia.

BALTIMORE: The graduate business program of Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education has hired Weber Shandwick to provide marketing communications support.

NEW YORK: Christina Duffney has been appointed as senior publicist at Gruner + Jahr USA, where she will oversee consumer/editorial publicity for Family Circle magazine and the Parents Media Group. She was with the Direct Marketing Association.

NEW YORK: Rubenstein Public Relations has hired Renee Young as SVP. She was VP for CBS Daytime Publicity.

SEATTLE: Communiqu? PR, a new boutique agency, has opened its doors in the Northwest. The agency was founded by Jennifer Gehrt, former director of business development at Waggener Edstrom, and Colleen Moffitt, a program manager at Real Networks.

SAN FRANCISCO: Access Communications has launched a life sciences practice, with Threshold Pharmaceuticals as its first client. Threshold develops cancer drugs.

NEW YORK: Robert Dowling has joined Cohn & Wolfe as SVP and MD of the New York office's corporate and technology practices. Dowling, who will also serve as deputy GM of the New York office, was previously an EVP with Ruder Finn and director of the New York office's tech practice.

WASHINGTON: Steve Clawson has joined Dittus Communications as a VP overseeing the agency's technology, telecommunications, and government affairs practice.

DENVER: ViaWest Internet Services has chosen Stefanie Jones PR as AOR. The firm will work with the company to raise awareness of its brand, increase participation in community-based programs, and generate interest in ViaWest's hosting and business services.

NEW YORK: Cerissa Corra and Kathryn McGregor have joined Heyman Associates as associates. Corra will assist in searches related to internal communications and PR in healthcare, insurance, biotech, transportation, and shipping. McGregor will focus on searches involving external communications and brand marketing in the financial services, retail, technology, consumer goods, and the food and beverage industries.

NEW YORK: Unilever has given Weber Shandwick another brand to handle - Skippy, the popular peanut butter. Weber also handles Suave, Q-Tips, Caress, ThermaSilk, Degree, Bertolli, and Ragu for Unilever.

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