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Roll Call: FleishmanHillard, Fenton, Steinreich Communications Group, and More

FleishmanHillard has announced new leadership for its global strategic integration team. Stefan Gerard, based in New York, will serve as the firm’s global strategic integration lead. In addition to this role, he will lead the New York office’s brand marketing group. Gerard, a senior vice president and senior partner, has helped lead the agency’s strategic integration practice in the Americas since joining the firm in 2010. He brings to the position a unique mix of multidisciplinary experience across advertising, public relations, digital content, brand strategy, consumer research and experiential activation. In his expanded role as the global lead, he is responsible for developing and managing the structure and strategy for the firm’s large-scale client engagements that span geographies and disciplines, as well as overseeing the integration of creative and planning disciplines into the firm’s overall offering. (Release)

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his own firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief executive. His own role will shift to one of chairman, effective immediately. Former Billboard editorial director Bill Werde has taken on the role of Fenton‘s new CEO. Werde most recently worked on new business opportunities at Guggenheim Digital, which oversees Billboard, Adweek, and The Hollywood Reporter. Fenton sold the agency to two new owners, Craig Leach, CEO of Graham-Pelton, and James Marcus, director at Graham-Pelton Consulting and former head of Fenton Studios. With the buyout, Fenton has joined Collegium, a network of cause-related agencies, which Leach and Marcus launched about nine months ago. (PRWeek)

Steinreich Communications Group, Inc. has announced that Ariella Steinreich joined the firm as media relations director. Steinreich will be responsible for providing media strategy and counseling, as well overseeing the integration of traditional and social media campaigns. Steinreich most recently was a senior associate at Burson-Marsteller where she handled global media relations for several of the agency’s clients. Prior to this position, she was at Kwittken, where she also handled media relations.

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Roll Call: Ruder Finn, Rubenstein PR, APCO Worldwide, and More

Ruder Finn announced the hiring of two new executives in its Corporate practice. Christine Dusek returns to RF after seven years away; she brings more than 15 years of most recently held the position of corporate reputation/crisis management experience to her new role as EVP. Dusek most recently managed global communications for healthcare information/consulting company IMS Health. As EVP, she will drive global comms operations as well as developing existing talent and targeting new business opportunities.

Jon Vidar assumed the SVP position at Ruder Finn this summer. His work will span both the firm’s Corporate practice and its in-house digital agency RFI Studios, and he will also support the cause-based unit Ruder Finn Effect. Vidar founded his own agency, Uncharted Digital, in 2012 and remains its CEO; he also started the non-profit Tiziano Project, which serves “underrepresented communities across the Middle East, the U.S., Europe and Asia.”

New York’s Rubenstein Public Relations hired Donna Fontana as new managing director. In her most recent position, Fontana served as MD/VP of fellow New York firm K2 Public Relations; prior to assuming that role, she held the VP of PR position at Weight Watchers.

Fontana also spent more than five years with the Ketchum organization, rising to the rank of SVP and Group Manager of the firm’s brand practice. In her new role, she will work directly with President Richard Rubenstein to identify new business opportunities and oversee client service practices.

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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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Roll Call: APCO Worldwide, Weber Shandwick and KARV Communications

Tina-Marie Adams, former Ketchum senior client director and Midwest regional director, joined APCO Worldwide as the firm’s new managing director for its Chicago office. Adams joins APCO with nearly 20 years of agency experience. Prior to her roles with Ketchum, she served as MWW group midwest general manager and Hill & Knowlton regional labor relations, public affairs and health care director as well as having worked at Fleishman-Hillard and The Tierney Group. Over the course of her career, she has worked heavily in key sectors such as energy, health care, transportation, food and higher education and with some of America’s most iconic brands. In addition to her agency experience, Adams also served as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and later as an editor for Gannett Newspapers. (Release)

Weber Shandwick has named Lee Noonan global chief technology officer. Noonan joins Weber Shandwick from Havas Worldwide Digital. A technology expert with nearly two decades of experience in enterprise software, internet infrastructure and web application organizations, Noonan will be based in New York and oversee the application and integration of existing and emerging technologies for both Weber Shandwick and its clients. Previously, Noonan built and managed a business development group for Metapa, a software company focused on automating data exchange between enterprises over the internet, as well as serving as director of strategic marketing and business planning at Digital Island. Prior to that, Noonan served as Principal Consultant at Oracle, managing multi-million-dollar implementations of decision-making software at several of the world’s largest international financial institutions. (Release) Read more

Roll Call: Ogilvy PR, Burson-Marsteller, APCO Worldwide and More

Ogilvy Public Relations announced that Nicky McHugh has been named executive director of the agency’s New York Corporate Practice. McHugh will lead the strategic direction and growth of the New York Corporate Practice. She will oversee the group’s client accounts, financial performance, talent, and business development initiatives. The Corporate Practice services clients in the areas of reputation management, employee communications, investor relations and business-to-business public relations. Bringing nearly two decades of experience in strategic corporate communications, reputation management, issues advocacy and executive visibility, McHugh has partnered with numerous influential brands in the financial and professional services sectors. She launched the Qatar Investment Authority in the U.S., provided executive support across North America for the Dubai International Financial Center and also for the French government’s economic development division, Invest in France. Most recently she spearheaded the agency team for Deloitte, and was the North America lead for the World Gold Council. (Release)

