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Roll Call: Ketchum, Waggener Edstrom, Worldcom, and More

Ketchum has four new execs in its public affairs practice. Katie Conover joins as SVP. She was previously with Ogilvy PR for six years, where she last served as SVP in its public affairs practice. Joe Wagner joins as VP and group manager from GMMB where he focused on healthcare and public education. He was with the firm for seven years. Brian Hart is VP, group manager and senior strategist, going to Ketchum after serving as deputy chief of staff to former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and comms director to former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). And Matthew Simmons joins as VP and account supervisor from Potomac Communications Group where he was a program manager handling daily account management.

Waggener Edstrom has hired Cheri Winterberg as VP of the firm’s technology practice and GM of its Austin office. Among her duties, she will oversee accounts handled out of the Austin office, including 3M and Toshiba Storage. She previously worked at her own firm, Winterberg PR.

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Worldcom Execs Discuss The Network Benefits

“…If at any moment in time you feel that Spain becomes attractive, you can say to the lead agency, ‘Can you call your guys in Spain?” says Worldcom EMEA chair Corinna Voss.

As posted this morning on Twitter (if you’re not following us, @PRNewser), I had the chance to meet one-on-one this morning with three visiting execs from the Worldcom Public Relations Group‘s EMEA arm: Imma Folch, Worldcom EMEA marketing chair and CEO of Barcelona-based LF Channel S.L.; Patrik Schober, the network’s member recruitment chair and managing partner at Prague-based PRAM Consulting; and Voss, who is also an MD at HBI Helga Bailey GmbH, based in Munich, Germany.

Worldcom is a network of independent firms with more than 100 offices that span around the world. Voss, Folch, and Schober represent a diverse region that encompasses dozens of languages, cultures, and hundreds of millions of people. (The other two Worldcom regions are Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.) And the number keeps rising. Last year, a firm in Istanbul was added to the mix, and soon a South African firm will be joining.

Many PR firms operate globally, whether it’s a firm that opens up an office overseas, an agency that partners with or takes a stake in a firm based in a geographic location of interest, or a network like Worldcom where each firm is independent. The visiting Worldcom execs discussed why the network path they’ve laid out is best.

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