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MINNEAPOLIS: ADC Telecommunications has named Chuck Grothaus as its PR director. He will oversee external and internal communications for the company on a global basis. He will report to Steve Mitchell, VP of North America sales and marketing, and Hubert Schanne, VP of international sales and marketing.

NEW YORK: The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recently unveiled the Military and National Security Section, which will focus on the professional development needs of military and civilian public affairs personnel of the Department of Defense and the US Armed Forces. In addition, the section aims to meet the needs of civilian PR professionals who work with both organizations on national-security issues.

NEW YORK: Ann Barlow has been named a partner at Peppercom. Prior to joining, she worked at Interpublic Group-owned Mindstorm Communications, where she served as senior VP/GM for their New York office.

HEALDSBURG, CA: Michel-Schlumberger Wines has retained Paige Poulos Communications to assist with brand-building, recognition, and reputation-management efforts.

NORWALK, CT: Former Deloitte executive Doug Brown was named VP of worldwide sales for Delahaye, the communications-research unit of Medialink Worldwide.

PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS: Kerzner International Limited has appointed marketing and communications specialist Lauren Snyder as SVP of corporate PR. She will report to Howard Karawan, EVP and CMO. Previously, Snyder was SVP of corporate communications for Gemstar-TV Guide International.

BLOMFIELD HILLS, MI: North Star Home Lending has selected Marx Layne & Co. as its PR agency of record. North Star is a full-service residential mortgage company doing business in the Detroit area.

NEW YORK: TCBY has picked Jericho Communications to handle PR. Other new food accounts won by Jericho include Domino's Pizza Team Washington and Late July Organic, a new brand of organic snacks. The agency also picked up Universaldrugstore.com.

CLEVELAND: Marilyn Chase has been named EVP, director of client services at Liggett-Stashower. She will oversee all account-management functions. Chase has been with the agency 15 years, most recently as SVP, management supervision and director of operations.

NEW YORK: Stanton Crenshaw has named Liz Savery as SVP and director of the agency's tech practice, working with clients such as Sharp Electronics. Previously, Savery was SVP and corporate/technology group director at Cohn & Wolfe. Savery has also worked with Access Communications, TSI, and Rowland Communications.

BOSTON: FitzGerald Communications has added Clare and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) as its newest clients. Clare develops optically isolated state relays, integrated circuits, and other technology for the telecommunications market. SIAC works with local law enforcement, alarm companies, and community governments to reduce false alarms.

SAN FRANCISCO: MSR Communications has added home furnishings importer IMG Home and Pavia Day Spa to its client portfolio. MSR will focus on media relations for IMG home, targeting businesses and philanthropic organizations, while media relations for Pavia will include both Bay Area media outlets and national trade publications.

CORRECTIONS: In the October 13, 2003 feature "State of the Rising Sun," Festival Bay at International Drive was incorrectly identified as "Festival Bay factory outlet center." In the January 5 Market Focus, David Zucker was incorrectly identified as president of Porter Novelli, when in fact he is VP and leader of CauseWorks, PN's social marketing group.

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