Jim Dowd has joined GolinHarris as SVP of national media relations, reporting to New York MD Jennifer Cohan. He was previously a principal and MD of Middleberg Communications. Middleberg acquired Dowd’s firm, The Dowd Agency, in 2009.

Porsche Cars North America has appointed Steve Janisse as its PR GM, effective February 1. He will oversee media relations and PR, including product placements, internal comms and social media. Bernd Harling, the organization’s previous PR GM, will become principal communications counsel, a new position focused on raising awareness among key stakeholders in the company’s major markets. The press release announcing the changes includes a list of the company’s PR contacts.

Tracy McGraw has been named SVP of corporate communications at BET. She will be responsible for PR efforts and strategies behind the network’s series, specials. and  events. Prior to BET, McGraw was at VH1.

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