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SYRACUSE: Niagra Mohawk Power has named Joseph Russo VP of public affairs and corporate communications. Russo, most recently VP of corporate affairs for Hertz, will report to COO and EVP of energy delivery Darlene Kerr.

SYRACUSE: Niagra Mohawk Power has named Joseph Russo VP of public affairs and corporate communications. Russo, most recently VP of corporate affairs for Hertz, will report to COO and EVP of energy delivery Darlene Kerr.

SYRACUSE: Niagra Mohawk Power has named Joseph Russo VP of public

affairs and corporate communications. Russo, most recently VP of

corporate affairs for Hertz, will report to COO and EVP of energy

delivery Darlene Kerr.





NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton has hired Martin Blair as a senior MD in its

NY media relations practice. He was previously director of media

relations for Glamour and director of PR for Allure.





LOS ANGELES: Express.com, a movies, music and video game retailer, has

hired Dan Wood as director of PR. He was previously director of new

media accounts at mPRm PR, where he worked on accounts for Express.com

as well as Napster and CartoonNetwork.com.





LOS ANGELES: Sitrick & Company has brought Frank Swertlow on board as a

member of the firm. He was most recently an entertainment reporter for

The Los Angeles Business Journal and wrote a daily syndicated Hollywood

column for The Los Angeles Daily News.





SEATTLE: The Cobalt Group, an online b-to-b company for the automotive

industry, has chosen KVO Public Relations as its agency of record.





BEDFORD, MA: Vialog, a provider of audio, video and Internet

conferencing services, has brought Richard Turcott on board as VP of

marketing. Turcott joins from Lycos, where he launched the ’Lycos

Rewards’ loyalty program.





PHOENIX: Farnam Companies, a provider of animal-health products, has

hired three new staffers: PR director Gina DePinto, PR assistant

director Melissa Veselovsky and manager of Internet development Scott

Linzer.





NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has announced two promotions in its healthcare

practice (Katie Loughlin from account supervisor to VP and Michelle

Ertischek from SAE to AS); three in its consumer marketing practice

(Lisa Glacken Lochner from SAE to AS, Alyssa Weiskopf from AE to SAE and

Jennifer Amon from assistant AE to AE); one in its business marketing

practice (Paige Orr from AE to SAE); and two in its national media

relations department (Lisa Concepcion and Danielle Tracy from SAE to

media manager).





WARREN, NJ: Fenton Construction has appointed McShane Associates to

spearhead its PR. The publicity push will kick off with a celebration of

the company’s 35th anniversary.





ANDOVER, MA: PictureTel has retained the trio of PR firm O’Keeffe &

Company, Cipriani Kremer Design and Web design specialists Razorfish to

support its corporate marketing initiatives.





NEW YORK: McBride/Golly Media has added Ivette Almeida to its staff as

media manager.



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