News Briefs

SACRAMENTO: Mindy Fletcher, a former SVP with Ogilvy Public Relations, has joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) office as deputy chief of staff for external affairs. From 2002 to 2003, Fletcher served as communications director for the Republican National Committee. She also worked as spokeswoman for George W. Bush's 1998 reelection campaign for governor of Texas and national press secretary for Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.

LOS ANGELES: David Nobs has joined Ruder Finn as managing director. He will be responsible for leading the growth and development of its Los Angeles office and helping to manage the agency's consumer, sports, and entertainment marketing practice. Nobs was previously GM of Rogers & Cowan and Weber Shandwick in Los Angeles.

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Weber Shandwick has appointed Naomi Aoki, a former Boston Globe business reporter, to its corporate practice. Aoki joins Weber Shandwick's New England office as a VP and will provide strategic media relations counsel and media training to the firm's biotech and corporate clients.

BRUSSELS and LONDON: Hill & Knowlton has appointed Sir Stephen Wall as chairman, public affairs, EMEA. Wall spent four years as principal adviser to UK

Prime Minister Tony Blair on the European Union (EU) and five years as the UK's Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels.

CHICAGO: Linda Kingman has joined GolinHarris as an EVP in its Chicago office. She will lead the corporate communications practice for that office. Kingman had been VP of corporate communications for Kemper Insurance Companies, overseeing a staff of 21.

BOSTON: CircleLending, a specialty loan administration company, has appointed MS&L its AOR. The agency's Boston corporate group will provide the company with ongoing PR and corporate communications counsel, including support in media relations, speaking opportunities, and other activities.

CHICAGO: Financial Dynamics has hired Karen Mellen as an AVP in its Chicago office. Mellen is a former Chicago Tribune reporter who was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a series on breakdowns in the US aviation system.

ATLANTA: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has been named AOR for Total Therapeutic Management, which provides continuing medical education and quality improvement programs to the healthcare industry.

NEW YORK: Lou Hammond & Associates has made five additions to its client roster: Philadelphia STYLE and DC STYLE magazines, Litchfield Plantation, The Bentley Hotels, Havana Central, and Drive Medical.

CHICAGO: David Grossman & Associates has hired Allison Aaron as VP & senior thought partner(tm) to join the team and lead various communications initiatives for clients including Lockheed Martin, Geisinger Health System, and Munich Trade Fairs North America. Aaron previously served as VP, Manning Selvage & Lee in Chicago.

DENVER: PR firm Schenkein has added mixed-use real estate developer Shea Properties to its list of clients.

DALLAS: WiQuest Communications, a fabless semiconductor company focused on the design and production of UWB-based wireless silicon solutions, has selected Shelton, an integrated communications firm, as its AOR following a comprehensive agency review process.

BALTIMORE: Warschawski, a full-service PR, marketing and branding firm, has been selected by Jacobs Investments to launch the nation's premier thoroughbred turf racing series, The Grand Slam of Grass(tm). As the AOR for Jacobs Investments, Warschawski will handle all aspects of media relations for the series targeting national, horse racing trade and sports media outlets.

PORTLAND, OR: 3, the public communications company, has been tapped to promote Friends of Forest Park's sixth annual Walk/Run for the Wildwood.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ: Keating and Co., a strategic communications firm, has appointed veteran network news producer Robert Keating, recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards, as chief operating officer. He is the brother of agency president

NEW YORK: Doremus Financial Printing, a New York-based financial and commercial printing company, has formed a strategic alliance with PrimeZone Media Network, a press release newswire and multimedia service. The addition of newswire capabilities makes Doremus Financial Printing the first printing company to provide both EDGAR filing and news release services to its clients.

MCLEAN, VA: BearingPoint, a business consulting and systems integration firm, has named Connie Weaver EVP and CMO. She was most recently EVP PR, marketing & brand at AT&T.

MINNEAPOLIS: Maccabee Group has won two new clients, the Tria Orthopaedic [their spelling] Center, a $60 million outpatient, research and education facility in the Minneapolis area; and RE/MAX North Central, which works with Realtors in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

PALATINE, IL: Schneider Electric has hired Bader Rutter & Associates as its AOR for its US business. Bader was selected from more than 20 agencies that submitted proposals to the company.

BALTIMORE: Jacobs Investments, a stock holding company, has named Warschawski as its AOR. The agency will handle media relations for a Jacobs-sponsored thoroughbred turf racing series, The Grand Slam of Grass.

