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More Clients Want You to Help Them Avoid Paying Taxes

shutterstock_140263030This weekend, The New York Times told us that Europe is moving to close many of the tax loopholes that have attracted so many corporations to The Netherlands even when they have no interest in hemp or socialism.

This is bad news for Starbucks…and great news for financially-focused PR firms.

NYT notes that both the coffee behemoth and the notoriously regulation-averse Apple have signed with RLM Finsbury and its lobbying affiliates in recent years to help more effectively minimize their total tax bills.

The real product being sold here is expertise on international tax policies and those ever-shifting loopholes; one year you establish a tax shelter in Ireland, but next year who knows?

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Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, RLM Finsbury and More

Burson-Marsteller has hired Rowan Benecke to lead its global technology practice. Benecke comes to the firm from Text 100, where he spent almost a decade. He joined Text100 in 2005, after working at Waggener-Edstrom and Zeno. In 2012, he relocated from Europe to New York to lead the Next15 firm’s North American operations. Benecke has played a key operational role at Text 100, leading the firm at successive stops in Asia, EMEA and North America. He takes on the global tech chair role that was previously occupied by Lisa Poulson until her departure from Burson last year. (TheHolmesReport)

Edelman has named Maria Amundson as global chair, Technology sector, effective September 15. Amundson, currently general manager of Edelman Silicon Valley, will lead the agency’s team of 440 technology communications experts in 23 countries and be responsible for client counsel, portfolio management, new business development and sector marketing. She will report to Kym White, global director of sectors and global chair of Edelman’s Health sector, and be based in Silicon Valley. Amundson joined Edelman as an executive vice president in 2006 when the firm acquired A&R Partners, the leading independent Bay Area technology PR firm that she co-owned in San Mateo, Calif. She became general manager of Edelman’s Silicon Valley office in late 2012, counseling technology companies from early stage start-ups to Fortune 50 leaders. (Release)

RLM Finsbury announced that it is opening a San Francisco office, bolstering its global footprint. Doug Michelman, former chief communications officer and global head of Corporate Relations of Visa, Inc. who was most recently a senior advisor to RLM Finsbury, has been named a partner and will lead the new office. Prior to Visa, Michelman served as regional president and senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard, where he managed its West Coast operations. In addition to various roles at Fleishman-Hillard both in the U.S. and internationally, his extensive communications experience also includes staff positions in the press office for two presidential campaigns. (Release) Read more

Roll Call: Ruder Finn, Edelman, RLM Finsbury, And More

Ruder Finn announced several new additions to its global healthcare leadership team:

  • Elyse Margolis was promoted to the position of executive vice president/director, New York Healthcare, where she will continue to serve as client service leader for accounts as well as assuming new responsibilities for the New York team.
  • Trina Chiara was named executive vice president/director, Global Healthcare Business Development. Chiara, who previously served as an NPR reporter for a decade, will both oversee current clients and identify new business opportunities in the healthcare field.
  • Rob Schachter has been promoted to the position of executive vice President, global Healthcare. As a Ruder Finn employee for the past eight years, he handled global franchise portfolios for multiple clients.
  • Glenn Silver joined the practice as senior vice president, Healthcare Media Relations. He will counsel the firm’s extensive list of pharmaceutical clients.
  • Christine Hanson will now serve as senior vice president, Global Healthcare. Hanson, who worked at Manning Selvage and Lee and Danielides Communications, Inc. before joining Ruder Finn, recently managed several high-profile campaigns including one for Novartis’ Bexsero MenB Vaccine. (Release)

Edelman Seattle announced the appointment of Michael Thomas to the SVP role for its technology team. Thomas, who previously served as VP at Edelman’s Chicago office, brings more than a decade of counselling experience in the tech and health sectors to the role; her past clients include GridApp (acquired by BMC Software), Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson), Opsware (acquired by HP), CrowdControl for Amazon Mechanical Turk, Code Green Networks, Skytap, Fortress Grand, Twisted Pair Solutions and others.

