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Time to Leave Your Agency? PR Vets Discuss the Challenges and Rewards of Going Solo

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We hope you didn’t miss our piece on breaking into fashion PR last week, but we have to confess that we left some of the most interesting parts out.

Beyond the great stories about graduating from crazy internships to working for designers and brands, we saw a trend emerging: two of the three industry veterans we spoke to went from jobs at major firms to running the show as independent consultants—and the third started her own agency.

Laura Hall’s resume reads like a PR “who’s who”: she’s worked for Burson-Marsteller, MSL Group, FleishmannHillard, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Weber Shandwick.

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Roll Call: Ogilvy, Hill+Knowlton and More

Ogilvy Public Relations announced that Jennifer Risi, executive vice president, Ogilvy Media Influence and director, Content Creation, has been promoted to managing director, Ogilvy Media Influence and head of North American Media Relations effective immediately. In her new role, Risi will work closely with all North American office heads to deepen the operational excellence of Ogilvy’s media network and to enhance the resources available to clients at the local and national levels. Risi will continue to lead a specialist group providing high-level global media counsel and strategic direction to some of Ogilvy’s largest national and global clients. She will also collaborate with Ogilvy & Mather’s marketing disciplines to identify and support media, content and business development opportunities. Risi joined Ogilvy PR in 2011, and for the past three years, has built a robust media relations expertise and New York-based team that supports clients across the agency’s diverse practices with a range of services including global media strategy, CEO and executive visibility, nation branding, and issues management. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Tali Mackay, a PR vet currently serving as SVP of the firm’s healthcare practice in L.A., to lead its entire U.S. healthcare practice. Mackay doesn’t just bring more than 20 years of communications experience to the role; she was also a registered nurse and public health nurse who completed undergraduate work at University of California at Berkeley and earned her Master of Science in nursing (administration) from San Francisco State University before beginning her comms career in Genentech’s Regulatory Affairs department and moving on to VP of global comms at Baxter BioScience before joining H+K. She takes the helm from David Bowen, who will now “return his whole focus to the global practice he leads.” (Release)

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Roll Call: Condé Nast Entertainment, Andrew E. Freedman PR, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and More

Condé Nast Entertainment named Whitney Hill, a former Sony Music executive, as senior vice president of business development and strategy. The hire is effective immediately, and in her new roll Hill is charged with developing the entertainment group’s digital content and distribution and expanding the publisher’s original video programming across its stable of 26 magazine brands. Hill was most recently senior vice president, strategic partnerships, global digital business at Sony Music Entertainment, where she led negotiations on content deals and managed key partner relationships for the global digital distribution of the Sony Music repertoire. Prior to Hill’s strategic partnerships role, she was responsible for corporate development and digital strategy at Sony Music. (FishbowlNY)

Steve Belgard has joined Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations as vice president of the firm. Belgard comes to the firm after a 13-year tenure at Starz Entertainment, where he served as senior director of entertainment, working on original programming including “Spartacus,” “Camelot” and “Party Down.” In his v.p. post at AEFPR, Belgard will handle accounts in film, TV, music and publishing. He will be based in the firm’s West Hollywood offices. (Variety)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Global Chairman and CEO Jack Martin promoted from within his company’s ranks to fill leadership positions in Asia. Radhika Shapoorjee, a member of H+K IPAN since 2007, has been promoted to president, South Asia. She had served as president of H+K IPAN since 2008. Sara Gourlay, who joined H+K in 2000, has been promoted to COO of H+K Strategies India. She will be based in New Delhi. She had most recently been serving as the client service director for the region encompassing Africa, India, the Middle East and Turkey. Rachel Chan, a nearly nine-year veteran of H+K, has been promoted to managing director of the Hong Kong office. Previously, she served as general manager of the financial communications practice for Greater China. K.W. Lam, who has been with H+K for the past five years, has been named deputy managing director of Hong Kong. He previously served as the general manager of the financial communications practice in Hong Kong. (Release)

Liz Musch has been named Global CEO of Ipsos ASI. Ms. Musch succeeds Alex Gronberger, who takes on the new role of regional CEO of Ipsos Latin America. She will oversee Ipsos ASI’s global network of 60 offices from the company’s Paris corporate headquarters. As part of her expanded responsibilities, Musch also joins the Ipsos Management Board. Prior to her promotion, Liz was global CEO of the Ipsos Loyalty division, joining Ipsos in January 2009. During her tenure at the helm of Loyalty, the division’s revenues more than doubled. Ipsos Loyalty will be led by Ralf Ganzenmueller, former Ipsos Germany CEO. (Release)

Roll Call: JSH&A PR, Vox Media, Olson, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies

