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Posts Tagged ‘Gary Stockman’

Roll Call: Porter Novelli’s Stockman, Emanate, and GYMR

Word is that Gary Stockman is set to resign from his post as CEO of Porter Novelli. Chief strategy officer Michael Ramah will become acting CEO as of July 31.  The firm lost its long-time Gillette account during the latter part of 2011 and a number of execs have left the firm, including CMO Michael Goldberg who decamped for Deutsch after just a few months on the job. [via, via]

Emanate has hired three execs. Scott Cocchiere joins as director of creative relevance, working on campaigns across the firm’s roster. He was previously a director at Marketing Drive, working on the Dannon Yogurt client. Barrett Tripp and Joe DeSalazar get the less creative title of VP. Tripp, a producer whose work has shown at the Sundance Film Festival, will work with corporate video. And DeSalazar was previously a VP at Digitas working with the American Express OPEN client. He’ll be focused on digital at Emanate.

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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!

PN Adds Former Homeland Security Comms Leader, Cuts Other Execs

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Sean Smith, the former assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, has joined Porter Novelli as SVP with the global crisis communications group.

At the DHS, Smith had a team of 300. The public affairs staff managed comms for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and other DHS divisions. He handled outreach for the Gulf oil spill, the H1N1 outbreak, and other crises. Prior to that, he served as a spokesperson for Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.

At PN, he’ll report to Kiki McLean, global public affairs head and work in both the New York and D.C. offices.

On the flip side, PN CEO Gary Stockman told PRWeek that the firm laid off executives in the New York and Chicago offices in recent weeks. Among those cut were John Havens, EVP of social media, and Peter Pitts, a partner with the firm and previously its head of global healthcare.

Porter Novelli Acquires Voce

Porter Novelli announced today that it acquired Silicon Valley agency Voce Communications.

Voce was founded in 1999 by Richard Cline, David Black and Matthew Podboy. Cline, Voce’s president, will become global tech practice lead for PN and a member of the firm’s executive committee, reporting to PN CEO Gary Stockman.

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Everything You Own Needs to be Returned

Each day it seems we’re assailed with more recall notices. Just in the past week, those with metal hips from Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics found out they have to send them back. Toyota had another recall, this time involving 1.1 million of its 2005 through 2008 Matrix and Corolla models. And before you return your car, return the GPS because Garmin recalled over one million of its nuvi devices.

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asked a few PR professionals about the impact that all of these recall announcements will have on consumers. “The transparency driven by social media is prompting companies to make different decisions about what they do around quality issues than they would have in the past,” said Gary Stockman, CEO of Porter Novelli.

Still, Stockman acknowledges that all of the recalls can have a desensitizing effect. (H&K‘s U.S. director of risk management and crisis communication Chris Gidez also talks about “recall fatigue” in the story.) The magazine conducted a poll of 100 of its readers and found that 24 percent don’t care about the recall messages. Widespread disregard for a recall could have serious consequences for a company as well. Will we see changes in the ways companies make recall announcements because they’ve become so common?

Which Agency Has The Most “Social” CEO?

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All of the major PR agencies continue to move aggressively in regards to social media offerings for their clients. But how active are agency CEOs in social media?

PRNewser decided to take a look at major agency CEOs to see just how “social” they are. We’re not saying these CEO’s have to “walk the walk,” but we were a bit curious to see who is active, and where.

After the jump, our social media audit on 12 agency CEOs. The results may surprise you.

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BusinessWeek’s CEOs Who Twitter (PR Included)

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[Porter Novelli CEO Gary Stockman Tweeting (we think) away. Image courtesy BusinessWeek]

BusinessWeek posted a list of 50 CEOs who Twitter today. As one may suspect, many of them come from “hip” little tech companies like Seesmic, Digg and Brightcove.

However, a few PR CEOs also made the list. Porter Novelli CEO Gary Stockman is included, despite having only 160 followers and 37 total updates. Stockman says Twitter allows PN to do “incredible things for our clients, including rapid-response consumer research, direct dialogue with stakeholders, and real-time dissemination of information, which can be especially useful in a crisis.”

PerkettPR President Christine Perkett said her favorite Twitter follow is Ann Handley of MarketingProfs and that she uses the service partially because: “We’ve had the advantage of receiving ‘first mover information’ -benefiting both our agency and our clients-by connecting with reporters who often tweet about what their stories are going to be before anyone else knows about them…”