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Roll Call: RLM Finsbury, iAcquire and Caruso Affiliated

RLM Finsbury announced that Stephen Labaton will become U.S. president of RLM Finsbury. Labaton, an award-winning former senior writer at The New York Times who joined the company as Partner in 2012, succeeds Michael Gross, who was appointed chief executive officer of RLM Finsbury earlier this month. Paul Holmes will become managing partner of RLM Finsbury’s New York office, where he will lead the company’s U.S. talent acquisition and development initiatives and continue to head a range of major client assignments. Holmes joined RLM Finsbury in 2007 after a distinguished career in international journalism, including as global political editor for Reuters. Labaton and Holmes will also join RLM Finsbury’s global management committee to help guide the company’s continuing international growth. (Release)

iAcquire announced that Gabriella Salas has joined the agency as associate director of Content Strategy. Reporting to Tom Harari, iAcquire’s director of Strategy, Salas will articulate the vision for content strategy as an integral piece for clients, internally at iAcquire, and to the broader digital marketing community. Salas joins iAcquire from Adorama, where she was responsible for digital content strategy for the Adorama Learning Center and Adorama TV. She led the company’s editorial planning, guidelines and production, while leveraging analytics to get to the core of improving the company’s content distribution and creation. Prior to Adorama, she served as digital content strategy lead at Lomographic Society International in Vienna, Austria. In this role, she served as the in-house lead for web and print content. (Release) Read more

RLM Finsbury Names New CEO

Caption: Michael Gross, CEO, RLM Finsbury (Photo: Business Wire)

Today RLM Finsbury officially announced an executive change finalized in late 2013: effective April 15, partner and president Michael Gross will be the firm’s new CEO.

Predecessor Walter Montgomery–a founding partner who provided the “M” in RLM and helped manage the 2011 merger with Finsbury–will stay on as partner to “[counsel] corporate clients on a range of issues”. He served as CEO for 14 years, and in the release Gross describes him as “an extraordinary mentor.”

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Roll Call: DDC Advocacy, RLM Finsbury and ARC2 Communications

DDC Advocacy announced the hiring of Adam Wagner as director of business communications. In this position Wagner will manage business development initiatives including proposal development and marketing communications, as well as work directly with our client services team to create and implement comprehensive advocacy strategies. Bringing more than twelve years of experience to DDCA, Wagner has developed new business communications, marketing strategies and advocacy materials for multi-million dollar campaigns, spanning legislative, regulatory and public relations challenges. Prior to joining DDCA, Wagner worked for SevenTwenty Strategies where he served as director of communications, providing strategic messaging for Fortune 500, non-profit and association clients. (Release)

RLM Finsbury announced that Matt Miller, a prominent communications consultant for corporations, foundations and government organizations, as well as a best-selling author and columnist, has joined the firm as senior advisor. Miller will work with RLM Finsbury’s leadership team to expand their long-standing offerings in corporate reputation and issues management, public affairs, thought leadership and media relations. (Release)

ARC2 Communications & Media, Inc. announced that Darby Sedighan has been appointed to the team as vice president. Sedighan joins ARC2 from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she led a number of accounts for that firm’s Healthcare practice. Darby brings more than a decade of business development and client engagement experience to her new role. (Release)

Roll Call: MWW, GolinHarris and RLM Finsbury

MWW announced that Jamie Foley has joined the firm as vice president, formalizing the firm’s travel and tourism practice and expanding its Los Angeles leadership team. Foley brings expertise leading public relations strategy for world class travel and hospitality brands including American Express Travel and Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, among others. In her new role at MWW, she will help guide communications strategy for a number of the firm’s West Coast consumer clients as well as contribute to the practice’s growth efforts. (Release)

GolinHarris announced the appointment of Jeff Ventura as executive director, media, in its Washington, D.C., office. In this new position, Ventura joins the agency’s g4 Connector community, focusing on providing strategic media relations guidance to the office’s health care, energy and climate, public affairs and corporate clients. He reports to Susan Corsini, managing director, Washington, D.C. Before joining GolinHarris, Ventura served as director of corporate communications at CVS Caremark. Prior to that, Ventura was a press officer in the Office of the Commissioner for the United States Food and Drug Administration. (Release)

