News Briefs

WASHINGTON: Susan Neely, the first and recently departed assistant secretary of public affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security, has been named president of the American Beverage Association.

WASHINGTON: Susan Neely, the first and recently departed assistant secretary of public affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security, has been named president of the American Beverage Association.

SAN MATEO, CA: Biz 360 has entered into a strategic partnership with Nielsen/NetRatings to include information on global internet reach metrics in its Market 360 product.

BEDFORD, MA: IT company RSA Security has selected OutCast Communications as its new agency. RSA previously worked with McGrath/Power, which will still handle PR for the popular RSA Conference along with Padilla Speer Beardsley.

SAN FRANCISCO: Barbara French is shutting down her 7-year-old firm, Reputation, to join the University of California at San Francisco as associate vice chancellor of university relations.

PALO ALTO, CA: Ryan Donovan has joined Hewlett-Packard's corporate communications team as director of corporate media relations. Donovan moves over from HP's enterprise group, where he was director of HP Services analyst relations and PR.

NEW YORK: Ketchum's healthcare practice is under new leadership. Mark Cater, partner and former MD of European healthcare operations, will become the director of the global healthcare practice. David Catlett, who previously led the global healthcare practice, will step into a newly created position, director of healthcare client service and development.

ST. PAUL, MN: Angela Craig has been named VP of corporate communications for St. Jude Medical. Craig was most recently VP of corporate affairs for the UK-based medical device company, Smith & Nephew. Korn/Ferry International assisted with the placement.

MIAMI: A new Hispanic marketing and PR blog www.hispanicmpr.com, has been launched by the Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association. The blog includes links to Hispanic PR news and provides a forum for a new book on Hispanic marketing and PR due out later this year.

NEW YORK: Irena Briganti has been promoted to VP of media relations at Fox News. She previously worked as senior director of media relations. She will be responsible for the distribution of network ratings, as well as publicity for The Fox Report with Shepard Smith and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

CHICAGO: Kimberly Todd has become an SVP in the consumer brands group of GolinHarris. She will continue to work on the McDonald's account. Golin also has hired Rachel Greene as SVP in the consumer brands group. She had worked on the McDonald's account as a freelancer for Golin before being brought on staff.

SUNNYVALE, CA: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the National Parent Teacher Association have launched an online initiative to educate their members about safety issues on the internet. The Digital Living Project, which can be found at digitallivingproject.com, will feature instructional material that informs children about digital rights, privacy, and security issues.

WASHINGTON: Stanton Communications has promoted four senior account professionals to VP: Lori Russo and Michiko Morales in the Washington, DC, office, Eliza Sullivan in the New York office, and Gillian Pommerehn in the Baltimore office. This marks the first staff VPs in the firm's 16-year history.

MILWAUKEE, WI: Boelter & Lincoln Marketing Communications has been named marketing communications AOR for the 2005 Wisconsin State Fair.

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