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Roll Call: Levick, Siegel + Gale, Cannes, and more

Levick Strategic Communications has hired Jack Deschauer to serve as VP of the corporate practice. He previously worked with Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft engine manufacturer, in its efforts to end funding for the the Joint Strike Fighter program. He’s also worked on media relations in the Chandra Levy case, the Jayson Williams trial, and other notable situations.

Siegel + Gale co-founder Alan Siegel is leaving the firm after 43 years, according to Adweek. He plans to continue his work with nonprofits, medicine, education, and related areas. Among his next projects will be the new corporate identity for the Cornell University outpost on New York’s Roosevelt Island.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has named Twitter co-founder and creator Jack Dorsey (above) its media person of the year. He’ll be presented with the honor on June 20 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. In addition, Grupo ABC, the large Latin American comms group, is bringing former President Bill Clinton to the event. He’ll be giving a keynote address June 21 about “How Advertising Can Build a Better World.”

Evins Communications, which specializes in luxury and legacy brands like Leica Camera and Maker’s Mark Bourbon, has rebranded with a new website, logo (right), blog, and name, Evins Ltd. The firm is celebrating 25 years in business. In addition, the firm has welcomed a new director of the food, spirits, and wine division, Jeanette Brown-Green. Brown-Green previously worked in food and beverage PR for MSLGroup, Deussen Global Communications, and other firms.

Gibbs & Soell has named Alan Hicks creative director, a new position based in Raleigh, N.C. Hicks will lead multimedia client programs and content including corporate presentations, branding, and other items. He was previously creative director at Signal, working on creative projects and new business.

Sarah Evans, owner of Sevans Strategy, has joined Las Vegas startup Tracky, a collaboration tool, as chief evangelist. She’ll continue with speaking engagements, blogging, and other activity, but will cease taking on new clients looking for comprehensive PR work.

PR and ad agency McDougall Travers Collins and Park Avenue IR, both Rochester, N.Y.-based firms, have partnered. Both firms will remain independent and in their separate office locations.

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