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Roll Call: H&K’s CMO To Retire, JPMorgan Chase, WE, Business Wire, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Hill & Knowlton’s CMO Tony Burgess-Webb has announced his plans to retire in February. Burgess-Webb joined the firm in 1985 and led the firm into the digital space in the 1990s. A spokesperson for the firm says a regional structure established by Burgess-Webb will take on his responsibilities.

Powell Tate EVP Howard Opinsky is joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. as MD of corporate communications, eMoneyDaily.com reports.  In his new position, Opinsky will report to Joe Evangelisti, MD and head of global media relations.

Corey Kalbfleisch has been promoted to Waggener Edstrom’s CFO. Kalbfleisch joined the firm in 2009 as VP of financial planning and analysis.

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Hill & Knowlton CEO Paul Taaffe Named Jury President of Cannes PR Lions

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Paul Taaffe, Global Chairman and CEO of WPP agency Hill & Knowlton has been appointed Jury President of the PR Lions category at Cannes Lions 2010, the agency announced today. Cannes is generally regarded as the largest marketing and advertising awards festival in the world. “Last year PR agencies were newbies, and so two thirds of PR Lions submissions worldwide were from advertising agencies. This year the global PR industry has no excuse,” said Taaffe in a statement.

Hill & Knowlton is working with Cannes to appeal to a broader marketing audience, including PR agencies. Some have even said the festival should consider changing its name to appeal to this audience.

Tony Burgess-Webb, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Hill & Knowlton told PRNewser, “I certainly think they should,” when asked in October if the festival will drop the word advertising from its title to appeal to a broader audience. Cannes Lions CEO Philip Thomas denied a name change is being considered.

Is Cannes Dropping ‘Advertising’ From Festival Title to Appeal to Broader Audience? CEO Says No

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The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is the most prominent advertising festival in the world. This past year, the festival added a PR category for the first time, and awards were won by Weber Shandwick, MS&L Worldwide, Taylor and Ketchum.

Tony Burgess-Webb, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Hill & Knowlton, told PRNewser that PR submissions “were low” with 450 entries. “The number of the PR category entries that actually came from PR agencies was less than 43%, and the winning entry came from a Sydney-based ad agency,” he said. “So from point of view of panel of judges – Hill and Knowlton had two judges on panel – it was pretty disappointing.”

Burgess said that the Cannes team asked what they could do about the low turnout in regards to PR. In response, Hill & Knowlton hosted an event with the PRCA – PRSA’s equivalent in the UK – and invited 100 agencies to come in and hear about how they can win a gold at Cannes next year. “The fact is it’s not an advertising festival, it’s a marketing communications festival. Why not drop the whole title,” asked Burgess-Webb. “I certainly think they should,” he said.

Asked if the festival is dropping advertising from the title this year to appeal to a broader audience, Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions said, “No, that’s not correct” and did not elaborate further.