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RIP Cohn & Wolfe Co-Founder Norman Wolfe

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Cohn (L) and Wolfe in 1995

Today brings news that Norman Wolfe, who in 1970 co-founded Cohn & Wolfe with fellow newspaper veteran Bob Cohn in Atlanta, has passed.

Wolfe, whose journalism career peaked with a position as Executive Editor of the Orlando Sentinel, started the firm with Cohn in order to act on his passion for public affairs; he ran crisis comms at C&H before his retirement in 1992 but continued to counsel various clients after that date.

A statement from current CEO Donna Imperato after the jump.

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Cohn & Wolfe Acquiring impactasia

WPP‘s Cohn & Wolfe is acquiring impactasia, a firm with expertise in healthcare, travel and tourism, art and design, and other areas. The new firm will be called Cohn & Wolfe-impactasia and it will have 80 employees, tripling the size of C&W’s presence in Asia, according to the announcement’s press release.

Susan Field and Sarah Woodhouse, founders of impactasia, will lead the newly formed firm, hanging on to their titles CEO and MD, respectively. Lydia Shen, MD of Cohn & Wolfe China and Fiona Ng, MD of impactasia, will be MDs of the new firm. All will report to C&W CEO Donna Imperato.

The deal doesn’t include impactasia’s Singapore office, which was bought out by firm partners Amy Wright and Kate O’Shea, according to The Holmes Report.

Council of PR Firms Announces the 2012 Board

Speaking of the Council of PR Firms, they’ve announced the 2012 board of directors for the organization. Weber Shandwick president Andy Polansky will serve another year as the chairman of the Council. Also re-elected are Porter Novelli’s Gary Stockman as chair-elect, Airfoil’s Janet Tyler as treasurer, and Laura Tomasetti from 360 Public Relations as secretary.

A number of CEOs and principals will also be joining them as directors: Christine Barney, rbb Public Relations; Amy Binder, RF Binder; Dave Senay, Fleishman-Hillard; Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide; Sharon Linhart, Linhart Public Relations; Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications; Jennifer Prose, CJP Communications; Donna Imperato, Cohn & Wolfe; and Margery Kraus , APCO Worldwide.

Congrats to everyone!

Leonard Named President of AxiCom U.S.

Anna Cahill Leonard has been named president of AxiCom U.S., a newly created role that will report to Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato. Leonard will also be working closely with AxiCom Europe CEO and principal Julian Tanner and with certain key clients. Besides serving as the tech specialist network for Cohn & Wolfe, AxiCom is also part of WPP.

Leonard was previously COO and EVP of Blanc & Otis where she handled new business, managed the San Francisco Bay area operations, and managed client work including Cisco and Facebook. She has a career spanning 25 years.

AxiCom clients include Dell, Red Hat, and ZTE.

Cohn & Wolfe Hires Mike Kan to Lead Global Healthcare

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Beginning March 1st, Mike Kan will head Cohn & Wolfe’s global healthcare practice. Kan was previously head of Edelman’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) healthcare practice, which he grew to 60 people over his four years as managing director. C&W’s healthcare group is considerably bigger at 300 people worldwide. Kan left his last sometime in September of last year, two months after Edelman began “redundancy talks” two months prior.

Kan moves into Linda Dyson‘s role, who moves to leader of the firm’s healthcare public affairs practice. Both report directly Donna Imperato, CEO of the WPP-owned agency (Nasdaq: WPPGY).

Enfatico PR Folds Into Cohn & Wolfe’s Axicom

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Enfatico, the massive full service agency assembled by holding company WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY) to handle all marketing and communications for Dell, announced the PR division of the company will merge with fellow WPP agency Axicom, a subsidiary of Cohn & Wolfe.

Axicom will serve as global PR agency of record for Dell, in addition to Real Networks, McAfee and Cisco Consumer Products. The agency now counts more than 100 employees. Kelly McGinnis will serve as President, U.S., AxiCom. McGinnis previously led the Dell PR business as Chief Communications Officer of Enfatico for the previous two years. She will report to Donna Imperato, CEO of Cohn & Wolfe Group.

Some will see this as another major blow to Enfatico, which launched with much fanfare, only to be continually scaled back. Last April, Enfatico as a whole was folded into WPP’s Young and Rubicam. “Enfatico will be the poster child for how one firm just can’t do it all,” said Communispace CEO Diane Hessan in a comment on an industry blog.

As one source close to the matter told PRNewser, Enfatico “put the cart before the horse.”

In related news – although not directly tied to this announcement, Matthew Hutchinson, head of PR for Enfatico, left the company in November for an internal post with Qualcomm.

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Chad Latz Jumps From Ketchum To Cohn & Wolfe To Lead Digital

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Chad Latz joined Cohn & Wolfe as President, Global Digital Practice, the agency announced today. He will report directly to CEO Donna Imperato.

Latz joins Cohn & Wolfe from Ketchum where he “helped lead the integration and establishment of Ketchum Digital,” the agency said in a statement. He has worked with clients including FedEx, Kodak, Levi’s, Clorox, Geek Squad/Best Buy, Nokia, PepsiCo, Monster Worldwide, 7-Eleven and Cox Communications.

A Cohn & Wolfe spokesperson tells PRNewser Latz is replacing Paul Walker. Walker is still providing some counsel to C&W clients. He stepped down to pursue an opportunity at the University of Texas earlier this year. He had also previously taught there.

APCO CEO Margery Kraus Named 2010 Chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms

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The Council of PR Firms announced this morning that APCO CEO Margery Kraus will serve as 2010 Chair of the industry trade group, following Ketchum CEO Ray Kotcher‘s run. The release was issued at the same time the Council meets for its annual high-end Critical Issues Forum.

The PR Council lists exactly a hundred member firms on its website ranging from boutiques with under ten employees to megafirms like Ogilvy, Porter Novelli and Weber Shandwick.

The executive officers joining Kraus are Andy Polansky (Weber Shandwick) as Chair-Elect, Jens Bang (Cone) as Treasurer, Otis Wragg (Wragg & Casas Public Relations) as secretary, and Kotcher as immediate past chair.

The Council also elected new board members Christine Barney (rbb Public Relations), Donna Imperato (Cohn & Wolfe), Jennifer Prosek (CJP Communications), Dave Senay (Fleishman-Hillard), Laura Tomasetti (360 Public Relations) and Melissa Waggener Zorkin (Waggener Edstrom Worldwide).

Cohn & Wolfe Names John Hollywood EVP and U.S. Conumer Practice Leader

Former Porter Novelli Consumer Marketing Senior VP John Hollywood has joined Cohn & Wolfe as Executive Vice President and U.S. Consumer Practice Leader.

Hollywood spent 12 years at Porter Novelli, where he led the Timberland and Mercedes-Benz accounts. He will report directly to Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato.