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Roll Call: Dowd Joins Golin, Porsche Has a New PR GM, and More

Jim Dowd has joined GolinHarris as SVP of national media relations, reporting to New York MD Jennifer Cohan. He was previously a principal and MD of Middleberg Communications. Middleberg acquired Dowd’s firm, The Dowd Agency, in 2009.

Porsche Cars North America has appointed Steve Janisse as its PR GM, effective February 1. He will oversee media relations and PR, including product placements, internal comms and social media. Bernd Harling, the organization’s previous PR GM, will become principal communications counsel, a new position focused on raising awareness among key stakeholders in the company’s major markets. The press release announcing the changes includes a list of the company’s PR contacts.

Tracy McGraw has been named SVP of corporate communications at BET. She will be responsible for PR efforts and strategies behind the network’s series, specials. and  events. Prior to BET, McGraw was at VH1.

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Burson-Marsteller Names Christine Gerstle Managing Director of US Healthcare Practice

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Christine Gerstle joins Burson-Marsteller from Porter Novelli, where she was senior vice president and led the Amgen/Wyeth — now a part of Pfizer — account.

As Managing Director of Burson’s US Healthcare Practice, Gerstle will report to Helene Ellison, who two weeks ago was named Burson’s Global Healthcare Chair.

Ellison replaced Gail Cohen, who joined Weisscom.