News Briefs

LOS ANGELES: Rogers & Cowan has appointed Arley Baker vice president and head of the agency's consumer/corporate group in LA. Most recently, Baker was a director of corporate communications at EarthLink.

Chicago: Jeff Leshay has joined the Chicago office of Edelman as an EVP and senior counselor in its corporate affairs practice. Leshay had directed the public affairs group in the pharmaceutical products division of Abbott Laboratories.

Alexandria, VA: Marc Ross has been named director of grassroots and field operations for the American International Automobile Dealers Association. The group represents 10,000 foreign nameplate auto dealers in the US.

SANTA CLARA, CA: Karen Klein has joined Sun Microsystems as senior director of software communications. Klein oversees all communications surrounding Sun's various software platforms, including Java. Klein was previously an EVP and GM of Magnet Communications' San Francisco office, which she joined in December, having left Weber Shandwick as GM of its San Francisco office.

MIAMI: Pacer Health, operator of assisted-living and residential-care facilities, has named Edelman its agency of record for national media outreach, as the company looks to expand beyond Florida.

HATO REY, Puerto Rico: Grey Global has rebranded the PR arm of WING Latino Group as GCI Puerto Rico. E. Tom?s Dardet, VP/MD, will report to Jeff Hunt in Austin, TX, who serves as president and CEO of GCI Latin America. The seven-person office will serve as a launch pad for GCI in the Caribbean, and will support future expansion plans in Latin America, Hunt said.

DALLAS: Cooksey Communications has hired Donna Arp, former mayor of Colleyville, a fast-growing Dallas suburb. As SVP of client services, Arp will concentrate on new-business development. Clients she has brought to Cooksey include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Texas and Market Street, a Lubbock, TX-based specialty grocer opening its first Dallas-area store in Colleyville.

BUFFALO, NY: National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, a local utility serving more than 500,000 customers in New York, has hired Eric Mower & Associates to handle its marketing communications.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL: The Glasure Group has hired Randall Metting as VP of sports and entertainment marketing for its new sports marketing practice. He was formerly director of Atlanta-based The Music Network.

BUFFALO, NY: The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) has selected Travers Collins & Company to provide PR, advertising, and public affairs counsel. The BMHA, established in 1934, provides services and opportunities associated with affordable and secure housing for individuals and families.

IRVINGTON, NY: Riverside Public Relations, a firm that specializes in law firms and legal service providers, has landed three new legal clients: JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaye Scholer's Patent Group; and the White Plains, NY office of Hinman, Howard & Kattell.

FAIRFIELD, NJ: New York-based hair-care company Matrix, a division of L'Oreal USA's professional products division, has hired Coyne PR to create programs to launch all new products and services, as well as to highlight all of Matrix's color and hair-care lines. In addition, Coyne will provide PR support for Matrix's philanthropic work with Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children with hair loss due to medical conditions.

Milwaukee: State National Bank has picked Zizzo Group Advertising and Public Relations as its agency of record. The Wisconsin-based bank will use the agency for PR and media strategies.

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