IN BRIEF

TAIT STRATEGIC CHIEF: Kathy C. Yohalem has become a principal at Tait Advisory Services and will lead its strategic solutions, branding and e-solution group. She will also manage the New York office. Yohalem is a strategist and futurist with more than 18 years experience in strategic solutions, branding, customer relationship management, marketing, e-business and mobile business solutions. Previously, she was a managing director of Mahoney Cohen Management Consulting Services, and before that, a senior strategist at Coopers & Lybrand.

DELTA FLIES: Actress Delta Burke has terminated her association with clothing company Delta Blues Inc., W. Stevens and its principals. Burke had licensed her name to the company for The Delta Burke Collection featuring apparel and other products. Burke, best-known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Suzanne Sugarbaker on “Designing Women,” is currently starring in a pilot being developed by the WB Network. Following an exclusive distribution agreement with the J.C. Penney catalog, the collection started being offered at Belks and May Co. last March.

HARCOURT CUTS SHARE: Harcourt General Inc. cut its stake in Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Inc. to 15.3 percent, according to an amended Schedule 13D filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The group owns 4.2 million Class A common shares. It sold 744,600 shares in the open market between Feb. 2 and March 11. On Oct. 28, 1999, the group reported an 18.1 percent stake.

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