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AUSTIN, TX: Former Compaq exec John Harris has joined GCI Read-Poland to help establish an internal communications practice. His first order of business is providing internal comms support for the agency's key Dell account. Harris previously served as employ communications manager for Compaq's supply-chain management division. Harris left Compaq before its merger with Hewlett-Packard.

WASHINGTON: Widmeyer Communications, Washington's largest locally owned firm, has brought aboard Michelle Dimarob, former communications director for Rep.

Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), as a senior associate in its public affairs practice. She has previously held communications posts with the House Small Business Committee and Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA).

NEWTOWN, PA: Christopher Allman, former director of global pharmaceutical communications for Johnson & Johnson, has launched his own consulting firm, Allman & Associates. Initially, the new company will focus on biotechnology and pharmaceutical products, and advocacy development.

SUNNYVALE, CA: Juniper Networks has selected boutique tech agency Bite as its new PR firm. Juniper is the second-largest router maker globally, with about 12% of the market for selling routers to telephone companies. Cisco leads that market with about 58%, and Redback Networks is third, with about 7%, according to CNET.

NEW YORK: The NewsMarket has named Edward Lamoureaux VP of sales for the Americas. He joins the company from VMS, where he served as VP of US sales. He has also worked for Bacon's Information, Medialink, and On The Scene Productions.

WASHINGTON: Two hi-tech companies have named APCO Worldwide as AOR: IT consulting firm HPTi, and WorkStrategy, an HR-management technology company.

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton has appointed Chaz Godwin to VP and director of broadcast services, a new offering within the firm's media communications practice. Prior to joining the agency, Godwin was with Fleishman-Hillard, and has also worked for Dateline NBC.

NEW YORK: Fusion PR has launched a data-storage group aimed at supporting the PR needs of data-storage and storage-networking companies. The group will focus on leveraging its extensive databases, and developing relationships with the media and analysts to help storage companies build awareness and credibility.

DALLAS: Raytheon Commercial Infrared has selected M/C/C to provide variety of b-to-b and b-to-c PR initiatives. M/C/C will focus on branding, expanding market awareness, and understanding of the company, which designs and manufactures thermal-imaging products.

ST. LOUIS: Susan Finn, PhD, former president of the American Dietetic Association, has joined Fleishman-Hillard as a senior consultant. Prior to joining the agency, Finn was with Ross Products, a division of Abbott Laboratories, for nearly 30 years.

NEW YORK: Berk Communications has signed rapper Jay-Z's new Manhattan sports lounge 40/40. Berk will stage the grand opening gala on June 18, and will handle all press relations for the venue.

BOSTON: RFBinder Partners has been retained by Copy Cop, which offers printing and imaging services. The agency will provide PR services focused on Copy Cop's summer launch of new high-quality four-color imaging services and technologies. The team will be led by Nancy Moss, EMD and head of RFBinder's Boston office, and Josh Gitelson, MD.

NEW YORK: The American Board of Medical Specialties, which oversees the 24 approved medical-specialty boards in the US responsible for physician certification, has hired M. Booth & Associates to handle communications for its maintenance-of-certification initiative.

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