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Roll Call: The Glover Park Group, Kravetz PR and More

Jenni LeCompte, an Obama administration veteran who served as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of the Treasury before working as a consultant, has joined D.C.’s The Glover Park Group as managing director. LeCompte acted as deputy assistant secretary until Obama promoted her in 2011, and in her new role she will work across the firm’s strategic communications and financial services practices.

In the release, Glover Park CEO Chip Smith cites LeCompte’s “rarely matched experience”. While working for the administration, she handled media relations, speechwriting and business/public liaison concerns while advising top officials like Secretary Tim Geithner on how best to communicate with the public. Prior to joining Obama’s team, she served as deputy CEO for public affairs for the Democratic National Convention Committee and managed messaging for the 2008 event. Previous roles include director of communications for the Recording Industry Association of America and positions within the Clinton White House press office and the comms operations of Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer.

LeCompte holds a B.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Kravetz PR has named Larry Fink the new vice president of the company. Fink brings 10 years of PR experience, which spans from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas where he served as the executive director of Public Relations to Planet Hollywood International in Los Angeles as the vice president of Public Relations/Celebrity Entertainment. Prior to the Palms, Fink was a segment producer at Access Hollywood. (Release)

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Roll Call: Glover Park Group, Susan Magrino Agency and Egencia

The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced that Oliver Phillips joined the firm as a managing director, working across the company’s Public Affairs, Media Relations and Corporate Communication Practices. Oliver joins GPG from Brunswick Group, where he founded the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practice. Prior to joining Brunswick, Oliver ran global media strategy for UNICEF from 2003 to 2006, overseeing communications for the agency’s priority campaigns. Accompanying executive director Carol Bellamy, he led the first fact finding mission by a UN Agency head to the Darfur region of Sudan and oversaw global campaigns focused on access to clean water, reducing child mortality and increasing the availability of affordable pediatric AIDS drugs. From 2001 to 2003, he was senior advisor and communications director for California Governor Gray Davis, where, in the midst of the state’s energy crisis, he led communications for the nation’s first carbon emissions act. (Release)

Susan Magrino Agency announced first quarter internal promotions for several executive team members. Ana Calle has been promoted to senior account supervisor. She joined the agency as account supervisor in 2012 and continues to work on the Food, Wine & Spirits team. Bailey Horn has been promoted to account supervisor. Horn joined the agency as senior account executive in 2011, she will continue to work in the Consumer Division with a focus on beauty, health & wellness as well as fashion. Molly Peterson has been promoted to vice president in the Consumer Division overseeing the Home Furnishings & Design team. Peterson joined the agency in 2013 as senior account director. Brent Price has been promoted to senior account executive. She joined the agency as a trainee in 2011, and continues to work in the Consumer Division. John Rice has been promoted to senior account executive. Rice also joined the agency as a trainee in 2011 and continues to work in the Consumer Division. Annie Taplin has been promoted to account director for the Spirits team. She joined the agency in 2011 as senior account supervisor for the Travel, Food, Wine & Spirits divisions and will now oversee the Spirits portfolio for the agency. (Release)

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Roll Call: Glover Park Group, VOX Global, Behan Communications and More

The Glover Park Group announced that John Hughes joined the firm as a senior vice president in the Government Affairs practice. Hughes will be based in GPG’s Washington, D.C. office and will work on a broad range of the firm’s clients. John was most recently senior policy advisor to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on financial services, trade, manufacturing, small business, housing, and consumer protection issues. Previously, John served as counsel to the House Financial Services Committee and, prior to joining the Committee’s majority staff in 2007, was managing director of tax advocacy at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. (Release)

VOX Global announced its recent hire of John Dunagan, who will join the VOX leadership team as a senior vice president. Most recently, Dunagan served as senior vice president at DDC Advocacy. Prior to DDC, Dunagan co-founded CrossLink Strategy Group (later Mercury) where he pioneered unique issue advocacy techniques including Media Where it Matters and RootsTube. Dunagan will work out of the firm’s Washington, DC office location. (Release)

Jonathan Cohen has been named chief operating officer at Behan Communications. Cohen joined Behan Communications in 2012 to help lead the firm’s expansion. He has an extensive background in journalism, government and public affairs and has led a number of strategic communications firms to success and played a leading role in the turnaround of two technology companies. Formerly a publisher of Commentary Magazine and an advisor to New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Jon also has served as president of The Weiser Group, a global public relations firm, and of Cohen Strategic LLC, an international consulting group. (Website)

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“Green” DC Lobbying Firm Suddenly Loves Biofuels

One unspoken law rules the PR industry: the client’s interests always come first. And if the interests of a certain client happen to directly contradict the interests of a former client? Well, that’s just the way the game is played.

