Linda McMahon, the former chief of World Wrestling Entertainment who lost two expensive bids for the U.S. senate, has taken a part-time role with APCO Worldwide as a member of its international advisory council.
Herbalife, the nutrition products company which continues to fight activist investor Bill Ackman's accusations that it's a pyramid scheme, has engaged Washington, D.C., support alongside its existing PR roster as pressure mounts for an FTC probe.
The American Civil Liberties Union has hired Edelman vice chair and high-profile GOP advisor Steve Schmidt to lead a $10M campaign for marriage equality across the 50 states which the group acknowledges will need Republican support.
Paula Deen, the disgraced TV chef who broke into tears on the "Today" show this morning, has relied on her Los Angeles PR firm and brought in additional counsel since the crisis sparked by her admission to using a racial epithet in a deposition.
Zak Gilbert, the Oakland Raiders PR head who was fired earlier this month after reports that the team's owner didn't like a Sports Illustrated feature about the franchise, has landed with the Cleveland Browns in a key PR role.
More than 1,400 members of the International Assn. of Business Communicators were present last night in the New York Hilton as nearly 300 Gold Quill Awards were handed out in eight different categories.
Blumenfeld and Associates, a Stamford, Conn., PR firm, aided a team of eye care professionals who provided examinations, eyeglasses and cataract surgeries to 700 villagers in Nepal's remote Mustang region in late May.
The Los Angeles PR executive who crafted First Lady Michelle Obama's image over the past three years is stepping down for the top communications slot at L'Oreal USA, while another cosmetics communications exec steps into the East Wing.
News Corp., which is splitting into two units on Friday, has moved its chief communications officer, Julie Henderson, to media and entertainment company 21st Century Fox, while former Dow Jones VP leads comms. for the new newspaper and publishing operation.
But she sure has made a king-sized calamity of her run-in with racism.
Every move she's made to tamp down her crisis – from reneging on a "Today" show interview to prematurely announcing (by about three hours) a You Tube response to finally issuing and then retracting said response – has only burned the sassy Savannah chef even further.
Let's review her crisis management mistakes thus far and figure out how she gets her mojo back; and she can if she acts quickly and is smart...
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