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Roll Call Redux: Edelman Digital and Lambert, Edwards & Associates

4762458_300Add Edelman Digital to the list of firms making big changes this week. David Armano, formerly managing director of ED Chicago, will assume the newly created position global strategy director of key accounts and report to Cricket Wardein, head of U.S. digital practice, while southwest digital lead Brian Mays will succeed him as MD reporting to Rick Murray, GM of the larger Edelman Chicago operation.

Armano, who joined the agency in 2009, has become quite the presence as a quotable expert on all things digital, and he’ll provide “senior-level guidance” to CMOs, digital marketers and social media teams on the client side.

Mays, who has nearly two decades of experience and specializes in helping brands lead online conversations, will replace Armano in overseeing 75 employees in Chicago.

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Changes abound at Lambert, Edwards & Associates as well; the firm added three new members to its RIPPLE+AFFECT digital team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Brands and Agencies Facing Pre-Holiday RFP Push

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Are there more RFPs on the market this week? It seems so, according to industry executives PRNewser has spoken with.

While most agencies have policies in tact not to comment on active RFPs — who would want to potentially ruin their chance at winning the business? — we’ve been hearing about more accounts being up for grabs.

Just this morning, Edelman Chicago president Rick Murray posted on Twitter, “Not complaining in the least, but you do have to wonder — why do pre-holiday weeks overindex on RFP’s?”

We followed up with Murray via email, asking for more details. “My guess is that it traces to people trying to push things off their desk before they scoot out on vacation,” he said.

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.

RELATED: Interview: Rick Murray and David Armano, Edelman Digital

Interview: Rick Murray and David Armano, Edelman Digital

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While at the South by Southwest conference earlier this week, PRNewser had the chance to check in with Rick Murray, president of Edelman Digital, and David Armano, a recently hired SVP at the agency.

We talked a bit about what specifically brands are looking for in Q1 2010 when it comes to social media services and strategy, what the competitive set looks like for an agency like Edelman Digital, and how they hope to have an agency website that people actually read, with the launch of their new site.

Edelman Hires David Armano as SVP Digital

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After a short stint with Austin-based digital agency Dachis Group, David Armano joins Edelman’s digital division as SVP. He will report to Rick Murray, president of Edelman Digital. Prior to Dachis Group, Armano held positions “as a creative & strategic lead” at firms such as Critical Mass, Digitas and Agency.com.

In what some have called an interesting move, Edelman gave the news exclusively to Advertising Age as opposed to the industry trade publication PRWeek. This is not entirely surprising, as Edelman’s own Steve Rubel pens a column for AdAge and the agency seems to have a close relationship with the publication. It also speaks to Edelman’s and other agency’s desires to be thought of as more than just PR shops and reach a broader audience.

“With Steve Rubel‘s intellect and David Armano‘s creativity, we now provide clients the industries’ most compelling fire-and-ice team,” Edelman CEO Richard Edelman told AdAge.

Armano also posted the news on his popular Logic + Emotion blog. “I’ve known Rick Murray who runs the digital group at Edelman for some time now, and after some considerable deliberation it seemed to make perfect sense to go in this direction,” he said.