News Briefs

PORTLAND, OR: PR.com has changed its name to OnPR. The new moniker better reflects "what we do for our clients, which is on-target communications," said agency president Megan McKenzie. OnPR has won several clients recently, including Metro One Telecommunications, TNT Software, and Tactix. Waggener Edstrom acquired the agency, founded in 1996, in February 2001.

SAN FRANCISCO: Edelman's San Francisco office has picked up The Leakey Foundation and Nambe as new clients. The agency will help with PR surrounding the foundation's 100th birthday celebration of pioneering anthropologist Louis Leakey. For Nambe, a high-end, wedding, and corporate gift company, Edelman will focus on enhancing brand awareness.

ALBANY, NY: Sawchuk, Brown Associates has added New York State Academy of Family Physicians and Lake George Forum to its client roster.

Los Angeles: Cohn & Wolfe has expanded its relationship with LG Electronics to promote LG InfoComm's title sponsorship of the first LG Action Sports Championships, an extreme sports competition put together by ASA Events. C&W currently serves as agency of record for LG Electronics' Digital Appliance division. In addition, SNL Communications has formed a partnership with ASA to handle all PR efforts for championships.

HOUSTON: Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has promoted Russell Johnson to SVP and Amber White to managing supervisor.

NEWTON, MA: Online gaming website WorldWinner has picked Weber Shandwick as its agency of record. Weber Shandwick's New England office will help generate awareness of WorldWinner via media and analyst relations campaigns.

BOSTON: Brodeur Worldwide has expanded its Asia-Pacific network with the addition of Perfect Relations, a South Asia-based PR firm. Perfect Relations has a network of 14 offices in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

REDWOOD CITY, CA: Eastwick Communications has been named agency of record by FormScape and Troika Networks. FormScape's technology helps companies create and manage business documents through the convergence of print, electronic, and other data systems. Troika develops network storage services, which companies use to develop and deploy network-based storage services.

SUNNYVALE, CA: Hi-tech security company SonicWall has selected Shift Communications as its agency of record. SonicWall develops integrated internet security technology offering access and transaction security, as well as other security services. Shift's San Francisco office will help drive the company's PR and corporate visibility initiatives.

DULUTH, GA: Merial Equine Enterprise, which makes healthcare products for horses, has chosen Bader Rutter & Associates in Milwaukee as its agency of record in the US. Merial is owned by Merck & Co. and Aventis. Bader Rutter is an integrated marketing services agency.

MINNEAPOLIS: PepsiAmericas, a major Pepsi bottler, has named Kathryn Koessel as VP, investor relations. Koessel will report to the company's CFO. Koessel has been with Deutsche Bank and has worked on investor relations for Barnesandnoble.com

CLARIFICATION: Lauren Young, the subject of this week's Journalist Q&A, has accepted a new position as department editor of personal finance at Business Week, effective October 7. The change came after the deadline for the page, but before PRWeek closed. Her new e-mail address will be lauren_young@businessweek.com.

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