PR People Moves

Burson-Marsteller names Alan Arkatov (ex-eEducation Group) to the new position of President-CEO of the company's Southern California region. Arkatov will also lead the firm's
national education group and oversee its West Coast public affairs group; the firm also named Bill Kahrl to lead Burson's Sacramento office and its national water policy and land
use group... Connecting Point Communications, an independent PR firm specializing in information technology, announces that Nola Armijo is joining the firm as Business Development
Director. Before joining Connecting Point Armijo was founder-CEO of JONA Group... Weber Shandwick's Chicago office promotes both Deborah Cross and Virginia Devlin to senior vice
president... Peppercom promotes Andy Hilton to director of the PR firm's San Francisco office... Larry Kamer (ex-Kamer Consulting), a contributing editor to PR NEWS, joins Manning
Selvage & Lee as Senior VP and director of its U.S. Issues and Crisis Practice. He'll work out of the firm's offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles... The Hartford Financial
Services Group names Joshua King vice president of media relations, a newly created position. King previously worked at Monsanto Company as director of international government
affairs and also served from 1993-1997 as director of production in the White House office of communications... D S Simon Productions, one of the major players in the VNR space,
promotes Kenneth Meyer (ex-New Jersey Red Dogs and New Jersey Rockin' Rollers) to Senior VP/Media Relations and Broadcast Services... The Magazine Publishers of America names
Harlan Schwarz as Senior VP-Advertising Marketing of the MPA, a newly created position. Schwarz, who was President of Targeted Marketing/Media Consulting, reports to MPA Executive
VP/Chief Marketing Officer Ellen Oppenheim... Michael Robinson is the new Director of Investment Business Communications at Freddie Mac... Hill & Knowlton USA taps Steve
Singerman (ex-Edelman/Ruder Finn) as General Manager of the Hill & Knowlton, Chicago, and Director of the U.S. Marketing Communications Practice; Mary Trudel (ex-Ruder Finn)
is named Senior VP of Hill & Knowlton and head of its consumer marketing and consumer technology businesses... Ziff Davis Media, the large B2B publishing company, promotes
Randy Zane to Director of Corporate Communications. Zane, who was PR manager at Ziff Davis, will report to Ziff Davis CEO Robert Callahan...