PALO ALTO, CA: Stanford University has appointed David Demarest, former communications director for President George H. W. Bush, as VP for public affairs. Demarest has also served as EVP and director of corporate communications at BankAmerica, and EVP for global corporate relations at Visa International.
WASHINGTON: Burson-Marsteller MD Curtis Chin, a public affairs veteran with experience in the Asia-Pacific region, has been appointed to the State Department's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy.
WASHINGTON: Blackboard, an e-Learning software and services provider to universities and K-12 schools worldwide, has named the Pappas Group its marketing communications AOR.
NEW YORK: Newscast has launched Image Library Plus, an online product enabling the integration of externally hosted image libraries into corporate websites and intranets. The system allows organizations to make photographic images, logos, press releases, video, and audio files available to internal and external audiences.
SAN FRANCISCO: Business Wire has entered into a local-language distribution arrangement with Newsis, South Korea's first and only independent news agency. Under the arrangement, BW transmits Korean-language releases to Newsis' media and online subscribers.
NEW YORK: The Greater New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has appointed Adrienne Scordato, 34, as communications director, a newly created position. Prior to joining Komen, Scordato worked for Gundersen Partners, a global search firm that specializes in the marketing industry.
LAS VEGAS: Convention telecommunications provider Smart City has named Brown & Partners Advertising, Public Relations and Public Affairs its advertising and public relations AOR.
REDWOOD CITY, CA: Biotech company Genitope has selected Edelman as its new agency. Genitope focuses on R&D of immunotherapies for cancer treatment. Edelman's San Francisco, LA, and New York offices will collaborate on the account, working on corporate communications, product PR, and investor relations.
BROOKLYN, NY: Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), an urban real estate developer, has named Barry Baum as VP, PR. Baum will coordinate PR between FCRC and the New Jersey Nets, which was purchased by an investment group led by FCRC president and CEO Bruce Ratner last August.
SAN FRANCISCO: The Horn Group has added several new clients, including IDC's Manufacturing Insights, GetPaid, Priva Technologies, and Courion.
NEW YORK: Warnaco has named Alison Brod Public Relations as the AOR for the following brands: JLO Lingerie by Jennifer Lopez, Lejaby Rose, Olga, Warner's, and Axcelerate engineered by Speedo underwear.
LOS ANGELES: Rogers & Associates has hired Barbara Goen as SVP. Goen previously served as senior executive in charge of communications and brand management at KCET, the West Coast flagship station for PBS.