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PE Corporation, a biotech firm, has appointed Lyn Christenson to the newly created position of VP, corporate communications.

NORWALK, CT: PE Corporation, a biotech firm, has appointed Lyn Christenson to the newly created position of VP, corporate communications. She will be responsible for external and internal communications strategy programs for the company and its PE Biosystems and Celera Genomics Groups. Previously, Christenson was director of corporate communications for biopharmaceutical supplier Aviron.

MINNEAPOLIS: Sun Country Airlines has appointed Tammy Lee as its new director of public affairs and media relations. She will oversee PR, media relations and government affairs for the airline, replacing Lori Barghini as official company spokesperson. Barghini has been promoted to director of marketing and in-flight experience.

DALLAS: The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the American Marketing Association has named Trista Collier as president for the 1999-2000 term and installed Kyle Holmes as president-elect. Holmes, director of business development at M/C/C Dallas, will assume the group's presidency next July. Collier, a marketing projects manager with measurement device supplier Milltronics, was formerly the Dallas AMA chapter's VP for retention.

TROY, MI: Meritor Automotive, an auto parts supplier, has appointed Lin Cummins to the newly created post of VP of communications. Previously VP of advanced marketing and worldwide communications for United Technologies Automotive, Cummins will run PR, employee communications and community relations for the company. Meritor also promoted Jerry Rush to the role of senior director, public affairs.

SEATTLE: The Universal Wireless Communications Consortium has tapped Lynn Mell to the newly created position of communications manager. She arrives from Xypoint, a privately held telecom provider, where she served as marketing manager.

WASHINGTON, DC: The PRSA's environmental section has announced plans for its November environmental communicators conference, 'Communications: Our Renewable Resource.' The event will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at the Capital Hilton. Speakers include Mary Hager (a Newsweek editor) and Harriet Tregoning (a US Environmental Protection Agency policy wonk).

DETROIT: Marx Layne & Co. and PR Networks have been named joint agencies of record for Detroit's planned MotorCity Casino. Marx Layne will handle general PR, while PR Networks will focus on minority market initiatives. MotorCity hopes to open this fall, but the wait for necessary regulatory approvals could push that date into next year.

ATLANTA: ING Financial Services/North America has revitalized its corporate communications department with two appointments. Amy Fry, an ING veteran, has been named VP, corporate communications, while Keri Phifer has joined as a corporate communications specialist. Phifer recently worked at Wyse Landau PR in Cleveland.

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