News in Brief (September 9)
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News in Brief (September 9)

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has renewed its $50,000 a-month PR account at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, following a change in government that prompted a review of several agency relationships.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has renewed its $50,000 a-month PR account at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, following a change in government that prompted a review of several agency relationships. A spokesman said the ministry was “quite pleased” with the work of Weber Shandwick, which has earned several national awards in recent years.

CHICAGO—Dome Communications has hired Don Dobransky as senior account executive and Sophia Richards as account executive. Both will serve the agency on the ConAgra account, focusing primarily on the Healthy Choice brand. Dobransky joins from Barnhart/CMI Public Relations in Denver, and Richards comes from Much & House Public Relations in Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Boeing Company has named Maureen Cragin vice president of communications for Boeing’s Washington, D.C., operations. Cragin joins Boeing after serving as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Veteran Affairs since 2001, where she directed policies governing the department’s public and internal communications programs, as well as intergovernmental and consumer affairs activities. She will report to Rudy de Leon, senior vice president of Washington, D.C. operations, effective September 9.

PITTSBURGH—Joel Feldstein, former vice president and director of public relations at Blattner Brunner, is launching a new firm, Corporate Communications Resources, that will focus on strategic communications planning, crisis and issues management and executive consulting. Feldstein’s experience includes positions with several Chicago-based agencies, including 14 years at N W Ayer, where he managed the agency’s public relations business in the Midwest.

NEW YORK—G.S. Schwartz & Co. has been hired to handle public relations for GE Capital IT Solutions Disaster Recovery Services, a leading provider in North America of business continuity planning and onsite services for users of client-server computer and internetworking technology.

NEW YORK—KCSA Public Relations Worldwide has appointed Ronn Torossian as managing director. Torossian will manage a variety of accounts, with an emphasis on media relations campaigns, and lead a newly created public affairs group at the agency. Torossian joins KCSA from The MWW Group, where he was vice president/group director in the New York City office.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chris Black, former Boston Globe and CNN reporter, has been named the new communications director for the Heinz Family Philanthropies. She will work closely with the philanthropy’s chairwoman Teresa Heinz, wife of potential 2004 presidential candidate Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.).

DALLAS—Vollmer has added four new clients in the Dallas area: Range Online Media (local and regional media relations), Benihana-Las Colinas (marketing communications, media relations, special events), Tampa Bay Reads (publicity and community education events), and Woodbine Furniture (media relations counsel).

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Healthcare media expert Anne Banner is joining communications and marketing firm, The Aker Partners, as an account executive. Banner is the former media coordinator at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and was an account executive at Fleishman-Hillard.

DALLAS—Shelton, an integrated communications firm, has been selected to provide PR and IR services for three new clients. Joining Shelton’s high-tech client roster are Alliance Semiconductor, a developer of memory, mixed signal design and I/O interconnect for next-generation products; MoSys, a developer of memory technology for semiconductors; and Silicon Optix, a semiconductor company focused on the convergence of silicon and optics.

LOS ANGELES—Entertainment marketing specialist Rogers Cowan|Weber Shandwick has named Ivy Mollenkamp vice president, Lifestyle & Entertainment. She manages publicity and lifestyle-marketing campaigns for fashion and beauty brands, charitable organizations, entertainment properties and major consumer brands and reports to chief executive Tom Tardio.

SILICON VALLEY—Edelman has added Derwent Information, Digeo, Samsung SDS and Vialta to its Silicon Valley client list.

NEW YORK—Grey Healthcare Group has launched Brand Care, a new strategic branding and consulting group that will focus on global branding; portfolio, lifecycle and corporate strategy; and naming and logo development for pharmaceutical products. Its team will draw upon quantitative and qualitative research and principles from consumer marketing to accelerate and reinvigorate sales.

BOSTON— Lois Paul & Partners, a Fleishman-Hillard company, has reported the addition of five new clients to its roster. The new clients are: Emptoris, a leading provider of collaborative sourcing solutions; IMLogic, a pioneer in delivering enterprise-class software that helps companies control and leverage instant messaging; Kada Systems, a partner of mobile and embedded business solutions providers investing in delivering J2ME technologies; ProvisionSoft, which offers proactive resource management software for IT data centers; and Silas Technologies, which markets Silas Reveille, application monitoring software.

CHICAGO—Andrea Apter has been promoted to vice president at CKPR, the public relations subsidiary of Cramer-Krasselt. Apter, who leads the CKPR employee relations practice group, will oversee corporate and consumer programs for ACCO Brands, AirTran Airways, LaSalle Bank and Sutkowski & Rhoads as well as community relations for Winn-Dixie Stores. She joined Cramer-Krasselt from Golin/Harris.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—GYMR has promoted Katherine “Kit” Gray to vice president. She manages several of the firm’s foundation, pharmaceutical and association clients.

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