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Roll Call: H&K, the CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, CAA, and More

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Hill & Knowlton has a new Northwestern GM with the appointment of Christiaan Brown. He comes from Porter Novelli where he managed the HP consumer, SMB and enterprise product launches. He has 12 years of experience working with Northwestern brands. Brown will report to Dan Bartlett, U.S. president and CEO of the firm.

Roy Perez, president and CEO of RMP Strategies in Sacramento has been elected chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. He’s been vice chairman since 2007 and will serve a two-year term in the new position. The Chamber represents 700,000 businesses owned by Latinos in the state. [via Sacramento Bee]

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Roll Call: Porter Novelli, U of Miami, Makovsky & Co, and More

Darlàn Monterisi has joined Porter Novelli as EVP, handling the global HP account as client relations leader. She was previously global PR director for Rockstar Games working with games like Grand Theft Auto IV.

Gregory Shepherd has been appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Communication, effective July 1. He joins from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, where he was dean from 2006 and a member of the faculty since 2001.

Ogilvy PR has two new execs: Ann Hemingway joins as SVP of the New York healthcare team and Bob Blount has been named SVP of the 360° Digital Influence group, also with a healthcare focus. Hemingway was previously EVP and director of account management excellence at Euro RSCG Worldwide PR. Blount was formerly director of social analytics and insights at WCG.

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Wilkins Named H&K U.S. Tech Director

Hadley Wilkins, an SVP in Hill & Knowlton’s San Francisco office, has been named U.S. technology practice director, reporting to Dan Bartlett, H&K U.S. president and CEO, and Joshua Reynolds, global tech practice director. She will also take a place on the U.S. Strategy Council.

Over the past three years, Wilkins has worked with clients including LinkedIn, SanDisk, and Adobe Omniture. She has  previously worked with Fleishman-Hillard, Citigate Cunningham, and Landor Associates.

Q&A with H&K’s Bartlett: The Public is ‘Willing to Listen to the Private Sector Again’

In part two of our Q&A with Hill & Knowlton/Public Strategies head Dan Bartlett, we focus on politics and public affairs.

Bartlett, who was known for being very close with former President George W. Bush from his days in Texas politics, was an aide to the President for more than 10 years until he announced his resignation in June 2007. Later that year, he joined Public Strategies and now sits in charge.

After the jump, we talk about the impact his political history is having on the present, and what he thinks the future holds for the 2012 election.

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Q&A With H&K’s Dan Bartlett: Trust is Important to a ‘Successful Growth Engine’

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There have been a series of leadership changes ever since the November announcement that Public Strategies and Hill & Knowlton would merge at the beginning of this year. Among those changes was Dan Bartlett‘s move into the role of president and CEO of H&K USA.

Yesterday afternoon, we sat down at the H&K offices here in New York to speak with the former White House counselor to President George W. Bush about politics and his current PR life. After the jump is part one of that Q&A, focused on what it’s like in his role, how the firm is dealing with the change, and H&K’s prospects for the future.

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H&K CEO Taaffe Stepping Down

Paul Taaffe, Hill & Knowlton’s chairman and CEO, is stepping down from his post. Taaffe has been with the firm 18 years and has served as CEO and chair since 2002, PRWeek reports.

It was announced in November that Hill & Knowlton and Public Strategies would merge. That merge took effect on January 1. Jack Martin, founder and chairman of Public Strategies, became global executive chairman of H&K. Martin is now also global CEO.

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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.

RELATED: What if Only PR Pros From Massey Energy Were ‘Reporting’ On the W.V. Mining Disaster?

Goldman Sachs Hires PR Firm Public Strategies

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At one point in time, it seemed as if every PR firm was jockeying to score what could be the biggest financial services account in all of the land: Goldman Sachs.

Today we learn that at least one firm is benefiting from Goldman’s image troubles. WPP-owned Public Stategies — led by Dan Bartlett, former counselor to President George W. Bush — has been hired by the firm, reports the New York Post.

The news likely could have leaked because Public Strategies issued a survey to Goldman clients and analysts who cover the company, asking them what they think of the firm.

The Post reports Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein [pictured] is upset that the company’s well-compensated PR head, Lucas Van Praag, has been the center of criticism as of late.

Moves such as lowering employee bonuses this year and donating $500 million to U.S. small business have done nothing to improve the firm’s reputation.

Goldman’s website lists a number of agencies for global PR support — including Manning, Selvage & Lee and Ogilvy PR — however, no outside firms for North America are listed.

Public Strategies was unavailable for comment as of the time of this post.

RELATED: Richard Wolffe Leaving Public Strategies To Write Obama Book

Former Newsweek Correspondent Turned PR Exec Richard Wolffe Returns to Countdown With Keith Olbermann

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Richard Wolffe, the former Newsweek White House Correspondent turned PR executive appeared on Countdown With Keith Olbermann last night.

Wolffe appeared on the program to speak about Sarah Palin‘s new book. In the interview, Olbermann asked Wolffe, “Do we expect a book tour, and if there is a book tour, wouldn’t she have to agree to a few non-cooked interviews to promote her book?” Wolffe responded, “There is that danger. I suspect that the real risk of a book tour, having done one myself is that they’re grueling, exhausting and Sarah Palin may just find that best way she can do a book tour and support the troops is to stay at home.”

In early August, MSNBC addressed concerns pertaining to Wolffe still appearing as a guest and fill in host for the show, months after he had joined Public Strategies, Inc., a corporate communications firm run by former Bush White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett. MSNBC had not originally disclosed Wolffe’s new job on air, which drew ire from the media, beginning with Salon’s Glenn Greenwald. On August 4th, Olbermann wrote on his Daily Kos blog: “I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us.”

An MSNBC spokesperson told TVNewser yesterday, “NBC News management has had extensive conversations with Richard and has fully reviewed both his work on our air and for Public Strategies. Based on this review, Richard will continue to be a valued contributor to ‘Countdown’ and MSNBC.”