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Roll Call: William and Kate, APCO Worldwide, Grace Blue, and More

The Royal Children and the Duchess of Cambridge have hired an American to handle their PR. More specifically, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry tapped Jason Knaus, previously head of PR at the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage their communications as their first stateside trip approaches. Knaus doesn’t begin until the new year, but we’d suggest that his first action should be moving to quash all those stories about the ridiculous dress code for journalists who want to interview the Brits. Our sister site Media Jobs Daily has some suggestions

APCO Worldwide chose the right time to make a big announcement: international president Brad Staples will assume the CEO role in January and founder/current CEO Margery Kraus will be executive chairman.

Two other changes will take place effective January 5th: Evan Kraus (that’s Margery’s son) will be the company’s president and managing director of operations while Neal Cohen will be vice chairman of the board and head of global client strategy. The elder Kraus writes, “Brad, Evan and Neal represent the very best of APCO – deep global perspectives, understanding of the changing communications landscape and commitment to providing the very best thinking to our clients.”

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Roll Call: Edelman, Ruder Finn, Hill+Knowlton and More

Today Edelman announced the appointment of three new global sector chairs. Tish Van Dyke will run Food and Beverage, Deidre H. Campbell Financial Services and Amy Hemingway Energy. The three new appointees will report to global director of sectors/global chair of Edelman Health Kym White.

In the release, White notes that the move marks an attempt to further consolidate the firm’s practices by appointing “specialists with deep knowledge of their businesses” to chair each sector and serve various clients united by business but separated by geography, language and culture.

Van Dyke has been with Edelman for 17 years, most recently as a D.C.-based general manager directing the firm’s “pan-industry health engagement efforts” and serving on its global health team. Campbell, who joined the Corporate practice a year ago after building a career in various financial communications roles, will lead a “team of more than 150 financial services communications experts” in here new position. Hemingway, who joined the firm in 2006 and has led campaigns for various energy companies, noted that in her new role she will encourage Edelman clients in the natural resources, clean tech and power industries to be more transparent in their engagement with stakeholders and media.

Robin Kim will be EVP/MD of global technology at Ruder Finn as of November 10. Kim previously served as EVP at Edelman’s Silicon Valley practice, where she oversaw the firm’s enterprise and B2B technology group. In addition to supporting general growth in the San Francisco region, she will support the firm’s growing roster of tech clients. Prior to joining Edelman, Kim spent more than 16 years within the WPP organization, playing various management roles at Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe and Hill & Knowlton. She will report to CEO Kathy Bloomgarden.

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Roll Call: Waggener Edstrom; H+K Canada; Hemp PR; And More

Waggener Edstrom promoted Tiffany Cook from EVP to VP/head of its consumer sector. Cook, who has been with WE for 16 years, will oversee related efforts across the retail, consumer technology, automotive, and spirits industries. PR Week tells us that she will report to co-founder/partner Pam Edstrom.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies‘ Canadian operations named Dimitri Gourdin SVP and GM of its Montreal office. Gourdin, who earned a law degree at Paris’ Panthéon-Assas University and a masters’ from Paris Management School, previously served as VP of marketing/comms at BIOMOD, a biotech company serving the health and beauty industries. In the 90′s he worked in crisis comms at Burson-Marsteller’s Paris office and in 2005 he launched his own Montreal-based firm called Arcane Communications.

Mark Goldman and Ryan McCormick, PR veterans and founders of both Goldman McCormick PR and Legal PR Team, have announced the creation of a new firm called, simply, Hemp Public Relations. We’ll let you guess which sort of clients they plan to serve — and it’s OK if you’re, like, a little slow

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Hill+Knowlton Hires New SF GM from the Tech World

H+K_Jodi BaumannWe think we might be witnessing a trend: Hill+Knowlton Strategies just announced the hiring of tech veteran Jodi Baumann to run both its San Francisco office and its global tech practice.

Baumann currently serves as senior director of global communications at NetApp, a Sunnydale storage/data company that just happened to appear on the Glassdoor list ranking the “top 25 American companies for culture and value” below Twitter, Edelman and others.

H+K Americas president/CEO Mike Coates gets right at Baumann’s appeal in the press release, writing, “she is so entrenched in both the technology space and the local San Francisco market.”

That’s the same reason that Ketchum acquired Access Communications in 2008 and named its president/CEO Susan Butenhoff to lead its own global tech practice last week.

It also reminded us of DKC PR’s decision to hire AdAge tech reporter/San Francisco bureau chief Cotton Delo as account supervisor back in June.

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Roll Call: H+K Strategies, Rubenstein, HvM and Lawrence

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hired veteran Lisa Cradit as SVP/corporate advisory practice leader in its New York office. Cradit has worked in strategic communications for more than two decades; she most recently served as director of public relations and communications at First Reserve, an energy-focused private equity firm. Before that, she spent 17 years in the tech industry–a stint that included comms positions at L-1 Identity Solutions, Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting) and boutique tech product agency Fitzgerald Communications (now an Omnicom company).

Claire Koeneman, interim general manager of H+K’s New York office and head of the firm’s U.S. financial communications practice, said that Cradit’s extensive “hands-on experience” will be “a tremendous asset to our clients – and to her new colleagues.”

Rubenstein Public Relations hired Jodie Thomas and Kristie Galvani as vice presidents. Thomas most recently served as associate VP of entertainment at 5W PR, where she managed press campaigns for artists ranging from Irish group Clannad to The Wiggles (yes, those Wiggles) and clients as disparate as Broadway.com and D’Angelico guitars. Before joining 5W, Thomas worked as director of PR Decca/Universal Music Group. In her new role, Thomas–a College of Charleston graduate–will execute and develop campaigns for clients in RPR’s entertainment division.

Galvani previously worked as EVP at HMJT PR, serving clients across business sectors. As VP at RPR, she will handle accounts within the firm’s lifestyle division, raising brand awareness for such clients as BioHitech America, Experian Marketing Services and more. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Mass Communications with a special focus on Public Relations and Advertising.

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Remembering Former Hill+Knowlton Chairman/CEO Bob Gray

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Over the weekend we learned of the passing of Bob Gray: Nebraska-born author, lobbyist, presidential adviser, founder of Gray and Co. and onetime CEO/chairman of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He was 92.

While Gray began his career in politics before joining H+K, he is best known as “first flack” for President Ronald Reagan. Gray worked on Reagan’s campaign, co-chaired his inaugural committee and went on to become the prototypical lobbyist.

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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.

Impressed yet? So are we.

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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)

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