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Roll Call: William and Kate, APCO Worldwide, Grace Blue, and More

The Royal Children and the Duchess of Cambridge have hired an American to handle their PR. More specifically, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry tapped Jason Knaus, previously head of PR at the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage their communications as their first stateside trip approaches. Knaus doesn’t begin until the new year, but we’d suggest that his first action should be moving to quash all those stories about the ridiculous dress code for journalists who want to interview the Brits. Our sister site Media Jobs Daily has some suggestions

APCO Worldwide chose the right time to make a big announcement: international president Brad Staples will assume the CEO role in January and founder/current CEO Margery Kraus will be executive chairman.

Two other changes will take place effective January 5th: Evan Kraus (that’s Margery’s son) will be the company’s president and managing director of operations while Neal Cohen will be vice chairman of the board and head of global client strategy. The elder Kraus writes, “Brad, Evan and Neal represent the very best of APCO – deep global perspectives, understanding of the changing communications landscape and commitment to providing the very best thinking to our clients.”

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  • M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment will be PR AOR for Bomber Ski, a company that sells performance skis “handcrafted in a small race lab in Italy.” The firm will be overseeing all of the company’s events and pitching stories to sports and lifestyle media. Some of the company’s upcoming products will feature artwork by Keith Haring and Michel Basquiat, who was known to be a “powder hound.”

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17 Firms That the New York Observer ‘Top 50′ List Missed

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Ye Olde New York Observer is known to be a publication that’s relatively friendly to PR pros who aren’t named Mark Penn. One prominent executive regularly publishes op-eds in its pages!

In case you missed it, the paper revealed its list of The Big Apple’s Top 50 PR Firms yesterday. The feature was extensive; beyond the basic list it included a “9 people to watch” slideshow and other little profiles shedding a bit of light on the people who make this industry run.

For the record, everyone who made the list deserves a spot on it. The people of #1 pick Sunshine Sachs always invite us to their holiday parties.

Still, this being a list, it did fail to mention a few worthy firms…sort of like those SEO trick “top entertainment PR” posts that show up in our Google alerts every week.

Back in September, we thought of a few people off the top of our heads who didn’t make the Business Insider “top tech firms” list. Now let’s do the same for the Observer group.

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Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, Lippincott, Fingerpaint, and More

Burson-Marsteller announced the promotion of Nicole Cornish to the position of chief operating officer for the North American region. Prior to today’s announcement, Cornish simultaneously served as CEO of the agency’s “grassroots operation” Direct Impact and SVP of its North American operations. The release tells us that her primary focus as COO will be talent retention and recruitment; she will report directly to US CEO Michael Law, and EVP Connie Partoyan will assume the role of President at Direct Impact, which is currently looking for a new CEO.

Cornish, who operates out of Washington, D.C., has spent well over a decade with the B-M organization, first as a manager of brand marketing. She joined Direct Impact in 2003 and was named CEO in 2012. She previously spent more than two years as an account supervisor at Edelman.

Branding firm Lippincott expanded its executive team with the hiring of Cory Cruser as partner in its experience innovation practice. Cruser joins the firm from digital ad/marketing agency Razorfish, where he served as group director and lead of the data-driven marketing. Prior to joining Razorfish, he served as a manager/strategic consultant at professional services firm Ernst & Young.

The release tells us that Cruser’s duties at Lippincott will include insights regarding its digital services; his resume includes extensive work in the user experience field including establishment/management of data analysis and innovation capabilities. (Link)

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Former Partner Sues Canada’s Largest PR Group

Today we learned, via an anonymous source, of a motion filed last month against National Public Relations, the self-described “largest public relations consultancy in Canada.”

The suit is being filed by a Richard Zeidel, who was until recently an SVP/partner at Canadian digital agency Sonic Boom, in which National holds a majority stake (the motion calls National “a power broker in Quebec politics”). The RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, respectively, is the parent company of National.

Here’s a copy of the motion:

In short, it accuses the firm’s parent company of using the defendant to better position itself for a pending merger/acquisition and then pushing him out.

