NEWS BRIEFS

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has brought in Michael Harrington, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Clay Shaw, as director of federal affairs. Harrington will oversee clients' day-to-day relationship with the Hill, as well as support specific lobbying efforts. Separately, MWW has recently picked up the public relations account for e-procurement firm ShareMax.

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has brought in Michael Harrington, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Clay Shaw, as director of federal affairs. Harrington will oversee clients' day-to-day relationship with the Hill, as well as support specific lobbying efforts. Separately, MWW has recently picked up the public relations account for e-procurement firm ShareMax.

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has brought in Michael Harrington, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Clay Shaw, as director of federal affairs. Harrington will oversee clients' day-to-day relationship with the Hill, as well as support specific lobbying efforts. Separately, MWW has recently picked up the public relations account for e-procurement firm ShareMax.



WASHINGTON, DC: Keith Kirk has joined Ketchum Public Affairs Government Relations practice as VP for grass-roots. Keith had previously been VP for The Dutko Group and had been administrative assistant to the late US Rep Bill Emerson.



NEW YORK: Manning, Selvage & Lee has poached Fargo & Partners' president Elizabeth Krupnick to fill the newly created post of senior vice president and director of MS&L's US corporate practice. Krupnick, who will concentrate on building relationships with clients, has held senior positions at Aetna Life & Casualty, The Prudential Insurance Company, and New York Life Insurance. The agency has also promoted director of creative and strategic development Mike Marino to worldwide account director on Bristol-Myers Squibb.



DENVER: MarkWest Hydrocarbon has hired Carl Thompson Associates to help implement a national investor relations program.



AUSTIN,TX Looking for its piece of the lucrative IR pie, hi-tech PR agency The Bernard Group is opening an investor relations division. The Center will target pre- and post-IPO emerging hi-technology companies and will be led by IR Directors Deanna Altenhoff and Michael Sullivan.



TORONTO: Visa Gold Explorations has hired The Investor Relations Group for IR and PR consulting services.



BURBANK, CA: Maury Rogoff PR has been hired to promote a fashion show for kids on behalf of Disney and The Council of Fashion Designers of America. Styles are being created by Betsey Johnson and Nicholas Graham.



LOS ANGELES: Youbet.com, the global online live event, entertainment and wagering company, has retained The Financial Relations Board/BSMG Worldwide for IR consulting.



FORT LAUDERDALE: SeaEscape Entertainment has tapped JumpStart IR to implement a communications program to reach shareholders and potential investors.



PERRIS, CA: Modtech Holdings, a manufacturer of modular buildings, has engaged Silverman Heller Associates for IR consulting.



WESTFORD, MA: TechMarcom, a hybrid of virtual independent agency and freelance hi-tech PR pros, has won new business from Salem-based firm Omtool and Bloodhound Software in Durham, NC.





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