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Posts Tagged ‘John Blyth’

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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Fleishman’s Dave Senay Is ‘Just Plain Optimistic’

We had the chance to sit with Fleishman-Hillard president and CEO Dave Senay while he was in New York for a visit to talk about this year and the next. Straight away, Senay talked talent; he said the firm brought on 100 people at the VP-level or above this year, a move he described as “strategic.”

“It opens doors to new thinking, new people, new clients,” he said. There’s also “new leadership in place in a dozen key markets and practice groups.”

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McDonald’s PR Vet Joins Fleishman-Hillard As Partner

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John Blyth had been with McDonald’s since 1981, most recently holding the position of vice president of corporate communications.

He joins Omnicom-owned (NYSE: OMC) Fleishman-Hillard as senior vice president and partner and will be based in the agency’s Dallas office.