NEWS BRIEFS

BALTIMORE: Warschawski Public Relations was named agency of record last week for Big Bang Products, a Canton, MD-based consumer-product company. Big Bang, winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002, has more than doubled its sales year to year since its inception in 1997, to reach more than $30 million in sales for 2002.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: The MWW Group has named Ilya Welfeld VP of its consumer marketing practice. She will oversee strategic planning, program development, and execution for Nikon's photographic products divisions, as well as several corporate and marketing communications programs.

LANHAM, MD: Vocus, the corporate communications software company, has formed a partnership with Medialink's research division, Delahaye. As a result, Vocus' software will now include qualitative news analysis and research-based rating information provided by Delahaye.

NEW YORK: The Ruth Group has named David Walsey VP of the firm's healthcare and biotechnology practice. He will be responsible for handling daily counsel and crisis management for the agency's biotechnology clients, as well as leading new-business efforts. Walsey joins the firm from Euro RSCG Life NRP, where he served as a financial communications executive.

PORTLAND, OR: Waggener Edstrom has added two new clients - Invivodata and the Preeclampsia Foundation - to its two-year-old biotechnology division. Invivodata develops handheld electronic patient diary systems for use in clinical trials. The Preeclampsia Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to hypersensitive disorders of pregnancy.

SACRAMENTO: Perry Communications Group has named Silvina Martinez its new director of Latino media relations and outreach. She will assist clients with media relations and ally development needs within the Latino community. Prior to joining the agency, Martinez served for six years as a reporter for The Sacramento Bee.

PRINCETON, NJ: Princeton Partners and Ware Anthony Rust (WAR) have formed a joint venture to provide strategic marketing campaigns and local knowledge to companies operating in the UK/Europe and in the US. Princeton Partners is part of MAGNET, an alliance of marketing and advertising agencies in a global

network, and WAR is a member of Dialogue International, an independent network of agencies largely focused on Europe.

MINNEAPOLIS: Jeanne Carpenter has left Weber Shandwick to become executive vice president and director of public relations at Kerker. Before her stint with WS, Carpenter spent 15 years working at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis, handling community relations, sales, and marketing duties.

NEW YORK: Euro RSCG Life NRP has expanded its senior management team with the additions of Rick Roose, SVP in the agency's San Francisco office, Beth Birke, SVP in New York, and Mark Vincent, VP, also in the

New York office.

WASHINGTON: The Association of American Medical Colleges has hired Elisa Siegel as SVP for communications. Formerly with Goddard Claussen Porter Novelli, Siegel is the first person to hold the position since it was left vacant in 2001.

ENGLEWOOD, CO: Starz Encore Group has promoted Eric Becker to executive director of corporate communications. He will oversee publicity for Starz Encore's

business, finance, technology, affiliate marketing, and consumer market PR.

DALLAS: Friendly Robotics has selected Michael & Partners to launch the company's new Robomower RL 800, a fully automatic lawn mower.

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