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Roll Call: Univision, Chandler Chicco, Bite, and More

Univision has announced a new social media communications team, and David Beck (left) will serve as VP, GM of social media. He’ll report to Mónica Talán, SVP of corporate communications and PR. Beck was previously VP of strategic initiatives in Univision’s office of the CEO.

Chandler Chicco Companies has launched Chandler Chicco Digital comprised of the firm’s existing digital specialists and those from Kazaam Interactive. Kazaam was acquired by Chandler Chicco parent company, inVentiv Health. Both Chandler Chicco and Kazaam are healthcare firms. [via]

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Mozilla, the nonprofit behind Firefox, has chosen Bite Communications as U.S. AOR after a competitive review. Work — media relations, content creation, and more — starts June 1, led by SVP Bill Danon. [via]

The Susan Magrino Agency has added three new clients: New York furniture company Castro Convertibles, which is launching a new convertible ottoman; loungewear brand Sophia Graydon, which is launching its first collection in August; and Elad Yifrach and his home decor brand L’OBJET (sample at left).

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Calysto Communications is offering free PR services to 15 companies attending the International CTIA Wireless 2012 conference in New Orleans. The complimentary consultations will take place on May 7 and 8, with each session lasting 45 minutes. “Advise-A-Palooza” will take place in a limo located outside of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Coincidentally, that’s also where we normally have meetings. Anyone wanting to participate should request a questionnaire at adviseapalooza@calysto.com; the deadline is this Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. Advisors include Laura Borgstede, CEO of the firm, and Kristine Bennett, director of client services. Zeno Group offered complimentary consultations during SXSW last month.

Telefónica Digital, a unit of the Spanish telecom company Telefónica, has chosen Access Communications and Bite Communications after a competitive review. Bite will head things up on the global level and Access will handle North American PR with special attention on Silicon Valley where the company has its venture capital and global partnership groups. [via]

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Lithium Technologies has chosen Bite Communications as its AOR focused on the U.S. and Europe. The firm was selected after a competitive pitch. Work will raise awareness of the company and the value of social customer service software. Work will be lead by Bill Danon in San Francisco and Sophie Brown in London.

Arik Air, the large West African airline, has chosen C. Moore Media International Public Relations (CMM) as its AOR. CMM was founded by former Hill + Knowlton Strategies exec Claudine Moore (when it was Hill & Knowlton). For Arik Air, the firm will focus on traditional and digital outreach with a special focus on U.S. businesses. Arik Air offers the only nonstop flight between New York and Lagos, Nigeria and provides a gateway to other African cities. The firm has previously worked with Arik Air.

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Nokia Chooses Next Fifteen

After much review and a lot of changes, Nokia has settled on Next Fifteen (The Holmes Report says Bite Communications and Text 100 are among the firms that will be working on the business) for PR work across the U.S., U.K., and Finland where the company is headquartered.

The decision was made after a six-month search that had narrowed the contenders down to three companies in addition to Next Fifteen: Emanate, Fleishman-Hillard, and Cohn & Wolfe. F-H and Cohn & Wolfe (which works with LG Mobile) ran into conflicts.

Ketchum previously handled Nokia’s PR in the U.S. GolinHarris was the previous AOR with Good Relations handling the business in the U.K. [via Holmes Report]

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AMD Chooses Edelman as AOR After Competitive Review

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has chosen Edelman as its AOR after a competitive search that included Weber Shandwick and Next Fifteen firms Text 100 and M Booth, PRWeek reports. Next Fifteen firm Bite Communications was the incumbent, but was not involved in the review. The company also previously worked with Ketchum, but ended that relationship within six months of choosing the firm (along with Bite) back in 2008.

According to The Holmes Report, Edelman has handled AMD’s business in Asia-Pacific since last year, and both Bite and Text 100 will work with the tech company in Europe.

AMD’s CEO Dirk Meyer recently left the company and the company has introduced new products. The account is budgeted between $5 million and $8 million.

Roll Call: Bolger Moves to B-M; Wadler Joins Zeno Group; and more

David Bolger has joined Burson-Marsteller as MD of the firm’s U.S. public affairs practice. Bolger will be based in Washington D.C. and reporting to U.S. public affairs practice chair Mike Lake. Previously, Bolger was president of Executive Briefing, a consulting firm specializing in strategic comms, crisis management, media relations, and public policy communications counsel for U.S. and E.U. organizations.

Ame Wadler has joined Zeno Group as MD of health, strategic planning based in the New York office. She will focus on expanding the firm’s health practice, which has a list of clients including AstraZeneca and Symbicort. Previously, she was EVP and chief management officer at MWW Group. Read more

Herman to Lead Bite Communications in North America

michelle-herman-300x300.jpg Bite Communications has appointed Michelle Herman to the general manager, North America position, effective September 13. Herman will be based in San Francisco and oversee additional offices in New York and Toronto.

Herman is replacing Tom Galvin, who also served as a partner with Bite’s sister firm 463 Communications. He held both positions for seven months; he will now focus on his work with 463.

Previously, Herman was SVP and global technology director at Waggener Edstrom. She has also held positions at SparkPR and the Hoffman Agency.

Bite Communications Completes Acquisition of Upstream Asia

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Next Fifteen subsidiary Bite Communications has finalized its acquisition of Upstream Asia, a marketing communications agency with a concentration in Asia-Pacific.

Upstream Asia’s management team will remain in place, with David Ketchum, president, Asia Pacific, joining the Bite Communications Group board and executive vice president Paul Mottram running operations in the region.

Bite will merge their Beijing office with Upstream’s and will add Upstream offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. Bite also gains Upstream clients including Skype and Qantas.