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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Finzel’

Roll Call: Ketchum, MSLGROUP, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, and More

Ketchum has promoted partner Amanda Sefton to director of its Global Healthcare Practice. Ms. Sefton will remain in London and will assume her new role on Dec. 1. During the transition, she will continue serving as managing director of the London Healthcare Practice. A search is underway for her successor in that role. (Release)

MSLGROUP North America has named Shellie Winkler as North America practice director of its health and corporate practices. With more than two decades of experience, Winkler most recently worked at Edelman, where she was general manager of corporate and public affairs operations for the New York office.  She is located at MSL New York, the flagship office for MSLGROUP North America (Release)

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) has hired Ben Finzel as senior vice president, public affairs and general manager of the Washington, D.C., office. Finzel brings more than 20 years of communications and public affairs experience to the agency, including a presidential appointment during the Clinton administration and nearly six years as a press and legislative staffer for two members of Congress. Finzel will lead the firm’s Public Affairs practice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that manages complex policy issues, leads high-profile campaigns, and drives business results for corporate clients, trade associations and advocacy groups. (National Journal)

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Ben Finzel, Fleishman’s “Out Front” SVP Joins Widmeyer


Ben Finzel, founder of Fleishman-Hillard’s “Out Front” practice, and blog by the same name, is leaving the agency to join Widmeyer as SVP in charge of public affairs.

Widmeyer is “fiercely” independent according to their boilerplate. The trades put them at about 50 people and 9 million in billings, focusing on healthcare, pharma, higher education, and government.

The release details Finzel’s history including posts on the Hill, and as a Clinton appointee in the Department of Energy, developing the “Clean Energy for the 21st Century,” with no mention of his LGBT niche.

We don’t know who will pick up Fleishman’s LGBT torch yet, but a good guess would be the most senior of the bloggers SVP Peter Klaus, already based in the D.C. office.

Related: Eight Words to Avoide in LGBT PR

Eight Words to Avoid in LGBT PR


Fleishman-Hillard SVP Ben Finzel has a problem with vocab, gay vocab.

As head of the FH Out Front gay and lesbian practice, Finzel sees that words like “choice,” “preference,” and “tolerance,” are used as sly digs to undermine the LGBT community. And, communicators and media use them too in flatfooted attempts to be sensitive.

Fleishman is as far as Finzel knows, and I know, the only large firm with a global LGBT practice. Their client have included included Ernst & Young, UPS and Motorola.

Finzel breaks the grates down to a manageable list of eight on the Out Front blog, all with a consistent theme–gay people are people. Equal, normal, born that way.

So next time you communicate to a particular community, make an effort to speak the speak correctly, and have someone within said community check your work.

The Eight Words and Phrases to Avoid in LGBT Communications (with paraphrasing by PRNewser in the interest of brevity) are after the jump:

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