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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)

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Billings Up 12.6 Percent at WPP

WPP has released its 2010 preliminary results, reporting that billings increased 12.6 percent to $65.961 billion. Based on constant currency, revenue was up 5.6 percent, reflecting the weakness of the pound versus many other currencies. But reportable revenue was up 7.4 percent to £9.331 billion, or $15.158 billion, based on today’s exchange rates.

PR and public affairs was nine percent of revenue as a total percentage of the group, up 4.3 percent from 2009. Branding and identity and healthcare and specialist communications were 24.9 percent of revenue as a total percentage of the group, up five percent from the prior year. Hill & Knowlton, Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy PR, and Burson-Marsteller are among WPP’s firms.

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H&K and Public Strategies Will Merge

Effective January 1, 2011, Hill & Knowlton and Public Strategies will merge.

“Combining with Public Strategies gives H&K clients access to even more value as well as adding critical mass in the financial sector and research capabilities,” Paul Taaffe, global CEO of H&K, said in a statement. He will remain in his position once the merger takes place.

Jack Martin, founder and chairman of Public Strategies, will become global executive chairman of H&K and Dan Bartlett, former counselor to President George W. Bush, will become president and CEO of H&K USA as well as chairman and CEO of Public Strategies.

WPP is the parent company of both firms. Each company will retain its brand. Together the combined unit will have 2,300 employees in 83 offices scattered across 44 countries.

New Obama Book: ‘Everyone Knew the Communications Effort Was Struggling’

Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, a new book out this week from communications consultant and political analyst Richard Wolffe, puts forth yet another documentation of how the Obama administration’s communications strategy has not been operating as best it could.

Politico quotes the following excerpt from the book:

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WSJ Correspondent Hitt Joins Public Strategies

public strategies.jpg Wall Street Journal political correspondent Greg Hitt joins the Washington D.C. office of Public Strategies as managing director today. Hitt will serve as a strategic communications counselor for the firms clients, which include Fortune 50 companies and nonprofits.

Over 20 years of experience with the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, Hitt has covered a range of topics including presidential campaigns and national politics. Most recently, he covered major legislation related President Barack Obama’s agenda such as the economic stimulus package.