News Briefs

LOS ANGELES: Market Wire has formed a partnership with NoticiasWire to reach Hispanic-targeted points of contact, including editorial systems, newspapers, databases, websites, and radio and television newsrooms.

AUSTIN, TX: Carla Stanmyre, former EVP and MD, North American Marketing Practice for GCI Group, has launched Dynabrand, a PR firm that will focus on brand-building PR for tech- and consumer-goods clients. Dynabrand's roster includes Internet Home Alliance, the network of companies advancing the home technology market, which includes Best Buy, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sears, Whirlpool, and Zensys, a leading provider of wireless control networking technology.

AUSTIN, TX: Tammy Stocker, previously of CenterPoint Ventures, has joined Porter Novelli as VP, where she will be responsible for leading the team in an effort to diversify from a predominant technology focus to more corporate and consumer client work.

NEW YORK: MS&L has named Stephanie Koze SVP in its New York healthcare group, where she will mainly work on the firm's Eli Lilly account. She joins from Chamberlain Communications Group, and has also worked for Edelman.

LEXINGTON, MA: Software firm Convoq has chosen FitzGerald Communications as its AOR. Convoq develops real-time meeting and collaboration software. FitzGerald will develop and manage communications programs to promote the company and its products.

ANDOVER, MA: PAN Communications has signed 10 new clients in the past two months: Cardiff, Compliance Solutions, Cort Directions, Impaqt, InterNoded, Maxware, Mobile-Mind, Silkroad Technology, Ultimus, and Whatman.

SAN CARLOS, CA: Kulesa PR has opened its doors in the Bay Area, focusing on tech companies. The agency already has a client roster that includes AvantGo, Compuware, and Euclid. President and CEO Joanna Kulesa started the agency after six years as president and general partner with Evans Partners.

ALBANY, NY: Lisa Coldwell O'Brien, a public-affairs veteran who also founded the New York Charter Schools Association, has established Coldwell Communications Group, a public affairs firm.

AUSTIN, TX: Darcy Communications/Houston, a PR firm specializing in issues and crisis management, has merged into The Alliant Group, a Texas-based PR and marketing agency serving clients nationwide.

CHICAGO: Comcast, a leading developer, manager, and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of programming content, has retained L.C. Williams & Associates to plan and implement a PR program for the region.

NEW YORK: Courtney Q. Shore has been named SVP communications and marketing of Girl Scouts of the USA. Previously, Shore was SVP & MD for Rare Medium, an interactive/multimedia development company and founder of its brand-solutions division.

RICHMOND, VA: Slay Public Relations has been selected to perform PR projects for Dataline, a Norfolk, VA-based provider of technology infrastructure; The Montpelier Foundation, which administers the historic home of the nation's fourth president, James Madison, and Thomasville Furniture Industries, a full-line furniture manufacturer.

DALLAS: The recently launched USX China Index, the only index in the world devoted exclusively to Chinese-focused public companies traded on US stock exchanges, has hired CTA Public Relations for a comprehensive marketing PR program in North America.

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