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Peope News in Brief (June 18)

CarryOn Communication has named Elizabeth Gengl senior vice president and practice leader for its consumer technology group and entertainment division. Gengl will report to JP Schuerman, managing director of CarryOn’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

Paul Holmes

LOS ANGELES—CarryOn Communication has named Elizabeth Gengl senior vice president and practice leader for its consumer technology group and entertainment division. Gengl will report to JP Schuerman, managing director of CarryOn’s headquarters in Los Angeles, where she will lead key accounts including Symantec and Yahoo! Gengl joins CarryOn from United Online, a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services, where she served most recently as senior vice president of corporate communications. She joined United Online as vice president of public relations in 2000 after serving as vice president of national publicity for Universal Pictures, where she began as a senior publicist in 1991.

PARSIPPANY, NJ—Coyne Public Relations has added Beth Kimmerling as an assistant creative director, primarily supporting the agency’s new business function. She previously worked at Litzky Public Relations in Hoboken. In addition, Melissa Skabich joins Coyne as an account supervisor working on Medco Health Solutions and Zone Labs, after serving as a consultant for Freeman Public Relations. Other additions include LauraLee Munson as senior account executive; Jonathan Pocius as account executive; and Jack Leavitt as account coordinator.

SANTA ANA, CA—The First American Corporation, a leading provider of business information, has named Jo Etta Bandy senior vice president, corporate communications. Bandy will continue to oversee all facets of First American’s corporate communications efforts, including media and public relations, internal communications and messaging, as well as corporate branding and reputation management. Bandy, who joined The First American Corporation in 1998 as director of communications, was promoted to vice president, corporate communications in November 1999, a position she has held until her current promotion. In 2006, Bandy was appointed chairperson for the First American Homeownership Foundation.

CHICAGO—Cushman/Amberg Communications has hired Judith Brennan as a vice president in its Chicago office to expand the agency’s current offerings, contribute to new business initiatives and provide senior level counsel to current clients. Brennan joins Cushman/Amberg from Sard Verbinnen & Co.’s Chicago office where she served as managing director and worked with clients including Allstate Insurance Company, Career Education Corporation, Aon Corporation and Tribune Company. Previously, she was based in SVC’s New York office and was managing director and chief operating officer of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide’s corporate/financial practice.

MIAMI—The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Michelle Revuelta to associate vice president of media relations. Revuelta will supervise four staff members carrying out all aspects of the Bureau’s public relations efforts in key markets such as U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Her responsibilities include overseeing three in-market public relations firms, national and international media programs, as well as government and industry partner relations. Revuelta joined the GMCVB’s media relations team in 1997 and has served as senior media relations manager for the U.S./Canada markets for the past seven years.

ATLANTA—Arketi Group has added Peggy Woodruff to work with Arketi’s business-to-business clients to develop and deliver strategic marketing and public relations counsel. Prior to joining Arketi, Woodruff ran her own company, The Woodruff Group, for 17 years, serving business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients including the City of LaGrange, Ga., The Weather Channel and the BellSouth (now AT&T) Atlanta Classic PGA Golf tournament. Earlier, she was director for advertising and promotion for General Sports Ventures, the corporate parent of The Athlete’s Foot.

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