News in Brief (September 2)
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News in Brief (September 2)

BRW LeGrand, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s leading public relations firms, has hired Rich Miller as technology team leader. His prior agency experience includes positions at Schwartz Communications and Metzger Associates.

Paul Holmes

DENVER—BRW LeGrand, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s leading public relations firms, has hired Rich Miller as technology team leader. Miller specializes in emerging technology PR and is focused on helping technology companies establish markets for new technologies and innovative products through integrated marketing and communications. His prior agency experience includes positions at Schwartz Communications and Metzger Associates.

NEW YORK—Entertainment public relations veteran Patricia Kiel has been named executive vice president of corporate communications and media relations at NBC. She joins from Sony Music Entertainment, where she was senior vice president of communications, and replaces Kassie Canter.

RICHARDSON, TX—Crinis Networks has retained Michael A. Burns and Associates, a leading public relations firm in Dallas, to assist with product and corporate promotion. The firm will help launch the Crinis Networks’ ConnectPoint 100, a fast Ethernet solution for local area networks.

CHICAGO—Aon Corporation, a holding company for insurance, brokerage, consulting and insurance underwriting subsidiaries, has named former FRB Weber Shandwick media relations executive Al Orendorff to the newly created position of director of public relations. Prior to joining Aon, Orendorff spent 14 years with The Allstate Corporation and two years as senior associate and vice president at FRB Weber Shandwick (formerly The Financial Relations Board).

MALDEN, MA—Topaz Partners, the public relations firm launched earlier this year by former Miller Shandwick executive Tony Spaienza, has added four new staff members. Amy Krigman comes to Topaz Partners from Weber Shandwick Worldwide; Liz Erk has both agency and corporate communications experience; Hope Williams was most recently worked with Brodeur Worldwide; and Philip McManus has worked in marketing positions for CUseeMe Networks and iVantages.

COLUMBUS, IN—Susan Hanafee has joined Cummins as executive director of public relations. She will lead the company’s communication efforts with the media, as well as all internal communication services. Hanafee joins Cummins after serving in a variety of corporate affairs positions of increasing responsibility at Indianapolis Power and Light Company. She joined IPALCO in 1993 and rose to her most recent position as vice president of corporate affairs.

LOS ANGELES—Tellem Worldwide, a full service Los Angeles-based public relations, marketing communications and video production agency, has added Aurora World to its expanding client list. Aurora is a leader in the plush toy industry. SAN FRANCISCO—Bite Communications has been chosen to manage public relations for New York- based Etagon, which is launching the first Oracle 9i RAC database appliance server. Bite will manage the campaign out of its San Francisco office.

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