ABC News SVP/chief spokesman Jeffrey Schneider announced that he will be leaving the network to launch his own PR firm, Schneider Global Strategy. Our sister site TVNewser noted that Schneider will remain at ABC through the upcoming midterm elections and that ABC News and Disney/ABC TV will be the first clients at his media relations/crisis management-focused firm. After Schneider’s departure, his former deputy Julie Townsend will run the ABC PR team.
FleishmanHillard opened its first Brazilian office in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo, with the help of local communications holding company Groupo In Press. Junia Nogueira de Sá, a veteran journalist with a history of performing communications work for both public and private entities in Brazil, has been appointed as managing director of FleishmanHillard’s operations in that country. Groupo In Press also involves public affairs and government relations services as well as In Press Media Guide (sports PR), Vbrand (multiplatform videos), and MAP – Mapeamento, Analise & Perspectiva (analysis and measurement).
Arthur Schwartz has joined MWW to serve as SVP/AD of the company’s corporate comms practice. Interestingly, the release describes Schwartz as “a Respected GOP Operative” while MWW CEO Michael Kempner is known for his work in Democratic circles. Schwartz will bring his experience working with clients in heavily regulated industries to bear on responsibilities including “strategic consulting and communications, government affairs, crisis management and litigation strategy,” which he will lead for MWW clients.