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Former Bush Administration Official to Lead Corporate Comms for Alibaba

Jim_wilkinson_OurLeadershipYou’ve heard a bit of noise about Alibaba recently, no? The Chinese search/e-commerce giant that is, from what we can tell, a mashup of Amazon, Google and eBay. It’s basically the biggest name in Chinese tech, and it’s about to go public in what should be one of Wall Street’s biggest deals in recent years.

Today the company announced a shrewd move: it has hired James R. Wilkinson, a former senior Treasury Department official with the George W. Bush administration, as its “head of international corporate affairs.”

He served advisory/chief of staff roles in the offices of both Treasury head Henry Paulson and secretary of state Condoleeza Rice.

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Brunswick, Sard Verbinnen Among Those Atop Mergermarket League Table

In terms of value, Brunswick Group topped the latest mergermarket League Table for PR advisors working on global M&A projects with deals worth $122.6 billion for the first half of the year. That’s an increase of more than 26 percent over last year. In terms of volume, the top spot goes to FTI Consulting with 97 deals.

However, the overall M&A market was a sluggish one, with global M&A down more than 18 percent to $968.5 billion for the first half of the year. It was the lowest half year total in the U.S. since 2003.

In the U.S., Sard Verbinnen & Co. took the top spot for value; it worked on deals worth nearly $79 billion. For volume, Kekst & Company was the most active with 62 deals. In Europe, RLM Finsbury worked on deals valued at $95.6 billion, taking the top spot. That firm worked on the biggest deal of the first half — Glencore International and Xstrata — worth about $53.5 billion.

For more on the latest mergermarket League Table, click here.

Brunswick Group Restructures, Opens a Brazilian Office

Brunswick Group has restructured its leadership in order to make chairman Alan Parker more available for external and client-facing work. Susan Gilchrist (left) has been promoted to a new position, group chief executive, based in New York. Rob Pinker has been promoted to the new position of COO based in London and Johannesburg. Both execs have been with the firm since 1995. Gilchrist was previously head of U.S. operations, a position she took in 2010 after relocating from London. Pinker was managing partner for the Middle East and Africa.

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RLM Finsbury, Brunswick Group Top League Tables

RLM Finsbury tops the list of M&A firms by value for the first quarter of 2012. The latest PR league tables, provided by mergermarket, show the firm handled 25 deals worth $89.9 billion during Q1. Tied for second place are Aura Financial and Stockwell Communications, which each had only one whopper of a deal valued at $53.5 billion. Both of these firms and RLM Finsbury worked on the Glencore International/Xstrata deal.

Topping the list of firms based on volume is Brunswick Group with 41 deals valued at about $38.8 billion. In at number two is FTI Consulting with 33 deals valued at about $5.2 billion.

Speaking of FTI Consulting, that firm released research showing that having a succession plan in place reduces the risk to stock price that a CEO departure can have.

“The study found that investors care a great deal about the reputation of a CEO when they’re deciding whether to buy or sell shares. On average, nearly a third of investment decisions are based on the perception of the CEO,” Forbes writes.

Roll Call: Brunswick Group, Lucky Brand, and More

Brunswick Group has two new senior execs. Robert Moran joins as a partner in the Washington D.C. office building the firm’s research and insights group here in the Americas. He’ll be working with Graeme Trayner and Phil Riggins, partners in London. Moran was previously the president of U.S. operations at Edelman’s StrategyOne research group. Brunswick has also added Samantha Lewis as a partner in the New York office. She was previously the chair of the U.S. brand marketing practice at Burson-Marsteller and the interim CEO of PivotRed, B-M’s brand and reputation consultancy.

GolinHarris has added three members to its digital staff. Brian Snyder (left) joins as a digital director based in Chicago. He comes to GH from Whirlpool where he was head of direct sales and e-commerce in the consumer packaged goods area. Ian Campbell joins GH’s connector community as executive director based in NYC. He was previously the director of creative at the National Football League. And Mark Bonham joins as a member of the strategist community in San Francisco. He was previously the MD of InterneXperts, a Web marketing company.

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Golden Goose Day-Trader Receives Slap On the Wrist

Matthew Devlin, the former Lehman Brothers broker busted for sharing inside information gleaned from his PR pro wife Nina, was sentenced to three years probation by U.S. District Judge William Pauley.  Pauley described Devlin’s relatively small-time exploits as “tragic and senseless.”

To bring us way back to December 2008, Devlin and his band of misfit client-friends made trades based on intelligence he picked up from his wife, then a Brunswick Group exec, referred to as the “golden goose.”  She was never implicated, and landed at Edelman five months later.

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Roll Call: The Door, Ogilvy PR, NYU, and More

Karen Wiessen has joined New York PR firm The Door, working in the music and entertainment group. Wiessen is the former publicist for Island Def Jam. Alicia Keys and Sean Kingston are among The Door’s clients. [via Hollywood Reporter]

Samantha Allen is stepping down from her role as MD of Ogilvy PR‘s global consumer marketing group. Allen has been with the firm for nine years and told PRWeek that she’s looking for “a more entrepreneurial path.” She has worked with clients including Guinness and the London Olympic Games.

Syd Steinhardt has been named PR director for the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He was previously associate director of comms for Fordham University.

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Tools Round Up: Cision, PitchEngine, Klout, Bing, and More

Cision has partnered with PitchEngine, bringing together PitchEngine’s social publishing services with Cision’s PR and marketing software. Cision is also investing in PitchEngine, taking a minority stake in the company. Both Cision and PitchEngine have recently introduced new services. Moreover, Cision’s U.S. lead Peter Granat recently told us that the company has completed a lengthy digital strategy transition. The release and announcement video are available here.

CrowdGather, a network of forums and subject-specific message boards, has acquired Yuku.com, a company that manages these forums and boards. According to CrowdGather, the acquisition will increase the company’s monthly traffic 50 percent to 235 million.

Klout announced this week that 100 million people have Klout scores. Twitter has also hit the 100 million mark, and offers a breakdown of its users. But unlike so many others in the tech arena these days, the company insists it doesn’t want to go public.

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PEHub Writer Says Brunswick Called To Discuss Her Groupon ‘Nastigram’

According to a post on PEHub (the “PE” stands for private equity), the site published a story reporting on analyst criticism about Groupon’s pre-IPO financials. After the post went up, the writer, Connie Loizos, says she was contacted by Brunswick Group‘s Michael Buckley, which is working with the daily deals company. Loizos writes that he called her post “silly” and “inaccurate” and then referred her to the leaked Andrew Mason memo for further evidence of how well the company is doing.

Finally, Loizos writes, Buckley asked her to give him a call before she published “another nastigram” about their client. This conversation sounds so pleasant, I don’t know why she wouldn’t.

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Brunswick Jumps In The Autonomy/HP Deal

Photo: Tim Ireland, PA

Autonomy, the tech company that is now in the process of being acquired by HP, has hired Brunswick Group to help with the deal. The company already worked with FD on financial communications matters. Richard Jacques, a Brunswick partner, and Chris Blundell, a director at the firm, are handling the work.

Shares of the company’s stock leaped 75 percent with the announcement of the proposed deal.

Total aside, we’re sitting near a TV and just heard the Lea Michele TouchPad ad playing in the back. *Sigh*

[via PRWeek UK]

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