News Briefs

NORWALK, CT: Delahaye has launched Media Compass, a web-based portal that provides real-time media analysis to communications and marketing professionals.

LANHAM, MD: Vocus has introduced a mid-range version of its PR software designed for smaller PR operations. Called Vocus Public Relations Professional Edition, the software offers media contact databases, creates media lists, and distributes press releases.

NEW YORK: Brown Lloyd James has been appointed by the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the US to handle media relations for the launch of "Education City" in Doha, which is comprised of several US-based academic institutions, including Weill Cornell Medical College and the RAND Corporation.

TROY, MI: Scott Russell has joined the staff of Quell Communications as executive director of PR services. Prior to joining Quell, Russell served as director of marketing and new business for AutoLign Manufacturing Group.

TORONTO: Strategic Objectives is joining Pinnacle Worldwide, an international network of 60 top-tier, independent PR agencies in 30 countries.

NEWBURYPORT, MA: Easy Rider Tours will launch a national media relations campaign to promote its international walking and cycling vacation tours. The company has selected Louis Karno & Company Communications of Concord, NH, to implement the campaign.

PHILADELPHIA: Alta Communications has been named AOR for American Education Services' student-loan default- prevention campaign.

NEW YORK: HealthSTAR PR, a division of HealthSTAR Communications, has made Erinn White EVP and GM. White was previously a VP at Ketchum.

VERNON HILLS, IL: CDW has appointed Cindy Klimstra as director of IR. Klimstra will manage all IR activities at CDW, which sells other technology companies' products and services. Klimstra, who was assistant VP of IR at Cobalt, will report to SVP and CFO Barbara Klein.

SACRAMENTO, CA: Burson-Marsteller has named Bill Kahrl to lead its Sacramento office and the agency's national water-policy and land-use group. Prior to joining Burson in 1997, Kahrl was the opinion-page editor of The Sacramento Bee.

PORTLAND, OR: Rockey Hill & Knowlton has promoted Krista Hildebrand to GM of its Portland office. Hildebrand, who is a member of H&K's global health and pharma practice and marketing communications practice, joined the firm three years ago as a VP.

PARIS: Waggener Edstrom has opened an office in Paris, its third in Europe, along with London and Munich. Geraldine Teboul will lead the new office as GM. She was previously an account director in Oast Communications' Paris office.

MARINA DEL RAY, CA: FrontBridge Technologies has selected Sterling Communications as its AOR. Sterling's Silicon Valley office will lead the account, providing corporate messaging and positioning, strategic planning, and media and analyst relations. FrontBridge provides e-mail security and message-management services.

ENCINO, CA: Shift Communications is providing pro-bono PR services to Women in Technology International, a professional organization for women in the technology world. Shift's San Francisco office is leading the work, helping the organization increase its visibility.

NEW YORK: Alan Taylor Communications has expanded its relationship with Microsoft's Xbox division, as it was named the sports marketing AOR for XSN Sports, Microsoft's new brand of sports and racing video games. Alan Taylor has handled Xbox sports and consumer PR activities for the past three years.

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