LOS ANGELES: Market Wire has announced a reciprocal agreement with CompanynewsGroup, a subsidiary of L'Ag?fi and Agence France Press. The agreement allows Market Wire to expand its distribution to a network that includes Europe's professional financial information platforms, direct feeds to main European news agencies, and leading portals and websites such as Wanadoo, Yahoo, Tiscali, AOL, MSN, and Skynet.

DURHAM, NH: KDPaine & Partners has released Internal-DIY Dashboard, a suite of tools and services designed specifically around the needs of internal communications departments.Some of its features include relationship measurement surveys, employee satisfaction surveys, and internal communications content analysis.

SAN FRANCISCO: Tony Hynes has joined Bite Communications as an SVP, and will oversee the agency's Sun Microsystems account. Hynes joins Bite from Hitachi Data Systems, where he was director of global PR. He has also worked for Burson-Marsteller and Ogilvy PR.

SAN FRANCISCO: Hadley Wilkins is joining Fleishman-Hillard as a VP in the agency's technology practice. She joins Fleishman from Citigate Cunningham, where she was also a VP. She has also worked at branding firms Landor Associates and BrandEquity International.

SAN MATEO, CA: Rearden Commerce has selected Porter Novelli as its new agency. The company develops on-demand software for companies to purchase, schedule, and manage all kinds of services, including travel, package shipping, and web conferencing.

SAN FRANCISCO: Terresa Christenson has joined Doremus as director of business development for the agency's San Francisco office. She joins from Brodeur Worldwide, where she was an SVP and GM of the agency's western region and MD of its Asia-Pacific region. Brodeur will not fill the Western Region GM role, but will instead have VPs in its San Francisco and Phoenix offices run those offices. Brodeur is looking for a new Asia-Pacific MD.

NAPA, CA: Beringer Blass Wine Estates has selected Ruder Finn/Switzer to launch the first wine designed by women for women, called White Lie Early Season Chardonnay. The wine is lower in alcohol, and thus lower in calories.

WOBURN, MA: Lois Paul & Partners has established a life sciences practice, leveraging its expertise in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and health technology markets. In addition to Restore Medical, the practice will serve two new clients - TargetRX and Medidata Solutions.

SAN FRANCISCO: Atomic PR has been retained to promote events for two San Francisco museums. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco selected Atomic to manage global PR for the recent acquisition of a significant collection of contemporary Asian paintings, as well as an exhibit of the paintings later this year. And Zeum, an interactive children's museum, picked Atomic to handle PR for its upcoming Zeum/UN World Environment Day project.

PORTLAND, OR: Maxwell PR Studio has been hired by Travel Oregon, the state's leading tourism organization, to generate national media coverage for Oregon as a travel destination. The agency will help Travel Oregon launch its first visitor e-mail newsletter, and support media outreach to regional and national travel writers. Maxwell has also picked up other new clients, including Oregon Public Broadcasting and DePaul Industries, a food and consumer goods packaging company.

UNION CITY, CA: Epicurean International, which imports authentic Thai and Asian convenience foods, has appointed Chocolate Communications as its AOR. Chocolate will help build awareness of Epicurean's Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia brands.

PALO ALTO, CA: Media and blogging network AlwaysOn has chosen Lewis PR to promote its AO2005: Innovation Summit, which features business and technology industry leaders sharing their insight into Silicon Valley. Lewis will focus on media relations prior to the conference, as well as on-site media relations.

WALTHAM, MA: Schwartz Communications has won 10 new clients. The Boston-area headquarters will handle accounts for BSD Medical, eClinicalWorks, I4 Commerce, MetaCommunications, Passport Systems, Subimo, and Zi, while the San Francisco office will manage the accounts for Enigmatec, iRadeon, and Green Array.

PALO ALTO, CA: GlobalFluency, an international network of technology agencies, has added four more partner agencies - Russia-based Pro-Vision Communications, Germany-based East Side Consulting and united communications, and Singapore-based Vital Communications. GlobalFluency now has 41 partner agencies, with 114 offices in 72 countries.

PORTLAND, OR: Cataphora and GetLisa have selected OnPR as AOR. Cataphora develops software for reviewing electronic documents. GetLisa develops and manages local wireless content and applications.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Haven Bourque has joined Straus Communications as a VP. She previously served as director of marketing and communications as TransFair USA.

CORRECTIONS: A news story about Unisys in the June 20 issue misspelled VP of marketing Ellyn Raftery's name. In that same issue's Agency Business column, we reported Peppercom's 2004 revenue as $8.1 million, which is accurate for the US. Global revenue was $8.9 million. In the June 13 Corporate Case Study on Network Appliance, the article should have stated that Network Appliance, not Applied Materials, has shown strong revenue growth according to a recent study. We regret the errors.

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