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Roll Call: SparkPR, Schwartz Media Strategies and The Marshall Project

SparkPR announced the appointment of six prominent executives within its New York and San Francisco offices who are leading new practice areas and further diversifying Sparkpr’s service offerings. Sparkpr has hired and promoted the following executives to take the helm of new practice or service areas in the New York office: Jay Kolbe, managing director, Digital Ad/Marketing; Gregory Papajohn, managing director, Financial Tech & Social Innovation; Linda Chung, director, Broadcast Relations. In San Francisco, new practice areas have recently launched with the hiring of the following executives: Tim Donovan, managing director, Enterprise Tech; Yvette Lorenz-Machlan, managing director, Consumer Tech; Remi Adams, managing director, Health & Wellness. (Release)

Schwartz Media Strategies has named vice president Aaron Gordon a partner. Gordon joined Schwartz Media Strategies in early 2008 and has since been instrumental in expanding the firm’s capabilities and client base in key practice areas reflecting the sectors driving Florida’s economy, including real estate, banking, technology, finance, hospitality, law, municipal affairs and arts and culture. He has led several new business initiatives and helps create and manage media relations, marketing and digital media campaigns. The past year has seen Gordon oversee the launch of the firm’s new website and popular Soundbytes blog. (Release)

Gabriel Dance, the award-winning interactive editor of The Guardian U.S., will join The Marshall Project as managing editor in charge of digital journalism. In his work for The Guardian, and earlier for The New York Times, Dance has won or shared in the highest honors awarded to visual and interactive journalism. They include an Emmy and an Alfred L. Dupont award in 2011 for the story of a year at war with a single infantry unit deployed in Afghanistan; several Online News Association awards; six awards from Malofiej, the premier information graphics competition; and six from the Society for News Design. Dance’s interactive contribution to The Guardian’s coverage of National Security Agency surveillance has won the highest award from the Society for News Design and a World Press Photo award. (Release)


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PR Pro’s Cancer Drug Trial Petition Goes Viral

uckpvswlhhvbqlh-556x313-nopadUntil recently, Mikaela Knapp worked as an account director at San Francisco’s SparkPR. For the past six months, she’s been receiving treatment for an aggressive form of kidney cancer. She is 25 years old.

Her husband, her co-workers and her colleagues in the industry hope that new drugs currently being developed by the major pharmaceutical companies will help her fight her disease—and they’ve gone social with their appeal to Merck and other manufacturers.

Knapp’s husband Keith’s petition, created to convince Merck, Genentech and/or Bristol-Meyers Squibb to include her in a “compassionate use” clinical trial of these new drugs as soon as possible, is on its way to meeting its goal. Thanks at least in part to Knapp’s colleagues at Spark, it has also received media coverage via both local TV stations and tech blogs like VentureBeat and Pando Daily.

Keith writes:

“We fully understand the risks with experimental medicine, but we have nothing to lose and much to gain. Your signature and those of your network will help us publicize our story and hopefully one of these companies will bite at the chance to be involved in the #WeGotThis community.”

Click here for the petition and here for the corresponding Facebook page.

[Pic via Keith Knapp]

Roll Call: B-M, Krupp Kommunications, Pivotal PR

Navy Reserve Rear Admiral Vic Beck (left) has been named MD of the U.S. public affairs practice at Burson-Marsteller. Beck has been in the Navy Reserve for 25 years and serves as vice chief of information for the U.S. Navy. He’ll be based in Washington D.C. and Boston reporting to the chair of the U.S. PA practice, Nate Tibbits. Beck also has 20 years of public affairs experience working with companies and government organizations.

Krupp Kommunications (K2) has launched a parenting division led by Beth Feldman, former VP of comms at CBS and the founder of The parenting division has already won new business like Zarbee’s and will be working with existing clients like Gaiam and the book Bonding Over Beauty by Erika Katz.

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Herman to Lead Bite Communications in North America

michelle-herman-300x300.jpg Bite Communications has appointed Michelle Herman to the general manager, North America position, effective September 13. Herman will be based in San Francisco and oversee additional offices in New York and Toronto.

Herman is replacing Tom Galvin, who also served as a partner with Bite’s sister firm 463 Communications. He held both positions for seven months; he will now focus on his work with 463.

Previously, Herman was SVP and global technology director at Waggener Edstrom. She has also held positions at SparkPR and the Hoffman Agency.