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Roll Call: Ketchum Pleon, APCO, and Showtime

Tasso Enzweiler has been named Ketchum Pleon‘s MD in the Düsseldorf office. It’s one of the agency’s largest offices with 125 staffers. The office’s previous MD was Dirk Popp, who was named president of Ketchum Pleon Germany. Enzweiler was previously the MD of Hering Schuppener Consulting for five years.

Sir Liam Donaldson, England’s former chief medical officer and the British government’s former chief medical adviser has joined APCO Worldwide‘s International Advisory Council. While serving this dual role, Sir Donaldson played a role in the nation’s discussions and policies around stem cell research, smoke-free public spaces, and other issues.

Frank Pintauro and Donald Buckley have been named the co-heads of Showtime‘s marketing division. The previous EVP Len Fogge is believed to be heading to NBC to work with his former boss Bob Greenblatt. Richard Licata, another former Showtime staffer, recently left his post as VP of corp comms at Showtime to join NBC. [via Broadcasting & Cable]

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Roll Call: Edelman, NBC Entertainment, MWW, and More

Leon Li has been named director of Edelman‘s public affairs practice in China. Li has previously worked for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the Chinese embassy in Argentina, and at private banks, including the Bank of East Asia.

Richard Licata has resigned as VP of corporate communications at Showtime Networks and joined NBC Entertainment as EVP of communications, a new position. He had been with Showtime for four years. In his new position, he’ll be working under chairman Robert Greenblatt, who was also at Showtime until January. [via The Wrap]

Ephraim Cohen has joined MWW Group as EVP of technology and digital content, leading the firm’s global practice. Cohen was previously the founder of The Fortex Group and served as EVP and GM of technology at Edelman.

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Did Viacom Chairman Give Plum PR Job To Unqualified Candidate?

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According to the Daily Beast’s Peter Lauria, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone “forced” the Showtime network, which is part of Viacom, to put a “young, apparently unqualified brunette on the public company’s payroll.”

The employee in question is Rohini Singh [pictured in red], who sources speculated to Lauria only got a job because of her association with Redstone. A source told Lauria that Showtime CEO Matt Blank “basically” told Richard Licata, the network’s executive vice president for corporate communications, to “make her happy.”

So what is Singh doing at Showtime? According to Lauria’s sources, “only the most basic entry-level tasks like compiling clips and making phone calls.” Meanwhile, she is receiving a decent salary and also received a substantial amount of Viacom stock.

Are these kind of moves unheard of in the media and entertainment world? Many would argue that they’re not. Nonetheless, when Lauria reached Singh for comment, she seemed defensive, and only stated, “This is not my first job, but I can’t tell you where I worked before. I have to go now.”

It also serves as more fuel to the fire between Redstone and the media. Just last week Redstone left a voice-mail to Lauria in which he said he would be “well-rewarded and well-protected” if he gave up a source to one of his stories about him and another scandal at Viacom.

RELATED: Showtime Hires VP Corporate PR Johanna Fuentes

Showtime Hires VP Corporate PR Johanna Fuentes

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Showtime Networks has hired Johanna Fuentes as VP, corporate public relations, reports The Hollywood Reporter. She most recently served as VP communications at Bravo.

Fuentes will report to Showtime EVP of corporate communications Richard Licata.

Stuart Zakim, who previously held the position of VP of corporate PR at Showtime, left the company in October 2009. He is now a PR consultant.