RLM Finsbury announced that Peter Thonis, former chief communications officer for Verizon Communications, has joined the Firm as senior advisor. Thonis will serve as a key resource in bolstering the firm’s strategic communications offering with added expertise related to corporate reputation, crisis management and brand building. Thonis joins RLM Finsbury from Verizon Communications, where he spearheaded the corporation’s global communications strategy since its inception in 2000. As Verizon’s first chief communications officer, a role he took on in 2004, Thonis led all internal and external communications for the company, including media relations strategy and execution, corporate-wide issues management, and executive and employee communications. (Release)

Prince Harry Has Found the PR Flack of His Dreams

Prince HarryToday we are sad to announce that Prince Harry will probably never again amuse us with tales of drugged-up strip poker that double as viral marketing for Las Vegas tourism. He probably won’t have to leave his world of privilege behind for another “apology tour” in Afghanistan or simultaneously fend off the paparazzi and the Taliban, either.

According to The Telegraph, the young prince has finally found his missing piece — a “personal secretary” who will double as Mr. Bad News Ginger’s “right hand man” and just happens to be both a military veteran and a communications professional at finance-focused firm RLM Finsbury.

This lucky chap, who goes by the incredible name Edward Lane Fox (and may or may not have been voiced by George Clooney), will begin this challenging assignment right after the Prince returns from a “US tour” seen as crucial to the rebuilding of his reputation. Wait, did Harry ever have a good reputation? Most importantly, what will he do on his stateside jaunt? Click through for our best guesses:

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Roll Call: RLM Finsbury, Child’s Play Communications, SheKnows, and More

RLM Finsbury announced that award-winning ABC News correspondent Ned Potter has joined the firm as a senior vice president in its New York office. Potter will play a significant role in RLM Finsbury’s growing science and technology practice. Potter served as a science correspondent since 1987 for ABC’s “World News,” and also reported for “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and the Discovery Channel’s “Discovery News.” He has covered stories ranging from space exploration and medicine to new technology and the Internet. Beginning in 2006, Potter also served as an editor for, managing a team of reporters covering technology, politics, medicine, business and popular culture while helping the network expand its digital media footprint. (Release)

Stacy Callahan has joined Child’s Play Communications as account supervisor, in the agency’s growing entertainment group. Callahan brings 20 years of public relations experience to Child’s Play, including media placement, event management, strategic planning and creative development. She spent 10 years with Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as director, East Coast Field Operations. Edward Pachetti also joined Child’s Play Communications as account supervisor,in the agency’s growing technology group. Pachetti brings more than 16 years of public relations experience to the agency. (Release/Release)

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Roll Call: Edelman, Meredith Corporation, AOL and More

Edelman announced that Kathryn Kranhold will join the group as executive vice president in the Los Angeles office, effective March 1. In her new role, Kranhold will drive reputation and crisis management and financial and investor relations, reporting directly to general manager James Williams. Most recently, Kranhold consulted with Brunswick Group, advising and managing crisis, litigation and corporate reputation programs. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of corporate communications at Walt Disney Company, where she worked closely with the investor relations and legal teams to develop effective communications strategies. (Release)

Meredith Corporation announced today that Stan Pavlovsky has been named SVP, Meredith National Media Group and president of, the world’s No. 1 digital food brand. Pavlovsky will replace Lisa Sharples , who is leaving at the end of March to pursue personal interests. Pavlovsky will be responsible for leading’s marketing, business and international development, as well as working with Meredith’s other key business units to enhance and maximize the brand’s leading position in the marketplace. He had been VP of ecommerce at (Release)

RLM Finsbury, a global strategic communications and advisory agency, announced that Scott Hoeflich has joined the firm as senior vice president. Hoeflich, who formerly served as chief of staff and communications director for the late Senator Arlen Specter, will work from the firm’s Washington, D.C. office on strategic communications and public affairs with partners Eric Pave, a longtime public policy strategist, and former New York Times journalist Stephen Labaton. (Release)

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