News Briefs

WASHINGTON: John Gans, PRWeek's 2002 Young PR Professional of the Year, has left his post as assistant VP at Brown Lloyd James to work as a legislative and political representative for the Iron Workers Union.

NEW YORK: The Ruth Group (TRG) has hired three new practitioners to join its life sciences practice. John Capodanno, VP, will lead the firm's medical devices and healthcare services practice. Cynthia Isaac, VP, will be in charge of TRG's healthcare media team. Margaret Wahle, assistant VP, will focus on biotech from the agency's San Francisco office. Capodanno and Isaac both joined from Euro RSCG Life NRP.

TAMPA, FL: William E. Carlson, Jr. has been named president of Tucker/Hall, a Tampa, FL-based public affairs and PR firm. Prior to the appointment, Carlson had served as SVP and then COO.

LOS ANGELES: Harrison & Shriftman, a publicity, special events, and marketing firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, has appointed Kate Olsen to director of fashion. Olsen joins Harrison & Shriftman after four years with LA based MHA Media.

NEW YORK: Dan Klores Communications has appointed Lois Najarian and Jeff Klein as EVPs. Previously, Najarian was VP of publicity for Clive Davis' J Records, and Klein was GM at Bender/Helper Impact.

SACRAMENTO, CA: Perry Communications Group (PCG) is expanding its roster to include Management Resource Group, REACH Air Medical Services, the American Cancer Society's National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) program, and Aristos Academy.

SEATTLE: Hill & Knowlton has appointed Randy Pepple as CEO of Rockey Hill & Knowlton, the firm's Northwest division. Pepple succeeds John Hough as CEO, who will become chairman of Rockey Hill & Knowlton. Pepple was previously an EVP and director of public affairs for the Northwest division. H&K acquired The Rockey Company in 2000.

BOSTON: IT security company Newbury Networks has chosen FitzGerald Communications as its agency of record. FitzGerald's Boston office will first focus on educating the market about the ability of Newbury Networks' products to locate IT security breaches.

SAN FRANCISCO: Stearns Johnson Communications has added Azaire Networks and the Pearl Law Group to its client roster. Azaire develops technology that allows companies to offer wi-fi services. Pearl is one of the country's largest immigration law firms.

LOS ANGELES: Helinet Aviation Services has named PR & Company as its agency of record. Helinet is a global-flight-services and aerial-imaging company. The San Francisco-based PR agency will help develop the company's corporate communications and will provide marketing to support its products and services.

LOS ANGELES: RL Public Relations & Marketing (RLPR), a leading full-service Hispanic PR firm based in California, is expanding into the New York market by hiring Melissa Karp, former group VP at GCI. Karp will work with RLPR's newly created Latino sports group, Sportivo, to implement its growth strategy.

FERNDALE, MI: Detroit-area PR exec Janine Krasicky has established J9 Media Solutions, a strategic PR and marketing communications firm. The firm's specialties will include media relations, trade show/special event promotion, and integrated marketing communications.

CHARLOTTE, NC: Fleishman-Hillard has opened a new office in Charlotte, to serve the North and South Carolina markets. The location will be led by GM John Falkenbury, a 20-year US Army veteran, who most recently simultaneously served as CEO of Five Oaks Nursing Center, managing partner of the Falkenbury Family, and president of the Stephen D. Falkenbury Foundation.

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