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More Changes for Condé Nast’s Communications Team

Conde Nast logoThis week brings more evidence that publishing giant Condé Nast is remaking its PR/communications team for the new year. Last month we reported on the departure of Maurie Perl: industry leading light, Barbara Walters confidant and veteran of such titles as Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Now we’ve learned of another big-name departure–and the arrival of some new blood.

Shannon Eis, who led internal and executive communications at Condé , left last week for a new role as senior vice president of corporate communications at top PR firm MMW. Eis previously worked as senior vice president at Kaplow Communications (and yes, she will continue making regular appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman as a parenting expert).

This week brings news that Patricia Röckenwagner has been named Condé Nast’s senior vice president of communications. Industry vet Röckenwagner previously served as senior VP of marketing and communications for McGraw-Hill Companies and corporate comms director at Paramount Pictures.

It would appear that Condé Nast is reshaping its communications team as part of a larger strategic shift. Expect more announcements to foll0w.

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Roll Call: Mobility Public Relations, MWW, The Greenbrier Companies, and More

Mobility Public Relations has acquired L&O Public Relations. Paula Larson and Ellie O’Rourke, founders of L&O Public Relations, will join the Mobility Public Relations team along with all of L&O’s clients. Paula Larson has over 150 corporate and product launches under her belt, and she has created award-winning PR programs for numerous high-tech, industrial and consumer clients. Ellie O’Rourke has over 15 years of PR and marketing communications experience, working with high-tech clients on both the agency and corporate side of the business. She has extensive experience in the enterprise software, cloud computing, mobile apps, wireless and Wi-Fi fields. (EverythingPR)

Bradford Walton joined MWW as senior vice president of consumer lifestyle marketing at MWW Los Angeles.  Walton, a seasoned marketing, public relations and branding professional with more than a decade of experience in the industry, joins MWW from Edelman Los Angeles, where he served as vice president in the agency’s consumer and lifestyle marketing and CSR teams, working with global brands including Volkswagen of America, Nestle USA, PacSun, Starbucks, eBay, Feeding America, Movember and Product(RED), among many others.  He brings with him a breadth of experience in developing CSR programs and conceiving and executing award-winning national and local marketing and PR campaigns. (Release)

The Greenbrier Companies announced that Jack Isselmann joined the company as director of corporate relations and communications. Isselmann will lead the company’s interactions with political officials and candidates and provide strategic direction on legislative matters. He will also assume the public affairs responsibilities previously held by Susan Wilson, director, operations analysis and control & public affairs.  Wilson will continue to perform international consulting work for Greenbrier, reporting to the CEO and others as assigned. (Release)

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Post-Election: Where Will the Big PR Talent Land?

We’d like to take a moment to return to a great piece posted on Ad Age earlier this week about the post-election scramble for top PR talent in politics.

There’s no doubt that elections often attract the sharpest of the communications bunch. This may have something to do with the fact that campaigns—especially presidential campaigns—also draw from some of the country’s biggest bank accounts.

We’ll let MWW CEO Michael Kempner explain it:

“There’s no better training than a campaign. They’re working under pressure, unforgiving deadlines, speaking to diverse audiences and seeing the media impact with real consequences in every program they execute.”

This makes perfect sense. Who has better experience working with media outlets and personalities across the country (and the world) than the veterans of political campaigns? Of course they’re hot commodities.

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