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Roll Call: New Offices & More Acquisitions

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Chandler Chicco Companies (part of inVentiv Health) has acquired two German healthcare firms: Haas & Health Partner Public Relations and SanCom Creative Communication Solutions. CCC took a 19.9 percent interest in these firms in 2008. The acquisitions add 33 staffers (23 from the former, 10 from the latter), bringing Chandler Chicco’s staff total to 380 around the world. Both firms will continue with their current names and leadership.

Michael Sneed has been named VP of global corporate affairs at Johnson & Johnson, effective January 1, Ad Age reports. He will lead the global marketing and PR efforts as the company tries to comeback from a series of recalls. Brian Perkins, corporate VP of corporate affairs, will retire in March, but the company insists that Sneed is taking a broader role and is not replacing Perkins. The company is has also had a number of layoffs in the marketing area. Recalls since 2009 have cost the company $1 billion in sales, the story says.

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AOL PR Chief Tricia Primrose Leaving After 13 Years

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AOL EVP, Corporate Communications Tricia Primose Wallace is leaving the company after thirteen years, according to an internal memo from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong obtained by AllThingsD.

Primrose is one of the last of the “old guard” of AOL executives who were around before Armstrong took the reins as CEO. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD said that she will miss Wallace’s “consummate professionalism throughout some decidedly dicey times.” She will remain with the company in an advisory role.

The memo from Armstrong noted that Primrose was commuting to New York for part of each work week from Virgina, where her family lives and where the company used to be based.

Armstrong also noted in the memo, “We will be opening an external and internal search for a successor.”

Primrose’s move follows that of other AOL PR executives. In April, Kurt Patat left his post as communications director and headed to Viacom’s MTV. Matthew Frankel, formerly svp for corporate communications, joined Current Media in May.

The relatively new additions to AOL’s PR team include Kiersten Hollars, who joined in November 2009 from Digg and Caroline Campbell, who joined in September 2009 from Porter Novelli.

Digg.com PR Head Leaves for AOL, Re-Joins Old Yahoo Boss

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Kiersten Hollars, director of communications at social networking site Digg, has left to join AOL. The connection? Hollars was plucked away by her old boss at Yahoo, Brad Garlinghouse. Garlinghouse is now President of Internet and Mobile Communications at AOL.

Hollars’ new role is senior director of corporate communications, reporting to both Garlinghouse and EVP Corporate Communications Tricia Primrose. “This is more about working with Brad again, and nothing about Digg,” Hollars told TechCrunch, who broke the news. This is the second high profile PR hire made by AOL this fall. PRNewser reported exclusively on September 24th that Caroline Campbell joined the company from Porter Novelli. Campbell has ties to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong from their days together at Google.

Meanwhile, Digg is looking for a replacement.