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Former Agency Head Paul Taaffe Joins Groupon

Paul Taaffe, who served as chairman and CEO of the pre-rebrand Hill & Knowlton, has joined Groupon to head up the company’s PR function. Or improve it, if you ask Bloomberg.

Taaffe stepped down from H+K in January 2011. He had been with the firm for 18 years and had served as the agency head since 2002.

He steps into a role that had been filled by Brad Williams, who made an appearance in today’s Roll Call column for his new role at Weber Shandwick. Williams left Groupon in August 2011 after only a few months.

As Bloomberg points out (and we noted), Groupon has gotten into some PR trouble over the past year. The company presented its first earnings report today since going public. The stock price dropped 14 percent after.

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Roll Call: Walmart Exec Joins H+K, Groupon Exec Joins Weber, and More

George Shelton has been named SVP at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading the reputation management and corporate practice starting February 15. Shelton was previously senior director for insights, advocacy, and outreach for Walmart, a role focused on the company’s commercial goals and public policy programs. In this new role, he’ll be based in Austin and focused on CSR, messaging, reputation management, and media outreach.

Brad Williams, previously the global comms VP for Groupon, has joined Weber Shandwick as head of the North American technology practice. He’ll be based in Sunnyvale, CA and report to Heidi Sinclair, president of the global tech group. Williams also has experience working with eBay, Yahoo!, and VeriSign. He stepped down from his post at Groupon in August 2011.

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Former Yahoo VP of Corp. Comm. Brad Williams Joins Verisign

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Yahoo’s former communications head, Brad Williams, will join Verisign, PRWeek‘s Aarti Shah reports. Williams was laid off from Yahoo this past April, after running PR for a few months after then Yahoo PR head Jill Nash left in February of 2009.

Prior to Yahoo, Williams worked at eBay. Current Yahoo CMO Elisa Steele named Eric Brown SVP of Global Communications this past June. The two had previously worked together at NetApp. For those keeping score at home, that’s three different PR heads for Yahoo in the last year.