Sept 6-7

WASHINGTON: The Walker Marchant Group has hired Sean Sands as director. He will play a key role in the firm's work with the Washington Convention Center Authority and provide strategic counsel to other clients. Sands previously held positions at Weber Shandwick and Hill & Knowlton. Most recently, Sands covered politics for The Gazette, a Washington Post Co. suburban paper in Takoma Park, MD. FOSTER CITY, CA: Sony Computer Entertainment America has named Dave Karraker senior director of corporate communications, a role in which he will oversee all North American PR for Sony's PlayStation brand. Prior to joining SCEA, Karraker was North American VP of corporate communications for Allied Domecq. Based at SCEA's Foster City, CA headquarters, Karraker reports to SVP of marketing Peter Dille. NEW YORK: Krupp Kommunications has hired Chris Dao as publicity director. In her new role, Dao will be responsible for media relations outreach and strategy on behalf of the New York-based firm's publishing, entertainment, lifestyle, philanthropy, and corporate clients. Prior to joining Krupp, Dao worked for more than six years as a publicity executive at Warner Books. She also served as co-chair of the Publisher's Publicity Association's planning committee. COLUMBUS, OH: Limited Brands has hired Anne Martin-Vachon as CMO for its Bath and Body Works division. She joins from Procter & Gamble, where she served as VP, global cosmetics and beauty marketing. MILWAUKEE: Cleaver-Brooks, an integrated boiler systems provider, has selected Scheibel Halaska as its AOR. The two companies are working together to develop and implement an integrated marketing communications program that will include branding, employee communications, PR, advertising, direct marketing, Web development, and more. WALTHAM, MA: MagneMotion, a developer and manufacturer of assembly automation, material handling, and transportation solutions using electro-magnetic technology, has selected Racepoint Group as its AOR. MagneMotion will work with Racepoint to elevate its visibility in the business, trade, and analyst communities through an extensive thought-leadership campaign. BALTIMORE, MD: Online media solutions provider Rovion has selected Warschawski as its AOR. Rovion's clients and partners include companies such as AOL, Arts & Entertainment Television, Comcast, HBO, NBA, Discovery Store, TV Guide, and ABC. Warschawski is responsible for handling all PR activities including strategic planning, branding, marketing communications, and media relations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. NEW YORK: AmericanLife TV Network has selected Trylon SMR as its AOR. The network, which is geared toward the baby boomer generation, airs classic TV, lifestyle, and original programming. Trylon will handle all media relations for the company. LOS ANGELES: Edelman has announced a partnership with TAG Strategic, a new venture that provides branding, market intelligence, business development, strategic marketing, and digital transition services. NEW YORK: Financial communications firm IGB Group has named Michael Cimini as VP in its transportation practice. He joins from KCSA Worldwide, where he served as VP.

WASHINGTON: The Walker Marchant Group has hired Sean Sands as director. He will play a key role in the firm's work with the Washington Convention Center Authority and provide strategic counsel to other clients. Sands previously held positions at Weber Shandwick and Hill & Knowlton. Most recently, Sands covered politics for The Gazette, a Washington Post Co. suburban paper in Takoma Park, MD. FOSTER CITY, CA: Sony Computer Entertainment America has named Dave Karraker senior director of corporate communications, a role in which he will oversee all North American PR for Sony's PlayStation brand. Prior to joining SCEA, Karraker was North American VP of corporate communications for Allied Domecq. Based at SCEA's Foster City, CA headquarters, Karraker reports to SVP of marketing Peter Dille. NEW YORK: Krupp Kommunications has hired Chris Dao as publicity director. In her new role, Dao will be responsible for media relations outreach and strategy on behalf of the New York-based firm's publishing, entertainment, lifestyle, philanthropy, and corporate clients. Prior to joining Krupp, Dao worked for more than six years as a publicity executive at Warner Books. She also served as co-chair of the Publisher's Publicity Association's planning committee. COLUMBUS, OH: Limited Brands has hired Anne Martin-Vachon as CMO for its Bath and Body Works division. She joins from Procter & Gamble, where she served as VP, global cosmetics and beauty marketing. MILWAUKEE: Cleaver-Brooks, an integrated boiler systems provider, has selected Scheibel Halaska as its AOR. The two companies are working together to develop and implement an integrated marketing communications program that will include branding, employee communications, PR, advertising, direct marketing, Web development, and more. WALTHAM, MA: MagneMotion, a developer and manufacturer of assembly automation, material handling, and transportation solutions using electro-magnetic technology, has selected Racepoint Group as its AOR. MagneMotion will work with Racepoint to elevate its visibility in the business, trade, and analyst communities through an extensive thought-leadership campaign. BALTIMORE, MD: Online media solutions provider Rovion has selected Warschawski as its AOR. Rovion's clients and partners include companies such as AOL, Arts & Entertainment Television, Comcast, HBO, NBA, Discovery Store, TV Guide, and ABC. Warschawski is responsible for handling all PR activities including strategic planning, branding, marketing communications, and media relations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. NEW YORK: AmericanLife TV Network has selected Trylon SMR as its AOR. The network, which is geared toward the baby boomer generation, airs classic TV, lifestyle, and original programming. Trylon will handle all media relations for the company. LOS ANGELES: Edelman has announced a partnership with TAG Strategic, a new venture that provides branding, market intelligence, business development, strategic marketing, and digital transition services. NEW YORK: Financial communications firm IGB Group has named Michael Cimini as VP in its transportation practice. He joins from KCSA Worldwide, where he served as VP.

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