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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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Massey Energy Hires Public Strategies In Wake of Mine Tragedy

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WPP-owned Public Strategies has been hired by Massey Energy Co. following an incident in which 29 miners died at one of the company’s coal mines in West Virginia earlier this month.

Public Strategies is staffed by political heavyweights including former George W. Bush staffers Dan Bartlett and Mark McKinnon, as well as Jeff Eller, a former White House aide to then-President Bill Clinton.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news and has some background on the connections between the two companies:

Public Strategies also has ties to Massey’s lead outside director, retired Navy Admiral Bobby Inman, a longtime professor at the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, which is supported by the LBJ Foundation; Public Strategies’ chairman Jack Martin – a longtime Democratic Party hand – is a foundation board member, and McKinnon is a lecturer at the LBJ School.

Goldman Sachs is also working with Public Strategies. Newsweek correspondent and MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe briefly worked for the firm this past fall.

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