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H&K Hosting Seminar With Angry Birds at Cannes

Hill & Knowlton has partnered with the Rovio Mobile blockbuster game Angry Birds to host a seminar at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity about brand engagement and what brands can learn from the game.

Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio Mobile’s “Mighty Eagle” will be presenting, along with by H&K’s global strategy director, Amanda Groty.

For those who can’t be at the seminar live in France on June 21st, you can follow along @HillandKnowlton using #HKCannes. The partnership between the Cannes Festival and H&K was announced in November.

UCP Goes Beyond Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has been working with its PR firm, Hill & Knowlton, on a campaign to spread the word that the organization is about more than just helping people with cerebral palsy. Rather, it’s dedicated to helping people with a wide spectrum of disabilities including autism, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions to live an independent life.

The first target for this message is the organization’s network of affiliates. Besides the PSA above, H&K and UCP worked with the design firm Abrials & Partners on print PSAs that are being used by more than 70 percent of the organization’s affiliates. The idea is that by reaching the affiliates first, the message will spread even further with the public.

Gidez Promoted to H&K Global Crisis Lead

Hill & Knowlton has promoted Chris Gidez to a new position: global crisis practice leader, reporting to Jack Martin, chairman and CEO of the firm.

Gidez is now part of the senior global leadership team, and will help build and maintain the risk management and crisis business across the network.

Gidez joined H&K in 2005 as head of the U.S. risk and crisis management group. Prior to that, he worked with Chevron.

Groty Named to New Position at H&K

Amanda Groty has been promoted to global strategy director, a new role, at Hill & Knowlton. In this new job, she will partner with members of senior leadership and both internal and external analysts to decide where the firm should invest its efforts towards new business, growth opportunities, talent, and other areas. She will report to the firm’s chairman and CEO, Jack Martin.

Groty joined H&K in 2002 and has worked with Fortune 1000 clients internationally. Prior to joining H&K she was MD at Beattie Media, building the firm’s London operation.

Wilkins Named H&K U.S. Tech Director

Hadley Wilkins, an SVP in Hill & Knowlton’s San Francisco office, has been named U.S. technology practice director, reporting to Dan Bartlett, H&K U.S. president and CEO, and Joshua Reynolds, global tech practice director. She will also take a place on the U.S. Strategy Council.

Over the past three years, Wilkins has worked with clients including LinkedIn, SanDisk, and Adobe Omniture. She has  previously worked with Fleishman-Hillard, Citigate Cunningham, and Landor Associates.

Moore Named H&K’s Houston GM

Michael Moore has been hired to serve as GM of Hill & Knowlton‘s Houston office, responsible for client service, business development, and operations.

Moore has a long history in politics, working as Mayor Bill White‘s chief of staff throughout his six-year term (2004 through 2009) and managed his campaign for governor last year. He’s also run other political campaigns in the past, including President Clinton’s in 1992, and was a presidential appointee to the Energy Department.

Moore also has crisis communications experience, working with the Mayor as he dealt with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike.

H&K Selects Burns as First-Ever Energy Leader

Hill & Knowlton has selected Duncan Burns as the firm’s first-ever global energy practice director. According to a spokesperson for the firm, H&K wanted to formalize an energy practice since it’s one of the firm’s largest client sectors. Burns was previously an SVP in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. He will join the firm’s global council effective immediately.

Q&A with H&K’s Bartlett: The Public is ‘Willing to Listen to the Private Sector Again’

In part two of our Q&A with Hill & Knowlton/Public Strategies head Dan Bartlett, we focus on politics and public affairs.

Bartlett, who was known for being very close with former President George W. Bush from his days in Texas politics, was an aide to the President for more than 10 years until he announced his resignation in June 2007. Later that year, he joined Public Strategies and now sits in charge.

After the jump, we talk about the impact his political history is having on the present, and what he thinks the future holds for the 2012 election.

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Q&A With H&K’s Dan Bartlett: Trust is Important to a ‘Successful Growth Engine’

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There have been a series of leadership changes ever since the November announcement that Public Strategies and Hill & Knowlton would merge at the beginning of this year. Among those changes was Dan Bartlett‘s move into the role of president and CEO of H&K USA.

Yesterday afternoon, we sat down at the H&K offices here in New York to speak with the former White House counselor to President George W. Bush about politics and his current PR life. After the jump is part one of that Q&A, focused on what it’s like in his role, how the firm is dealing with the change, and H&K’s prospects for the future.

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Emirates Selects H&K as AOR

Emirates airlines has selected Hill & Knowlton as its AOR after a competitive search. Work will focus on consumer, travel trade and corp communications programs here in the U.S. via H&K’s Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston offices.

According to H&K SVP Ivan Kayser, Emirates’ destinations have moved beyond Dubai, making it, “even more of a global airline because of the success of secondary destinations.” Geographical locations across Africa, southeast Asia, and other parts of the world have gained importance to the airline.

The airline is being positioned as a “gateway to the rest of the world,” Kayser continued.

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