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Fleishman Hillard

Saunders To Lead F-H Operations in U.K. and Africa

John Saunders, who has served as regional president for Fleishman-Hillard’s operations in¬†Continental Europe and Ireland, will also now¬†manage operations in the U.K. and Africa. He has served in a leadership role within the firm for about 20 years, and is replacing Kevin Bell who stepped down in January.

Saunders co-founded Pembroke Public Relations in 1982, then created Fleishman-Hillard Saunders in 1990, and eventually became regional president of Europe and Eurasia in 2007.

F-H CEO Senay to Lead 2011 PR Lions Jury

Fleishman-Hillard president and CEO Dave Senay will be leading the PR Lions Jury for 2011. The Cannes Lions will begin accepting entries on January 27. Besides the PR Lions, there are also awards for Media Lions, Cyber Lions, Radio Lions, and more.

The Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity will take place June 19 through the 25th. Click here for info on how to enter.

F-H Overseas Regional President Stepping Down

Kevin Bell, Fleishman-Hillard’s regional president for the UK, Africa and the Middle East, is stepping down from his post after giving six months notice. He’s been with the firm for a decade.

There is a leadership team in place for Bell’s departure. Richard Kanareck joined the firm yesterday as head of the London office. Elaine McKean heads the office in Edinburgh, Annalise Coady leads Middle East operations, and Kevin Welman is head of the Africa operations.

Dowie Going to Jail

Douglas Dowie, the former GM of Fleishman-Hillard’s Los Angeles office, has lost his conviction appeal and will be heading to federal prison next month to serve his 3 1/2 year sentence. Dowie had been sentenced in 2007.

He was convicted of overbilling clients, including the Department of Water and Power, between 2000 and 2003. According to the Los Angeles Daily News (Dowie had also been an editor there), he also pushed staff to overbill. The firm paid a $6 million settlement to the city in 2004.

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Cone and Fleishman-Hillard Announce Alliance

Cone, a firm known for its work in cause branding and building brand trust, and international firm Fleishman-Hillard have announced a strategic alliance that will give existing and potential clients access to both agencies. Both firms are part of Omnicom Group.

The press release announcing the alliance states that Cone will have access to Fleishman-Hillard’s 80 offices in 25 countries; Fleishman-Hillard will have access to Cone’s cause branding and corporate responsibility services.

“As we get more opportunities to develop more global programs, it became apparent that we need market expertise to make sure [the programs] are culturally and brand appropriate,” Cone CEO Jens Bang told PRNewser. Read more

Herbette Named Fleishman Vice Chairman of Operations

Guillaume Herbette has been named vice chairman of operations at Fleishman-Hillard. He joins Bill Anderson and Kurt Wehrsten in the added role, which oversees the daily operations of the firm. He will focus on operations in North America, including business growth. Herbette has held a number of positions with the firm over the past 12 years in both the U.S. and Europe. He will work out of Fleishman’s New York office.

Match.com Moves to Fleishman Hillard

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Dating site Match.com has hired Fleishman-Hillard as PR agency of record. The deal also includes sister site Chemistry.com, PRWeek reports.

Tom Smithyman, Senior Director of Public Relations for Match.com told PRNewser the company had previously worked with MS&L Worldwide. Match.com put PR up for review after Greg Blatt joined the company as CEO last February and asked the team to do a strategic review of all partners.

Who Will Be Fleishman-Hillard’s Next NY GM?

Fleishman-Hillard SVP, Partner and Director of Corporate Media Relations Steve Naru writes in:

With Nancy Seliger‘s promotion, there is a lot of buzz about the fact that one of the best agency jobs out there in our discipline – the NYC Fleishman-Hillard General Manager Job — is now open… A comprehensive internal and external search is being undertaken by the firm for the NY General Manager’s job.

FH appointed Seliger to the new position of executive vice president, global client relations this week. She has been with the agency since 1982. “We have a solid leadership team in place in New York…so we will have a smooth transition,” said FH president and CEO Dave Senay in a statement.

David Hakensen Joins Fleishman-Hillard as Minneapolis Office GM

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Fleishman-Hillard has a new General Manager of its Minneapolis office. David Hakensen “quietly joined” FH in July as senior vice president of the agency’s corporate communications practice. Now, with his new role as GM, the agency is going public.

“I think the topic here is re-establishing Fleishman-Hillard in the marketplace,” said Hakensen. The firm used to employee 40 people in its Minneapolis office, it now employs nine. Hakensen’s career includes a 19-year stint at agency Padilla Speer Beardsley and most recently vice president of public relations at Pearson Education.

Fleishman’s Kansas City Office Decimated

Fleishman Hillard’s Kansas City office–one of its oldest–suffered somewhere north of a dozen layoffs this week, despite “losing no existing clients” according to the office founder and General Manager Betsy Solberg’s quote in the St. Louis Business Journal. It was reported last week that the Omnicom division would have to begin cutting staff at the single digit level.

Our source close to the situation explained that FH is doing what they can to keep people on staff, such as cutting days rather than benefits, and cutting top level people in Kansas City, as well as Los Angeles. Whereas we also heard a lot of support staff got cut in the New York office.

Two voicemails were not returned, and of the 42 public email addresses available for the Kansas City office, fifteen bounced back, and four generated out-of-office responses.

This particular story is hardly unusual, though this round of layoffs generated a good amount of tips in our inbox. One thing is sure though, if firms aren’t losing clients, they’re facing a roster looking to cut or freeze spending, and see what happens.

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