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McLEAN, VA: Shift Communications has appointed Sheila Consaul as MD of its Washington, DC-area office. Consaul, who was previously GM of East Coast operations for The Hoffman Agency, will lead client services and business development.

LOS ANGELES: The Cancer Detection Center has selected Young Communications Group to handle marketing for the screening center. The agency will reach out to

general audiences, with a special focus on the African-American market, where there is an enhanced need for individuals to get screened.

FAIRFIELD, NJ: Coyne Public Relations has appointed Ronni Heyman as VP of new business development. Heyman, a 16-year PR veteran, was most recently communications director for, owned by LVMH Mo?t Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.

NEW YORK: Business Wire has named Gregg Castano to its board of directors. The SVP of global sales joined Business Wire in 1985, and is coordinating the current effort to set up worldwide sales offices.

BOCA RATON, FL: 14 South Networks has tapped Gallagher Group Communications to provide a host of PR services. 14 South Networks is a new intranet security company spun off from IBM.

AVON, CT: Martino & Binzer has appointed Christopher Capot to VP of PR. Capot is responsible for taking the agency's PR business into new markets, increasing the depth of its PR resources, and enabling the agency's clients to draw on his expertise on both sides of the PR business. Most recently, he headed up internal communications for a global division of JPMorgan Chase in New Jersey. Before that, Capot was director of client services for RLM Public Relations in New York.

MINNEAPOLIS: Former congressman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny is rejoining Twin Cities PR firm Himle Horner as a senior counselor. Penny assists regional and national clients in strategic planning and public affairs. He joined the firm shortly after retiring from Congress in 1994, and took a leave of absence last year to run for Minnesota governor.

PORTLAND, OR: Woodburn Company Stores, owned by Newport Beach, CA-based Craig Realty Group, has selected R/West to manage its PR program. The three-year-old premium outlet center, located 30 miles south of Portland, is the largest in the Northwest. The campaign will target residents of Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Western Canada, building recognition for the destination and its seasonal special events.

WASHINGTON: Goddard Claussen Porter Novelli has added three staff members: Neil Franz, former Washington editor for Chemical Week magazine, joins as SAE, as does Meghan O'Meara, who comes from Hill & Knowlton's Washington office. Anna Vredeveld, previously of Johns Hopkins Medicine's department of planning & marketing, joins as account supervisor.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA: Beard Advertising has been appointed by Slide Systems to handle its nationwide PR activities. Located in Canastota, NY, Slide is the manufacturer of the Rollerbox brand of rolling storage systems and accessories for pickup trucks.

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has named Chris Hansen SVP and CMO. Hansen will be an integral part of LACMA's executive management team, and directly responsible for all marketing efforts, including brand development, creative communications, membership, PR, and the museum stores. Prior to joining the museum, Hansen was EVP of marketing at Limited in Columbus, OH.

WASHINGTON: Phillip Hayes, a public affairs professional with The Aker Partners, has been promoted to associate partner. Previously with Hill & Knowlton, he was a staffer for a member of Congress, and was staff director of a Senate agricultural subcommittee.

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