Burson-Marsteller announced that Ann Davison has been named chair, U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis practice, effective June 16. Davison will work closely with U.S. CEO Dave DenHerder and U.S. president Michael Law. For the past 25 years, Davison has led public policy, corporate reputation, advocacy and public education campaigns for elected officials, Fortune 100 global organizations, non-profits and private foundations. Davison joins Burson-Marsteller from VOX Global, where she served as senior partner and managing director, working with corporate and non-profit clients to advance their reputation and advocacy goals since 2008. Before that, she spent seven years with FleishmanHillard, most recently as senior partner and deputy general manager, managing multimillion dollar accounts in the agency’s Washington, D.C. and Miami offices. Throughout her career, she has passionately guided clients in applying social marketing and campaign strategies to shape beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in pursuit of making an impact on people and policies. (Release) Read more

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APCO Worldwide and StrawberryFrog are collaborating to get people to stamp their passport to the sunny beaches of Albania. According to the news in Argophilia Travel News, the two firms will cooperate for “developing and deploying international ad and marketing campaigns geared to boost knowledge of Albania and the country.” BTW, if you were standing on the stiletto heel of Italy, look east, and there’s Albania nestled besides Greece. The Adriatic Sea is quite lovely this time of year.

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Roll Call: Porter Novelli, NBCUniversal, enVu and More

Porter Novelli announced that Michael Ramah has been appointed chief client officer. He will work closely with senior leadership on both agency- and client-side teams to drive innovation, best practices and growth. Ramah’s appointment comes on the heels of his having spent the latter half of 2012 serving as acting CEO of the agency. (Release)

Lori Conkling joined NBCUniversal as EVP of Strategy and Business Development for a newly-formed area of the company focused on the monetization of cross-platform content, driving innovation and architecting a digital strategy across mobile, social and the web. She reports directly to Lauren Zalaznick, EVP, NBCUniversal, who was recently promoted to lead the group. Conkling joins from A&E Networks (AEN), where she was EVP of distribution. (Release)

enVu appointed Jim Farrell as EVP of sales for its gestural interactive ad network. In his new role, Farrell will be responsible for building and overseeing the sales efforts for enVu’s five North American sales regions including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit. Jim will focus on cultivating a successful sales and customer service team across the U.S. to ensure enVu’s high growth objectives are achieved. (Release)

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Great Holiday Cards from PR Firms

Like the rest of you, we’ve received quite a few holiday-themed e-cards from various firms and individuals over the past two weeks. We’d like to highlight a few that stood out (listed in no particular order, because you know we don’t play favorites):

Oh, and apologies to everyone we left out—our number one New Year’s resolution is “re-organize your inbox!!!”

 

  • Wolff Olins’s nicely animated New Year’s resolutions card
  • CRT/Tanaka’s “Inspired by You” video, which uses human silhouettes to spell themes
  • APCO Worldwide’s clip featuring “Thank You” messages from around the world
  • Jack Morton’s “What I’m Looking Forward to in 2013Pinterest page featuring original art inspired by optimistic New Year’s suggestions
  • Cision PR’s “Cringe Worthy Moments” reviewing some of the year’s PR fails
  • TriplePoint’s musical, hip and awkward “Happy Holidays
  • Here’s an interesting one that’s more of a year-in-review: Waggener Edstrom’s “Go Native” city guide celebrating another year of “favorite local experiences” in cities around the world.
  • We also want to take a brief moment to recognize Havas PR’s “12 Days of Havas” giving initiative, created in coordination with #GivingTuesday.

Roll Call: Shift, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, APCO Worldwide, and More

Adam Gerston, one of the leaders of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developers program, left the social network to join Shift as vice president of strategic partnerships. Gerston, who joined Facebook in 2010, told Business Insider that, during his time at the company, the Preferred Marketing Developers grew from a group of two to a team of 20 managers who handle 25 percent of the company’s ad clients. (AllFacebook)

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. announced the appointment of Vicki Lins as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA). She had been SVP of marketing at Comcast. An ad industry veteran with more than twenty years’ experience, Lins will lead marketing strategy and execution for the CCOA business and will also serve as a member of the CCOA Executive Committee which guides the overall corporate strategy in North America. She will also liaise with Clear Channel Outdoor’s global marketing organization. (Release)

Frances Sun, former senior vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, China, joins APCO Worldwide as managing director of the firm’s Shanghai office. Sun has more than 20 years of experience in global communication, crisis communication, and media and government relations. Prior to joining APCO, Frances spearheaded H+K Strategies’ practice aimed to equip Chinese companies with professional communication support for their globalization efforts. She served as the global client relationship manager for the Beijing Olympic Games and led H+K’s crisis and issues management practice. She has extensive experience conducting media and crisis communication trainings for executives from both multinational and Chinese companies. (Release)

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Roll Call: Another Porter Novelli departure; A Council of PR Firms replacement; and More

Porter Novelli‘s global president and CFO Anthony Viceroy is leaving the company, joining CEO Gary Stockman and CMO Michael Goldberg, who have also recently stepped down from their positions. Ad Age reports that Viceroy will be heading to a health care company. “Porter Novelli’s future is less clear,” the magazine says.

Speaking of Gary Stockman, Dave Senay, president and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard, will be replacing him as chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms starting December 1. According to the Council’s president Kathy Cripps, the organization’s leaders have to be working for a member firm. Senay is already on the Council’s board and is the chair of the Critical Issues Forum.

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