Still, we can’t help but feel a little awkward when reading about the recent adventures of Washington, DC lobbying firm The Glover Park Group. Why? Because the group, which was founded in 2001 by a team of White House veterans, made a name for itself in 2008 by creating a media campaign aimed at the ethanol industry in the interest of persuading the government to eliminate certain tax benefits that heavily favored the producers of ethanol, aka grain alcohol, aka corn. In case you haven’t heard, corn equals big money and big politics in those heartland “swing states” you hear so much about—which is why no politician in his or her right mind will risk inducing the wrath of big ethanol.

But Glover Park recently performed what we like to call “a complete 180” by signing on to perform PR work for The Renewable Fuels Association, a government lobbying group that represents…you guessed it, the ethanol industry.

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Roll Call: Ron Sachs Communications Acquires Vicki Johnson Communications, The Glover Park Group Hires New Talent, and More

Longtime Atlanta Hawks vice president of public relations Arthur Triche has been fired. According to NewsOK, Triche had been with the Hawks since 1989 as the team’s top contact for media, and was a fixture in the Atlanta sports scene. On Wednesday a Hawks rep called Triche’s exit “a personnel decision” but did not release a statement on the move. (NewsOK)

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney Co. veteran Vicki Johnson will be bringing her marketing and tourism strategies to Ron Sachs Communications, one of Florida’s top public relations firms. Sachs recently acquired Vicki Johnson Communications as part of a continued expansion across the state’s public and private sectors. Johnson founded her agency in 2009 after working with Disney for more than a decade. She will serve as Sachs’ senior vice president of Central Florida operations. (Orlando Sentinel)

The Glover Park Group (GPG), a nationally-recognized strategic communications and government relations firm, has announced that Sanuber Bilguvar Grohé and Elie Jacobs have joined the firm’s New York office as vice presidents in the Strategic Communications practice. Grohé and Jacobs are the latest additions to the firm’s fast-growing New York office. Drawing from their experience in managing high-profile, high-stakes corporate communications and public affairs programs, they will be instrumental in helping deepen the firm’s client relationships in New York. (Release)

Snapp Conner PR, award-winning Utah public relations firm, has announced that Brad Warnock has been named vice president of PR services. Warnock comes to Snapp Conner PR with more than 20 years of public relations, marketing and sales experience. (Sacramento Bee)

Scott Tegethoff has been named executive director and global accounts, managing partner transformation, at OMD. He had been executive vice-president and managing partner at Universal McCann. (AgencySpy)

Lane Buschel has been named vice president, communications, at Glam Media. He had been co-founder at First Person Communications. (mb)

Al Gore’s ‘Climate Reality Project’ To Host 24-Hour Broadcast Event

The Glover Park Group, working with “retired” advertising super star Alex Bogusky, is launching two short ads for the Climate Reality Project, former Vice President Al Gore’s crusade against climate change. The Project will kick off “24 Hours of Reality” on September 14, a round-the-clock online broadcast event that will show the impact of climate change across 24 time zones. It’ll air once every hour in 13 languages.

The ads are called “The Fat Lady Sings” and “The Denial Has Hit the Fan,” and they show an overweight opera singer, and something brown hitting a fan, respectively.

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Myers on Her Move to Glover Park

Myers_9_25.jpg Yesterday, The Glover Park Group announced that former White House press secretary to President Bill Clinton, Dee Dee Myers, had joined the firm as MD of its public affairs practice. Today, Myers spoke with PRNewser about the transition to PR, what she’s looking forward to, and what public affairs practitioners can do to prepare this election year.

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