News in Brief (October 1)
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News in Brief (October 1)

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has renewed its contract with Fleishman-Hillard, which started working on the account in 1997. The board of commissioners has signed a new one-year contract, worth $3 million.

Paul Holmes

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has renewed its contract with Fleishman-Hillard, which started working on the account in 1997. The board of commissioners has signed a new one-year contract, worth $3 million, with FH. LADWP general manager David Wiggs credited the firm with “continually delivering top-quality communications results that enhance our ability to serve our clients.”

SAN ANTONIO—ILEX Oncology has promoted Craig Tooman to senior vice president, strategic planning and corporate communications, and a member of the company’s executive committee. Tooman joined ILEX in March 2002 as vice president of investor relations after playing that same role at Pharmacia, where he led investor communications surrounding the merger of Pharmacia & Upjohn and Monsanto. Tooman has more than 14 years of pharmaceutical experience in strategic planning, finance, marketing and sales, as well as investor relations.   

NEW YORK—Access Communications, which specializes in consumer and business-to-business technology, has added two new business-to-business technology accounts and has also been awarded a project-based promotion. The client wins include Flarion Technologies, a mobile broadband infrastructure company and Summit Systems, a leader in trading, risk management and straight through processing software development. Ricola USA, a leading supplier of herbal cough and throat drops, has tapped Access to oversee a consumer sampling and media relations campaign in New York City.

ST. LOUIS—Catherine Rohan, who has specialized in Internet communications for two advertising agencies in London, has joined Fleishman-Hillard’s interactive group as creative director. Rohan will provide dynamic web-based solutions for new product launches, customer loyalty programs, and grassroots initiatives. Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, she had been creative director specializing in interactive media for the London offices of D’Arcy Advertising and Euro RSCG Advertising.

MINNEAPOLIS—Henry de La Garza of Houston’s de la Garza Public Relations has been named chairman of Pinnacle Worldwide, an international network of independent public relations firms, with Henry Wheeler of Kansas City-based Boasberg Wheeler Communications taking over as president.

SAN FRANCISCO—Singer Associates, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading independent communications firms, has added the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Measure BB campaign to its client list along with San Francisco’s oldest and most historic bakery group, Boudin Bakeries. To help serve the new business, the firm has added three staff: Karen Stern joins Singer as vice president, having formerly served as head of marketing for the law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest. Kirk Blackburn has been promoted to account executive at the agency and Cherise Beard and Janet Lee both join Singer Associates as assistant account executives.

MCLEAN, VA—Qorvis Communications has added Eric Lundberg and Kelley McCormick as managing directors, with senior-level experience in public relations and grassroots and Sara Cox as director. Prior to joining Qorvis, Lundberg was a vice president with the Edison Group, where he developed and managed grassroots efforts that integrated traditional grassroots tactics with the Internet and other cutting edge technologies.

BOSTON—Cone has added two new clients, American Red Cross Blood Services – New England Region and Domtar. Cone will provide branding and positioning as well as media relations for the companies. For American Red Cross Blood Services Cone has been retained to develop consumer affinity programs to increase donor and sponsor involvement in key New England states, and to assist with media relations regarding current blood shortages. Domtar, a leading manufacturer of business, printing, specialty and technical papers, has retained Cone to develop awareness in the U.S.

NEW YORK—Vorhaus & Company, a New York based public relations firm, has announced the promotion of Ana Flores to senior vice president, human resources; Lisa Onorato to vice president, finance & operations; Terese Kelly to account director; Nicole Pride to account supervisor; Marcus Gamo and Jaime Marland to senior account executives; and Yamilee Bazile to project manager.

TROY—Bianchi Public Relations has been selected to provide media relations and communications support to three new clients. Bianchi will provide media relations and event support, strategic planning and public relations counseling for Ricardo, a provider of research and design services for automotive manufacturers and tier one suppliers; for Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of technical education training; and for IRN, a consulting firm.

MINNEAPOLIS—Padilla Speer Beardsley has hired Elizabeth Hanlin, a veteran of the food industry in public relations, as senior counselor. Hanlin was formerly director of corporate communications for The Pillsbury Company, where she created and led brand public relations campaigns, and headed its worldwide employee communications group. Before joining Pillsbury, Hanlin served as manager of public affairs for Campbell Soup Company.

DALLAS—Kevin Tanzillo has been named vice president of Richardson-based Dux Public Relations. Tanzillo will lead the technology practice for Dux, an agency launched in 2001 that focuses on small to mid-sized clients. He is best known for his work leading the public relations activities for Fujitsu Network Communications and Fujitsu Network Services from 1996 to 2000.

MIAMI—Lorena Andrade has been named managing director of The Jeffrey Group’s Mexico City office. Andrade, a native of Mexico, has previously been a senior associate at Burson-Marsteller Mexico from 1995 to 1999 and then regional account manager at B-M Latin American headquarters in Miami.

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