PR Seminar, which says it is "not about the practice of communications" (and we agree), holds its annual $1 million off-the-record meeting June 1-4. Ex-CIA head and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been added to program.
Alibaba, the Chinese online retail giant slated for a massive initial public offering, has brought in veteran corporate and government communicator Jim Wilkinson as head of international corporate communications.
American's Health Insurance Plans, the Washington trade group for the health insurance sector, has recruited Brendan Buck, press secretary to House Speaker John Boehner, as spokesman and VP of communications.
Ilitch Holdings, the holding company for Little Caesars Pizza, baseball's Detroit Tigers and hockey's Detroit Red Wings that is playing a key role in redeveloping the beleaguered city's downtown, has brought in Doug Kuiper as VP of corporate communications.
Gil Schwartz, senior executive VP and chief communications officer, CBS, who writes for Fortune magazine under the byline Stanley Bing, addressed 100 people last night at the New York Institute of Technology on the subject of his latest book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts.
Christopher Giglio, a corporate and agency pro most recently executive VP of corporate and crisis communications for HL Group, has moved to The Estee Lauder Companies, New York, as VP of corporate global communications.
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