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  • The Garrity Group Public Relations of Albuquerque will be PR AOR for New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange. The team, which includes Burson-Marsteller’s US Healthcare Practice and Poston & Associates, will handle media relations, social media, public affairs, annual reports and more…while hoping that the damned thing works as advertised.

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Roll Call: Finn Partners, Carmichael Lynch, kglobal, and More

Finn Partners hired William Nowling as senior partner in its Detroit office. Before joining the firm, Nowling effectively managed the city of Detroit’s recent municipal bankruptcy filing while acting as comms director for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn D. Orr. In the new role, he will direct strategy for the office on both the local and national levels while also attending to business growth and development concerns. Founding partner Peter Finn writes, “Finn Partners believes in Detroit’s renaissance…we see tremendous potential in Detroit and we’re deepening our commitment by expanding local capabilities.” Finn also hired Angela Corsi Leon, formerly of Weber Shandwick, as AVP of the Detroit office.

Carmichael Lynch of Minneapolis promoted Neil Goodspeed to the position of senior partner/director of consumer engagement. Goodspeed, who began his career in advertising and worked at agencies BBDO and OMD before landing the senior promotion planner position at General Mills, spearheaded a media plan for client Subaru which just won Adweek’s Media Plan of the Year Award.

Crisis comms expert and former journalist Gene Grabowski left LEVICK to join another D.C.-based firm, kglobal. As partner, Grabowski will handle business development, client services, and client counseling while directing major campaigns. He spent 11 years at Levick, rising to the title of EVP.

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  • Rubenstein Public Relations announced several new clients in the real estate sector: design firm SG Blocks, developer Continental Properties, luxury real estate firms RLTY NYC and Siras Development, crowd funding platform Fundrise, and valuation/advisory firm Butler Burgher Group (BBG). Unfortunately, we don’t even need to ask whether any of them can help us find an affordable two-bedroom in South Brooklyn.

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Roll Call: Brand.com, Waggener Edstrom, DKC PR, and More

Dave Armon, friend of the site and president of monitoring software provider Critical Mention for the past three years, is now president and CEO at Brand.com, a maker of content marketing software for both brands and publishers. President and founder Michael Zammuto is heading back into the startup space with a company called Cloud Commerce. Armon will focus on growing the company, whose offering he described to PR Week as “paid earned,” adding that “nothing like that exists today.” O’Dwyer’s notes that the company is in the process of unveiling a service “allowing brands and PR firms to commission reporter-written articles.” Armon is a reporter turned executive who spent more than two decades in various roles at PR Newswire earlier in his career, rising from bureau manager to COO. (We just hope he continues to leave the occasional comment on this blog.)

Waggener Edstrom announced the hire of two new executives in an expansion of its tech and digital teams. Emily Benning joins the team in Seattle as director of social and digital strategies; she will oversee North America account teams and clients while helping to drive “internal digital education initiatives.” Benning previously spent more than eight years at digital agency Razorfish, where she served as account manager and, most recently, associate director of advertising services. She will report to VP of social/digital strategies Matt Haynes. Marisa Hagerman joins the agency as a digital account director in its San Francisco office. Hagerman, who spent several years working in accounts at Allison+Partners and most recently served as PR principal at IT provider EMC, will report to SVP/GM Lisa Allen.

As reported in Capital New York yesterday, former Huffington Post PR lead Mario Ruiz is heading back to DKC PR. Ruiz, who led communications at Arianna Huffington’s venture before starting his own firm and w0rking with media outlets like Business Insider and Complex. Ruiz worked at DKC before joining HuffPo in the halcyon days of 2007, working in media relations for more than five years. In explaining the hire, DKC writes, “”Mario has developed a strong reputation in digital, which is why he’ll be a great addition to our media and tech practices.”

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  • Brand USA stuck with Ogilvy as its AOR after a review. Brand USA is a group created by the Travel Promotion Act to help raise awareness of the US as a global tourist destination…with or without the help of Taylor Swift.

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