NEWS BRIEFS

WASHINGTON: Cassidy & Associates has hired two political advisers. Ali Amirhooshmand, a policy adviser to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Ron Phillips, senior policy adviser and professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, join as VPs.

WASHINGTON: Cassidy & Associates has hired two political advisers. Ali Amirhooshmand, a policy adviser to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Ron Phillips, senior policy adviser and professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, join as VPs.

NEW YORK: Seven Worldwide has selected Trylon Communications to handle business and trade media relations for corporate and individual brands. Trylon will be responsible for promoting Seven Worldwide's enterprise initiatives, proprietary research data, agency wins, and the launch of individual campaigns. ST. LOUIS: CKPR has won the KILZ brand of painting primers. The agency, with headquarters in Chicago and Milwaukee, will work on brand identity and consumer awareness. WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations has appointed Jerome Hauer as an SVP and co-chairman of its homeland security practice. Most recently, he served as the first director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute at George Washington University, where he worked with the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and deliver first responder, medical, and public health training for the National Capital Region. LOS ANGELES: Manuel Montano has been appointed VP/MD for Lagrant Communications' Hispanic practice. In this position, Montano will manage the Hispanic account team while expanding the firm's client base. STAMFORD, CT: Peter Kerr has joined Pitney Bowes in the newly created position of director of media and editorial relations. Kerr spent 14 years as a reporter at The New York Times and has held communications leadership positions at PR firm Robinson Lake and at Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield. NEW YORK: Worldcom Public Relations Group, a network of independently owned PR counseling firms, has added four new partners: C2 Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico, InterMountain Corporate Affairs in Denver, Katcher Vaughn & Bailey in Nashville, TN, and Wilcox Group in Vancouver, British Columbia. RICHMOND, VA: Carter Ryley Thomas has added four new clients to its client list: Virginia Union University, S & R Communications, Corn Products, and McGeorge Car Co. OTTAWA, CANADA: Software company Corel has selected The Jeffrey Group to help launch the latest version of WordPerfect Office in Latin America. The firm will target consumers and small- to medium-size businesses, as well as the government and education sectors. SAN FRANCISCO: Steve Spurgeon has joined Porter Novelli as an EVP to lead the Bay Area consumer and corporate practices. SAN FRANCISCO: Boutique investment management firm RS Investments has selected Peppercom to develop communications programs to raise the firm's visibility and public awareness of its capabilities and products. SALT LAKE CITY: Realm Systems, which develops mobile technology, has selected Atomic PR to handle corporate, enterprise, and consumer PR. Atomic will focus on positioning, messaging, brand development, communications strategy, and campaign execution..

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