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NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

Cynthia Hudson joined Burson-Marsteller, Washington, D.C., as managing director in the firm’s public affairs group. She was a principal at the Sawyer Miller/Robinson Lerer Montgomery Group, Washington. Wendy Nichols was promoted to manager of consumer … | MORE »

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PR NEWSWIRE UPDATES SYSTEM

PR Newswire introduced “Company News on-Call Plus,” an upgraded version of its news release database, stored online for access by journalists. The product now leaves three information sections open for companies to store quarterly report … | MORE »

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NEW ADDRESSES/PHONES

Ad/PR agency Ira Thomas Associates Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, has a new phone number: 330/793-3000.

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4AS ELECTS OFFICERS

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) elected its new leadership for 1996-97. The officers are: chairman–David Bell, chairman and CEO of Bozell Worldwide Inc., New York; Ralph Rydholm, chairman and CEO of Tatham EURO … | MORE »

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AGENCY MISCELLANY

Witherspoon & Associates, Fort Worth, Texas, is marking its fiftieth anniversary. Founded in 1946 as a PR firm, the company since has added advertising and marketing services. (Witherspoon, 817/335- 1373)

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WEB PAGE FOCUSES ON ARS

Cato Communications Inc., publishers of Sid Cato’s Newsletter on Annual Reports, has unveiled a Web site with information on annual reports. Included on the site, located at http://www.sidcato.com, is a quiz on annual reports, with … | MORE »

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Omnicom Group Inc., the parent company of PR firm Porter/Novelli, purchased a 20-percent stake in high-tech PR firm A Plus Group, London. A Plus will oversee Omnicom’s high-tech PR practice in Europe, working closely with … | MORE »

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NAME CHANGES

Politis & Associates Inc. , Sandy, Utah, changed its name to Politis Communications . According to agency founder David Politis, the change reflects the firm’s expansion of services beyond public relations to direct mail, trade … | MORE »

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NEGATIVE POLITICAL ADS TARGETED

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and the American Advertising Federation announced an effort to focus public attention on negative political advertising. As part of a “Political Advertising Repair” initiative, the groups have asked … | MORE »

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NEW VENTURES

GPC Opens in Calgary GPC Communications , a Toronto-based PR and public affairs firm, has opened an office in Calgary, Alberta. Heading GPC Communications- Alberta will be Gordon Forstner, who joins as general manager. He … | MORE »

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