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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: Ruder Finn, Twitter and GolinHarris

Ruder Finn has signed an agreement with S&W Public Relations to expand its presence into the central and western provinces of China. With the strategic partnership, Ruder Finn will have access to S&W’s knowledge, insights, and resources in 21 cities throughout western China. S&W is especially active in Chongqing City and the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan. (Release)

Twitter has hired Kate Jhaveri, who will take on the role of senior director of consumer marketing. She comes to Twitter from Facebook, where she served as consumer and mobile marketing head. During her time at Facebook, Jhaveri took the marketing lead on the company’s platform and credits products, and its preferred marketing developers program. Perhaps most notably, she launched the marketing campaign for the recent debut of Facebook Home. (AllTwitter)

GolinHarris and LinOpinion, one of India’s leading public relations agencies and a division of Lowe Lintas and Partners, have announced the formation of a joint venture to deliver enhanced capabilities to clients in the region and internationally. The new entity will be known as LinOpinion GolinHarris and has six offices in India. Established in 1994, LinOpinion is part of Lintas India Group. The agency provides corporate communications, public relations, and digital and social media services to leading brands such as the Times Television Network, Etihad Airways, JP Morgan, AMC and many others. (Release)

Oh Hi: We Threw a Party This Week!

Big thanks to all who came out to our party at the Empire Room on Tuesday night! We greatly appreciated you all showing up to have a couple of drinks, trade business cards, look for new career opportunities and listen politely as your host tested his latest, lamest jokes. Apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to get in (we are popular for some reason) and a special thank you to the folks at Horn Group for sponsoring and organizing a great event. Here are some pictures:

Attendees getting their network on…

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Roll Call: Draftfcb Worldwide, JMPR, CTP and Fortune

Carter Murray will take over as CEO of New York communications agency Draftfcb Worldwide. Murray, who will work out of the agency’s NYC headquarters, joins DFCB after spending a year-plus as president/CEO of Y&R North America. During his career, Murray spent four years as CMO/worldwide account director on Nestle while at Publicis, where he also served as a member of said agency’s executive committee. Though the transition is now underway, Murray’s official start state is still to be determined. Meanwhile, Y&R has welcomed former VML CEO Matt Anthony as its new North American chief exec. (AgencySpy)

JMPR, a lifestyle and transportation firm based in Los Angeles, has hired a new account executive to expand upon its automotive lifestyle team. Ashley Anderson joins the firm after working at Finn Partners, a Ruder Finn company, where she specialized in automotive accounts in addition to serving clients in the customer, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. In her new role, Anderson will work with existing automotive clients like Infiniti while seeking new business for the firm. (Release)

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Roll Call: WISE Public Relations, Ruder Finn, Resolute Consulting, PepsiCo

NYC-based WISE Public Relations appointed John McCartney to the newly created role of director of media relations. McCartney will be responsible for leading the media relations programs and providing strategic communications counsel to clients. Prior to WISE Public Relations, John served as US Account Director, Earned Media at Splendid Communications Group. (Revolving Door)

Dushka Zapata joined Ruder Finn to head the agency’s west coast operations. Dushka will become the agency’s Managing Director, Ruder Finn San Francisco, a newly created position. She was most recently Executive Vice President and Head of the San Francisco office for Ogilvy & Mather, where she oversaw the agency’s full offering in San Francisco. (Release)

Resolute Consulting hired John Cohen as executive vice president of its national security strategy and communications practice in Washington, D. C.. Cohen was formerly principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his new role, John will work with Resolute Consulting clients to assess the public environment surrounding complex issues and develop strategic communications and outreach strategies to help solve them.  He will leverage his extensive experience working with the news media and preparing and implementing crisis communications plans for public and private sector entities. (Release)

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Russell Wilson, the college quarterback who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, has chosen French/West/Vaughan as AOR to handle endorsements, PR, and marketing. He’s already been signed by Nike.

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has chosen Ruder Finn as its U.S. and international PR firm amid controversy over the country’s new government. NGOs say the government took power in a coup. The Maldives Commission of National Inquiry is looking into the matter and, Ruder Finn tells The Holmes Report, if the body finds that the government took power illegally, it will resign immediately.

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PepsiCo’s Beverage Group Cuts Agency Ties

PepsiCo’s North American beverage arm is no longer working with Porter Novelli, one of many ties that the company has cut. PepsiCo‘s beverage division has stopped working with about 100 agencies, or about 65 percent of its firm partners, most of them small firms. PepsiCo simply didn’t renew many contracts with these firms.

Ruder Finn will continue to work with the company’s corporate recycling program, but it too has been trimmed from the beverage work.

Weber Shandwick and Olson PR are among the firms (advertising, PR, etc.) that has added business or joined PepsiCo’s list of firm partners. The company hasn’t named those firms that it has cut all together. The beverage group now works with about 50 firms.

[via Ad Age]

Spin the Agencies of Record

Ogilvy PR‘s New York office has added two clients. Stock photo site Shutterstock has chosen the firm for corporate comms and media relations work. And Chumkee developer C-Vibes Ltd has chosen the firm for branding and marketing in the U.S. and abroad. The Chumkee app connects people with talk about video and images.

Deussen Global Communications has added three wine and spirits clients to its roster. The Fladgate Partnership, the family-owned company that’s home to Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, and Croft Ports has chosen the firm for outreach to new consumers and to promote “non-traditional consumption” of the brands. Piedmont, Italy’s Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur has hired the firm to target American audiences. And Napa Valley’s Somerston Wine Co. has chosen the firm for PR services. Work for all clients will include social media strategy, national marketing, and more.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

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General Motors has chosen The Vox Collective as its 2012 U.S. Hispanic agency after a competitive search. The firm will focus on the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac brands. [via]

Caribou Coffee has chosen Ruder Finn as its AOR after a competitive search that included Padilla Speer Beardsley and Ogilvy. The coffee company’s previous AOR, Exponent PR, didn’t participate in the search. [via PRWeek]

The first Harlem Arts Festival has chosen House of Success for media and influencer outreach, and partnership development with the Harlem business community. According to a statement from House of Success founder Sakita Holley, the festival will “shift the spotlight” back to Harlem from Brooklyn, which has gotten a lot of arts attention in recent years. [via]

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Roll Call: APCO, Ruder Finn, The OutCast Agency, and More

James Acheson-Gray has joined APCO Worldwide as MD in London. He was most recently international MD at Grayling. Acheson-Gray steps in for Ed Walsh who is now MD for all of Europe. He has held the London position since 2009.

Paul Yang has been promoted to GM of Ruder Finn Beijing, replacing Leon Liu. Yang has been with the firm for nearly 10 years and served as head of the corporate practice between 2008 and 2011. He’ll report to Elan Shou, MD and SVP of Ruder Finn China. The firm has been building up its China presence in recent months, adding a new head of its arts and culture group, Shou in February, and new fashion clients.

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