News in Brief (June 3)
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News in Brief (June 3)

Durazo Communications, which provides communications advice to clients targeting the Hispanic market, has added three new clients, including American Honda and the Department of the Treasury to its account roster.

Paul Holmes

LOS ANGELES—Durazo Communications, which provides corporate and marketing communications advice to clients targeting the Hispanic market, has added three new clients, including American Honda and the Department of the Treasury to its account roster. Total new billings for these three clients should be approximately $1.4 million.
HONG KONG—Peter Kingsbury, former chief executive of Burson-Marsteller’s Asia-Pacific operations and more recently co-founder of his own firm, Kingsbury Adams, has joined Edelman Public Relations Worldwide as non-executive director of Edelman Asia-Pacific. Kingsbury will work with Australia managing director Jill Collins and her Sydney-based leadership team.
CHICAGO—The Illinois Commerce Commission has retained The MWW Group for its expertise in issues management and utility deregulation. In each of the past four years, MWW has been appointed by the ICC to develop and manage the “Plug-In Illinois” consumer education campaign for electric service restructuring. In previous years, the campaign has focused on business customers who received the right to choose in the first phases of electric service restructuring.  In 2002, the process advances to residential consumers, fulfilling the state’s transition to a competitive electric service market.
LONDON—Stephen Kehoe, senior managing director of global public affairs in the Washington, D.C., office of Weber Shandwick, is joining APCO Worldwide as director of European public affairs. He will be based in the London office of APCO and will report to Brad Staples, chairman of the firm’s European operations.
CHICAGO—Spiegel Catalog, one of the nation’s leading direct marketers of apparel and home furnishings, has named CKPR as public relations agency of record. The public relations campaign will initially focus on creating awareness of Spiegel’s private labels brands, including Clifford & Wills. CKPR has previously assisted Spiegel with employee relations, website promotion and publicizing its advertising campaign.
FAIRFAX—American Management Systems, an international business and information technology consulting firm, has named Charlene Wheeless senior vice president for corporate communications, a new position created as part of a leadership strategy to position AMS for dynamic growth. Wheeless will report to AMS chairman and chief executive officer Alfred Mockett. Wheeless joins AMS from DynCorp, a technology company, where she was vice president of corporate and marketing communications.
CHICAGO—Golin/Harris International has been retained to provide strategic public relations counsel to The Enterprise Foundation, a national organization that rebuilds communities and works with partners in providing low-income people with affordable housing.  The account will be headquartered in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
NEW YORK—Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has hired Kevin Davidson and Laurie Elkin as account supervisors in the firm’s New York health and medical practice. Davidson joins from Hill & Knowlton in Washington, DC, where he oversaw PR efforts for the American Red Cross, among others. Elkin joins from Rubenstein Associates, where she publicized activities for clients including Weight Watchers International, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and Beth Israel Medical Center.
RICHMOND—Carter Ryley Thomas Public Relations and Marketing Counsel has been retained by the National Park Foundation to conduct national media relations around the refurbishment and reintroduction of the famous Red Buses that transported generations of visitors around Montana’s Glacier National Park from the 1930s until 1999.  The buses are being refurbished by Ford Motor Company through the National Park Foundation’s Proud Partners of America’s National Parks program.
LOS ANGELES—Kathy Vincent has joined Ruder Finn as vice president in the Los Angeles healthcare and biotechnology practice. Vincent was most recently a vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, working in the Los Angeles and New York offices, where she focused on biotech clients.
DETROIT—Technology and life sciences specialist Airfoil Public Relations has added MichBio—the Michigan Biosciences Industry Association—as a new client. MichBio is Michigan’s largest life sciences industry association with over 100 members statewide.
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