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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)

Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, 451 Marketing, Crafted, and More

Ipswich, MA based integrated digital agency, Crafted, has appointed Emma Plummer as PR Director. Emma will head up the company’s new offline public relations department, in recognition of the increasing need to combine digital communications with more traditional forms of marketing. With more than 12 years’ experience in PR, Emma brings with her a raft of clients from her own consultancy, which she ran prior to joining Crafted. In her time at Blue Poppy PR, Emma handled Crafted’s public relations for just under two years. (Release)

Karyn Martin has been promoted to the role of vice president at Boston, MA based 451 Marketing. As vice president, Karyn will continue to oversee strategy and management of integrated public relations campaigns for clients including The Yankee Candle Company, Hood Ice Cream, The Annie Selke Companies (Pine Cone Hill, Dash and Albert, Annie Selke Home, Fresh American Spaces), Netwatch, and Entertainment Cruises. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced today the appointment of Susan Thiele as U.S. healthcare practice leader, effective immediately. Thiele will continue to be based out of the firm’s New York office. Thiele has been with the H+K Strategies healthcare group for more than two years helping healthcare companies navigate the opportunities and challenges of an evolving communications landscape. She has deep expertise in building strategic communications platforms that include brand positioning, audience activation, stakeholder engagement, and crisis and issues management. Thiele has counseled numerous healthcare clients at H+K including Amgen, Merck and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. (Release)

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Across Manhattan, Ethics is on the Agenda

Manhattan was abuzz about ethics on Tuesday, with high profile speakers presenting on both ends of the spectrum. Ethisphere’s Best Practices in Ethics Communications workshop, held downtown, featured CEOs from Edelman and Hill+Knowlton Strategies, along with business and government officials. The State of NOW conference uptown hosted Jack Abramoff, convicted former Washington lobbyist and ethics violator extraordinaire.

The word “murky” was the most popular word used at both venues. Highlights are below.

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Two Firms Hire Digital Execs

Weber Shandwick has hired Ozzy Farman as SVP of digital innovation, Herb Sawyer as SVP of strategic planning, and Kerry Lange as SVP and digital director of the firm’s Norther California.

According to the firm, its digital business has grown “more than 30 percent annually over the past three years.”

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H+K Strategies, Weber Shandwick Reach a Settlement

Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Weber Shandwick have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Weber Shandwick filed back in January.

At that time, Weber Shandwick had been granted a temporary restraining order against H+K, Weber’s COO Ken Luce, and EVP Jody Venturoni. Weber alleged a breach of contract by the two execs, both longtime Weber staffers. The settlement involves H+K, Luce, Venturoni, and Luce’s company MaximaGroup. Both execs left Weber Shandwick after 15 years. Others left Weber for H+K in the months leading up to the filing.

Weber’s lawsuit alleged that Venturoni had “misappropriated” confidential documents, according to today’s press release from the firm. And, according to Weber’s release, Luce had “improperly solicited Weber Shandwick employees and clients.”

Court documents filed in January state:

“This action arises out of Defendants’ unlawful and deceitful misappropriation of Plaintiff Weber Shandwick’s confidential information and trade secrets as part of a predatory assault against Plaintiff Weber Shandwick intended to damage Weber Shandwick’s operations in the Southwest United States and beyond by, among other things, stealing confidential information, clients and employees.”

The details of the settlement are confidential, but Venturoni did release a statement, available after the jump.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Expedia has chosen Fleishman-Hillard for PR services in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and France, the Holmes Report says. The firm replaces GolinHarris, FischerAppelt, Edelman, and Hopscotch in those countries, respectively. Work will target consumers with emphasis on social media and SEO, though it will not impact an existing relationship with We Are Social, a London digital firm. F-H has also brought Tom Berry on to lead the London tech practice. Berry was previously on the Bite Communications board.

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) at The University of Oklahoma has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its AOR for work on developing global awareness of the institution and its work. The account will span over the course of a number of years and a number of offices, including Dallas, New York, and Washington D.C.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has chosen Porter Novelli for an educational campaign that was part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a $20 million contract, and Weber Shandwick and Fleishman-Hillard also competed for the business. [via]

Front Row Tampa Bay, which will broadcast Web TV programming about economic opportunities in that region during the Republican National Convention, has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies. H+K services will include media outreach, marketing, and other comms support. The broadcast and the Convention will happen between August 27 and 30.

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