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Edelman Appoints First Chief Innovation Officer

Edelman has appointed a firm veteran, Nancy Ruscheinski, as its first chief innovation officer for Edelman U.S. The appointment also comes with the global vice chair title, reporting directly to Richard Edelman. The new position is effective July 1.

Ruscheinski has been with the firm for 24 years and is now serving as president and chief operating officer for Edelman U.S., a position she’s held for three years. She’s also a member of the firm’s executive committee, based out of Chicago.

The new position has four priorities, according to the press release: to keep the firm’s offerings in line with the landscape of traditional, owned, social, and new media; move along the process of product development, especially in search, video, social, and mobile; make innovation a firm-wide endeavor; and look for new revenue streams.

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Edelman Acquires Vollmer

Edelman has acquired Vollmer Public Relations, “the largest independent PR firm based in the Southwest,” according to the press release. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Vollmer’s Austin, Dallas, and New York operations will be merged with Edelman. The firm will also establish a Houston hub, Edelman Southwest, which will serve Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Kansas. There will be 50 pros working out of the office with $9 million in annual revenue for the Texas region. Read more

Edelman Hires Former Obama New Media Advisor Michael Slaby To Lead Digital

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Michael Slaby has joined Edelman as executive vice president and global practice chair of the firm’s digital practice. Slaby comes to Edelman from venture capital firm TomorrowVentures, where he led communications and technology strategy.

Previously, he served as a technology and new media advisor to the Obama administration. Slaby was also technology director for the Obama presidential transition team, where he “led operational and long-term planning for technology including web strategy and utilization, data integration opportunities, infrastructure review, and cybersecurity standards and initiatives.”

Prior to that, Slaby served as chief technology officer for “Obama for America,” and served as deputy new media director for the campaign.

He will be based in Chicago and report to Nancy Ruscheinski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Edelman US.

“I was drawn to Edelman because of its independence, world-class thought leadership and global footprint as a leader in engagement through digital communications,” said Slaby in a statement.

Slaby takes over for Rick Murray, who was recently appointed president of Edelman Chicago, the firm’s co-headquarters. Edelman said its digital division includes more than 300 employees worldwide and represents approximately 11% of the firm’s global revenue. Clients include API, AstraZeneca, eBay, Kraft Foods, RIM, Schering-Plough, Walmart and Unilever.

Edelman Upgrades Rick Murray to Chicago President

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Edelman’s head of digital Rick Murray is moving up to President of the firm’s 500-person Chicago office, according to an announcement.

Murray succeeds Janet Cabot and Mark Shadle who served as co-presidents since 2008. Cabot will move over to head of Edelman’s U.S. food and nutrition practice, while Shadle will head up corporate affairs for sister agency Zeno Group.

The appointment of a new global digital practice leader is expected soon. In the meantime, it’s in the hands of preseident and COO Nancy Ruscheinski.

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