NEWS BRIEFS

LOS ANGELES: Discovery Networks promoted Kristin Brown to VP of talent relations, strategy, and development. Bryan Hughes will replace Brown as the new VP of communications for Discovery. Both Brown and Hughes will report to Annie Howell, SVP of communications. SAN DIEGO: Gable-Cook-Schmid Public Relations has expanded marketing capabilities with the appointment of Philippe Cesson as MD. In this role, Cesson will lead strategic online and offline marketing initiatives, including research, strategy, development, and program implementation. BRISBANE, CA: Wily Technology has picked The Horn Group as its AOR. The company develops enterprise-applications management technology. PORTLAND, OR: Michele Grebisz has joined Lane Marketing as CFO. Prior to joining Lane, Grebisz was CFO at Global Software Solutions, an international technology-services company she cofounded. LOS ANGELES: Town Hall Los Angeles, one of the US' civic- speakers forums, has formalized a partnership with Hill & Knowlton by naming the firm as pro bono AOR. MIAMI: The Miami Performing Arts Center appointed Gail Eaton to director of marketing and communications. She will manage marketing initiatives, including brand development, advertising, and PR. LAS VEGAS: MassMedia/Vanguard has been retained as the AOR by Amargosa Pine Growers, the exclusive grower of eldarica pine trees in Nevada, where they will manage all PR, marketing, and advertising activities. SAN MATEO, CA: A&R Partners has promoted Todd Irwin to its executive team, making him the tech agency's newest partner. Irwin will continue to focus on new-business development, along with client services and management responsibilities. Irwin joined A&R in 2002, having come from Coltrin & Associates. NEWS BRIEFS SAN JOSE, CA: Brocade has picked FS Communications as its new AOR. Brocade is a key player in the network- storage management space. Companies such as Hewlett-Packard and EMC sell Brocade's technology as part of larger IT offerings. LYNNWOOD, WA: Cypress MicroSystems, a division of Cypress Semiconductor, has selected Brodeur Worldwide as its AOR. Brodeur will focus on strategy development, positioning and messaging, competitive intelligence, media relations, and industry-trade and market- analyst outreach. SAN FRANCISCO: Gannon Hall has joined The Horn Group as MD of the firm's new interactive services division. Hall previously ran his own web strategy and design firm, Hall Consulting, which was a Horn Group partner. NEW YORK: Ruder Finn has promoted SVP Alicia Dollard to run the New York tech practice. Dollard, who has been with RF for seven years, will focus on enhancing current client relationships and identifying growth sectors. NEW YORK: KCSA PR Worldwide has added Deltek Systems and TimeAmerica to its list of tech clients. Deltek develops business management software and services, while TimeAmerica offers time- and workforce-management software. PHILADELPHIA: The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded its five-year PR contract for the state's tourism and economic development business to Tierney Communications. Tierney will develop and execute media relations' strategies and programs to promote Pennsylvania to travelers and out-of-state businesses. NEW YORK: MWW Group has been named as US PR agency for the London Stock Exchange. The firm will introduce and promote the exchange to US companies across all business sectors.

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