JSH&A Public Relations welcomes Andria Rosell as a senior account supervisor. Rosell is responsible for developing and executing strategic public relations programs on behalf of The Hershey Company and ConAgra Foods. She is also overseeing the agency’s rebranding initiatives and providing new business support. Prior to joining JSH&A, Rosell was head of North American public relations and social media for The Pampered Chef, responsible for establishing and implementing product launch and charitable giving programs. (Release)

Vox Media named Marty Moe chief operating officer and group publisher and Joe Purzycki VP of national sales. Moe had previously been Vox’s chief content officer and was publisher of The Verge and Polygon, which he also co-founded. Purzycki was senior director of East Coast sales and managed account relationships with clients such as MSFT, P&G, BMW, Comcast, Unilever and others. (FishBowlDC)

At Olson, John Partilla has succeeded Kevin DiLorenzo as CEO. Partilla joins Olson from Dentsu Network West (which includes McGarryBowen, Firstborn and 360i), where he spent the last two years as chief operating officer of the Americas, Europe and Australia. Prior to his time at Dentsu, Partilla held senior-level posts at Time Warner and Clear Channel, and spent nearly two decades at Y&R, where he founded and served as CEO of its BrandBuzz unit. (AgencySpy)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced that Tim Luckett has been appointed co-chair of the global crisis communications and risk management practice.

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Roll Call: Edelman, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and More

In 2013 IndoPacific Edelman will celebrate 20 years of strategic communications in Indonesia with a new name and a new vision. Effective February 1st 2013, the firm will rebrand as Edelman Indonesia. As IndoPacific Edelman prepares to rebrand as Edelman Indonesia, the firm has released a video about its heritage in Indonesia. (Release)

Integrated communications agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) announced today that SVP Matthew Lackie will lead the agency’s efforts in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, replacing EVP David Ko. Formerly the deputy lead of APAC, Matthew has steadily increased his responsibilities under David’s guidance, quadrupling the size of WE’s Singapore business, establishing and then expanding its presence in India (including offices in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai), nurturing and growing regional staff, managing key regional and global clients and strengthening the agency’s digital capabilities. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced that Antonio Tamayo has been named president and CEO of its Latin America region, effective immediately. Tamayo, who has served as President of H+K Mexico for 17 years, will report to H+K global chairman Jack Martin. He assumes the role previously held by Dr. Luis de la Calle, a distinguished former official in the highest levels of the Mexican government, who will now serve as senior advisor for H+K Latin America. (Release)

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Roll Call: SHIFT Communications, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Miller PR

SHIFT Communications announced the addition of Christopher Penn as vice president of marketing technologies. Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Social Media and Digital Marketing, Chris will work with SHIFT’s account teams. Prior to joining SHIFT, Chris was the director of inbound marketing at WhatCounts, an email marketing company, as well as co-founder of the groundbreaking PodCamp New Media Community Conference. In addition to his duties at SHIFT, Chris will continue to co-host the “Marketing Over Coffee” podcast. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced that John Morgan has been named president and CEO of its Asia region. Morgan, who has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of H+K Asia for the last ten months, will report to H+K Global Chairman Jack Martin. Morgan assumes the role previously held by James Heimowitz, who stepped down to pursue other opportunities. John previously served as the firm’s chief operating officer, responsible for managing its culturally-diverse operations across Asia Pacific, as well as a dual role as managing director for the Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies, he served as regional managing director for the greater china region for an international public relations agency. (Release)

Miller PR announced two key executive promotions and a continued expansion of the agency with a new senior hire and new offices. Industry veteran Jennie Kong was promoted to senior vice President following her leadership in the expansion of the company’s Digital Entertainment division over the past two years, while Mark Lindsey was promoted to account supervisor in Technology after successfully leading key technology brand campaigns in 2012.  (Full Story)

Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, i.d.e.a., and HFS Consultants

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced the appointment of Mylene Mangalindan as senior vice president of media relations working with the corporate and technology practice groups. Mangalindan will work from the firm’s San Francisco office and report to Paul Turner, EVP and general manager of H+K San Francisco. Mangalindan is an experienced professional with broad expertise in corporate reputation management and brand communications. She has a strong track record of delivering results and is highly skilled in media and influencer relations, crisis communications, internal communications, industry analyst relations and digital communications. (Release)

i.d.e.a. named James White VP of brand management. White brings more than 15 years of fully integrated marketing experience to i.d.e.a., where he will lead strategic brand and operational leadership. Prior brand experience includes Microsoft, Intel, American Express, adidas and TaylorMade. (Release)

HFS Consultants (HFS) announced the creation of a Healthcare Marketing and PR Services division. HFS’s healthcare marketing and public relations services will include: crisis communication planning, training and support; focus groups, surveys and other marketing research; capital campaign marketing support; website design and development; email marketing; social media; advertising; news releases; event advisories; media relations; and marketing materials such as annual reports, brochures, videos and trade show exhibits. Marketing veteran Dennis Erokan, president of The Placemaking Group–which has served as HFS’s marketing team for the past two years–will head up the new division. The marketing team will operate from HFS’s corporate headquarters in Oakland, California. (Release)

