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Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton’

Kris Balderston Moves from State Department to Fleishman-Hillard

Fleishman Hillard In another sign of the very close proximity of PR to politics, international communications firm Fleishman-Hillard just announced the appointment of State Department official Kris Balderston to the role of senior partner and general manager of the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

Balderston most recently worked within the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; during his time there, he “conceptualized and led” the Global Partnership Initiative, a program designed to “strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world” and address international humanitarian challenges by pairing government organizations with private businesses and non-profit groups.

Balderston has held a number of roles in government over the past 30+ years; he worked as deputy secretary to the cabinet and deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and served as legislative director and deputy chief of staff for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The firm’s release did not elaborate on the specifics of Balderston’s new role beyond president and senior partner Martha Boudreau’s assertion that his experience leaves him “uniquely able to help lead our global public affairs practice in a time of globalization, great change and innovation.”

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The Cold War is Back, With Help from Social Media

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The Cold War is back on bitches! First we have ballet dancers acting as double agents. Now, we have allegations from frequently shirtless Russian PM Vladimir Putin that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged this week’s post-election protests in Moscow.

Russians voted on Sunday, with Putin’s party, United Russia, showing a loss of support and facing accusations of fraud. Even former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has called for a new election. Thousands took to the streets in protest. Shouts of “Putin is a thief” and “Russia without Putin” could be heard.

Secretary Clinton’s comments expressing concern over manipulation of election results were in line with what election monitors had already reported. “And we are supportive of the rights and aspirations of the Russian people to be able to make progress and to realize a better future for themselves, and we hope to see that unfold in the years ahead,” she said.

“She set the tone for some activists in our country and gave them a signal,” Putin responded. He also expressed concern over “interference” from foreign governments. Add to that the breakdown of relations between the two governments over a variety of foreign policy issues and the fears in the Russian government about the influence of the Arab Spring.

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Technology Companies Address Human Rights Issues

Last week, we attended the Council of PR Firms’ Critical Issues Forum where former press secretary Robert Gibbs delivered the keynote focused on social media and the communications industry. Along the same lines, current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (who we send our condolences to this morning as she mourns the loss of her mother) spoke last week on the West Coast at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference. In the video above, she addresses the connection between technology and human rights.

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Roll Call: Microsoft’s Marketing Head Stepping Down

Microsoft’s global head of marketing Mich Mathews has announced her retirement after more than 20 years with the company Ad Age reports. She oversees consumer brands including Windows and Xbox, and its $1 billion marketing budget. She began working with Microsoft in 1989 and, by 1993, became head of the company’s corporate PR function. She became an officer with the company in 1999. She is helping with the search for a replacement.

John Blyth has been selected as president of Fleishman-Hillard Canada, a region containing 10 offices and High Road Communications, a tech and digital lifestyle firm that’s part of the F-H portfolio. Blyth joined the firm in 2010 and has spent much of his 30-year career at McDonald’s where he served as VP of corporate comms.

Annalise Coady has also been named president of High Road Communications following the resignations of Mia Pearson and Justin Creally, who are starting a new company. Coady joined the firm in 2004 and has worked in offices around the world, serving as MD of the firm’s Middle East office in 201o. She’s also co-chair of the firm’s tech practice.

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Al Jazeera Tracking Tweets from Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain with Twitter Dashboard

Al Jazeera has introduced a Twitter dashboard to chart the news and tweets about the revolts in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Bahrain. Mashable says the news organization is a little late to this game, but more importantly, it’s one more way that Al Jazeera is taking the lead in covering these uprisings.

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Howard Wolfson, The Bloomberg Campaign’s “High-Profile Attack Dog”

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Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York City mayor tonight, defeating Democratic challenger Bill Thompson in a race that was much closer than his last campaign against Fernando Ferrer. This despite Bloomberg being predicted to spend almost $100 million on his campaign, which is already, “the most expensive self-financed campaign in United States history,” according to NY1.

The New York Times reports that when first planning Bloomberg’s re-election, his top guru Kevin Sheekey, “urged him to quickly send a warning to potential challengers. He suggested recruiting a high-profile attack dog for the campaign and disclosing it to the press. The choice was obvious: Howard Wolfson, the combative former communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presidential run.”

Indeed Wolfson had a busy day in the press, forcing updates to Daily News stories at 7pm and appearing on NY1, in addition to his multitude of other duties running PR for the mayor’s campaign. Wolfson made waves last July when he joined Fox News as a contributor. He also had somewhat of a fallout with Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn in the wake of the aforementioned Clinton presidential campaign. Can Wolfson count Bloomberg squeaking buy as a win? No doubt he’ll try.

Clinton Campaign Still Owes Mark Penn’s Firm $1M

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is almost finished paying off debts from her 2008 presidential campaign. Who is the last vendor to get paid? Penn Schoen & Berland, the polling firm run by Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn.

The campaign’s debt is currently at $995,500, all of which is owed to Penn Schoen & Berland.