Roll Call: Shift, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, APCO Worldwide, and More

Adam Gerston, one of the leaders of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developers program, left the social network to join Shift as vice president of strategic partnerships. Gerston, who joined Facebook in 2010, told Business Insider that, during his time at the company, the Preferred Marketing Developers grew from a group of two to a team of 20 managers who handle 25 percent of the company’s ad clients. (AllFacebook)

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. announced the appointment of Vicki Lins as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA). She had been SVP of marketing at Comcast. An ad industry veteran with more than twenty years’ experience, Lins will lead marketing strategy and execution for the CCOA business and will also serve as a member of the CCOA Executive Committee which guides the overall corporate strategy in North America. She will also liaise with Clear Channel Outdoor’s global marketing organization. (Release)

Frances Sun, former senior vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, China, joins APCO Worldwide as managing director of the firm’s Shanghai office. Sun has more than 20 years of experience in global communication, crisis communication, and media and government relations. Prior to joining APCO, Frances spearheaded H+K Strategies’ practice aimed to equip Chinese companies with professional communication support for their globalization efforts. She served as the global client relationship manager for the Beijing Olympic Games and led H+K’s crisis and issues management practice. She has extensive experience conducting media and crisis communication trainings for executives from both multinational and Chinese companies. (Release)

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Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Republica, Vox Media, and More

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has named Amy Rosenberg executive vice president and U.S. director of media relations. She will be based in the New York office, and will be responsible for providing clients with high-level strategic communications counsel as well as developing and leading media relations programs to meet client objectives. She will also be responsible for practice development and will work with the U.S. management team on a media relations practice framework and key new program offerings. Rosenberg will serve as an active member of the senior leadership team, establishing media relationships and new business. (Release)

Rosanna Fiske has joined Republica as executive vice president and chief strategy officer. In this new roll, she will focus on integrating advertising, digital and communications initiatives as well as by leveraging cross-market approaches. She will also oversee research and planning, account management, communications, content creation and engagement, and digital/media. Fiske most recently served as the director of the master’s program in Global Strategic Communications at Florida International University (FIU) in addition to acting as professor in the Advertising and Public Relations department there. (PR Newswire)

Callie Schweitzer has been named director of marketing and special projects at Vox Media (SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon). She was most recently the deputy publisher of Talking Points Memo. (FishbowlLA)

Swedish public relations firms Narva and Mix Public Relations are merging to form a full service agency that will include media relations, public affairs and financial communications. Narva will reportedly purchase 100 per cent of shares in Mix Public Relations on November 1, a purchase that will create a single agency with revenues of more than SEK 50 million (approx. €6 million) and around 30 employees. (The Holmes Report)

Jacqueline Reses has been named EVP of people and development at Yahoo. She had been partner and head of media at Apax Partners. (FishbowlNY)

Ellen Gerstein has been named VP and marketing director at Grand Central Publishing. She had been marketing director at Wiley. (mb)

Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, DEC PR, Zing, and More

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has announced that Amy McMichael Paddock, SVP and general manager of the firm’s Austin, TX office, will co-lead global client services with Vivian Lines, vice chair and co-head of client services. Paddock will work from Austin and report directly to H+K’s global chairman and CEO Jack Martin. In another shift, Bill Lauderback has also been named general manager of H+K Austin. Bill most recently worked as a senior advisor at Public Strategies, a role which allowed him to  counsel clients on strategic campaign development and execution with a particular emphasis on government relations. In his new role, he will draw on more than 25 years of senior-level experience in business management, government affairs, public policy and communications. (Release)

Australia’s DEC PR has named Kirsty McRae as client services director and “head of consumer.” In her new role, Kirsty will champion the provision of the highest levels of client service across the agency’s key clients and build on the agency’s successful consumer business. Kirsty has more than 10 years industry experience across consumer and corporate PR along with the attendant expertise in global and domestic market initiatives. Her client portfolio includes P&G, Unilever, Nike, Bacardi, Billabong, Danone, Premier Foods, BMW Mini and Intercontinental Hotel Group. (Release)

Zing’s two most senior executives, Robert McEwen and Preya McMahon, have created a second brand, McEwen McMahon, which will offer more corporate public relations services while Zing remains a consumer PR brand. “Zing will continue to focus on the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment work that has been its hallmark,” the two principals said in a release, “while McEwen McMahon will be more of a high-level consultancy, advising C-suite executives on internal and external reputation management issues.” (Release)

Huffington Post ad sales chief Moritz Loew has been dismissed by AOL. According to Adweek, Loew believes the dismissal was the result of a background check and an outstanding warrant from a 2003 DWI charge. A spokesperson from AOL told Adweek that “Recent information has indicated that Moritz’s hiring did not meet AOL requirements.” (Adweek)

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