Edition, August 27, 2003, Page 1
RF SWITCHES TO JAMAICA
Ruder Finn has switched
Caribbean travel destination accounts, picking up the $1M-plus
Jamaica business and shedding the $500K Barbados Tourism
Authority, which is looking for a PR firm.
The No. 2 independent
firm edged Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum for the business,
according to Peter Martin, whose firm had the Jamaica account
since 1989. "We were encouraged to pitch the business,"
he told O'Dwyer's, but "decided to go out on top."
Martin also said he knew
that the six-figure South Africa account, which was at Patrice
Tanaka & Co., "was coming in." He also expects
a spike in business from his just-created PM Marketing Counselors,
an entity formed to draw up business plans for start-ups
and tour operators.
Peter Martin Assocs. also
had the Jamaica account for six years in the `70s. Martin
said his Stamford, Conn.-based firm helped Jamaica "battle
the perception of safety" issue, and rebound from the
aftershocks of Sept. 11.
Gail Moaney is RF's EVP
of travel and tourism.
GCI's PEARSON SHIFTS TO NOVARTIS
Bob Pearson, president of GCI Group/Americas and chief
of its healthcare unit, is joining pharmaceuticals giant
Novartis on Oct. 1 as head of its worldwide communications.
He succeeds Dieter Wissler- who is resigning after 33 years
of service-and will be based in Basel, Switzerland.
Pearson had worked at CIBA-Geigy, which merged with Sandoz
in 1996 to form Novartis. He also had been VP-global PA
and media relations at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, now Aventis.
Pearson joined GCI in 1998.
Novartis earned $4.7 billion last year on nearly $21 billion
in revenues. Its roster of PR firms includes GCI, Ruder
Finn, Edelman, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Cohn & Wolfe, Chandler
Chicco and Ketchum.
Heyman Assocs. handled the search for Novartis.
EVP-global corporate communications at Visa International,
will leave the company Oct. 1 after a five-year stint. CEO
Malcolm Williams is leaving at the end of the year. A search
is on for a replacement but is not active at the moment.
Barbara "Barie" Carmichael, who was EVP in charge
of corporate rels. at Visa, left the San Francisco-based
company last month. She became a partner at The Brunswick
Group and is stationed at the firm's D.C. office.
NEXT FIFTEEN ACQUIRES APPLIED
London-based Next Fifteen Communications Group is acquiring
Applied Communications Group's PR division.
The plan is to merge Applied's San Francisco office with
Next Fifteen's Bite Communications unit to create a high-tech
firm with revenues in the $14 million range and a payroll
of more than 100 staffers. The deal is to close within a
Next Fifteen's CEO Tim Dyson said globalization was a reason
for the deal. "You don't get invited to big high-tech
pitches" without a global office network in place,
he told O'Dwyer's.
Dyson has been friends with Applied's CEO and founder Alan
Kelly for the past three years. He credits Kelly with practicing
a more aggressive European-like approach to PR. American
PR people, in contrast, are more involved in "process,"
Clive Armitage, Bite's CEO, will move from London to head
the combined entity. Kelly has agreed to consult to Next
Fifteen until the end of the year, and help integrate the
two operations. He remains CEO of Applied Communications
Group, the parent of Applied Analytics.
Kelly said he made the deal because he is more interested
in research and advocacy, than in the nuts and bolts of
PR. He considers the deal the best option for his 40-member
Applied's PR clients include Audodesk Location Services,
BE Systems, SeeBeyond, and VeriSign. Staffers have also
counseled Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and Storage Tek during
the firm's 11 years of operation. Bite counts as clients
Etagon and Access Systems America in the city, as well as
Apple Computer, Sun and Toshiba in Europe.
Next Fifteen is also the parent company of Text 100, which
is one of IBM's PR firms.
WASHINGTON MUTUAL SELECTS
Washington Mutual, the largest residential mortgage lender
which entered the New York market via the acquisition of
Dime Savings, has selected Burson-Marsteller to boost its
The Seattle-based bank considered Manning, Selvage &
Lee, Edelman PR Worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard, Ketchum and
B-M's Sam Lucas, who works on the WM account with Peter
Himler, said the firm is planning a special event for the
bank. Judi Mackey, B-M's corporate/financial practice chair,
leads the PR team.
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WPP GROUP POSTS
13.2% PROFIT DROP
Group Aug. 22 reported a 13.2 percent slip in first-half
operating profit to £174 million on a two percent
drop in revenues.
& Knowlton, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller and
Cohn & Wolfe units combined for about three percent
decline in revenues. WPP CEO Martin Sorrell noted that the
continued recession in the U.K. and Continental Europe,
along with the SARS outbreak in Asia hurt the PR group.
the flip side, Sorrell said markets in North America, which
generate 44 percent of WPP revenues, "have not only
stabilized, but started to show muted growth again."
That uptick began in October, and "July 2003 marks
ten months of continuous growth, albeit limited," according
to the CEO.
said significant deficit spending "in particular for
the 2004 U.S. Presidential election," is stimulating
the U.S. economy. That growth in government spending is
currently greater than at any time since the Vietnam War
in 1967, said Sorrell's statement.
it seems as though we are starting to climb out of the bath,"
said Sorrell, who cautioned about the potential return of
inflation in 2005.
OGILVY LAUNCHES LEVITRA
Ogilvy PR Worldwide is
handling the rollout of the anti-impotence drug Levitra,
which was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer and represents
the first U.S. competition to Pfizer's ubiquitous Viagra.
Michael Fleming, a GlaxoSmithKline
spokesman, told this NL the company does not discuss details
of its outside vendors, but confirmed that Ogilvy was handling
Viagra sales hit $1.7
billion last year among a U.S. male population of 30 million
that say they suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Another Viagra competitor,
Cialis (Eli Lilly), is in the final stages of FDA review
and is expected to add to what the New York Times
has called "a loud chest-thumping contest" to
lead the market.
WELCH DRIVES PR AT VISTEON
Kim Welch, VP of corporate
comms. for automotive component giant Federal-Mogul Corp.,
has left for that same post at Visteon Corp., an $18 billion
Dearborn, Mich.-based competitor.
F-M spokesman Jim Fisher
told this NL Dick Randazzo, senior VP of human resources,
is now overseeing communications.
Welch fills a vacancy
at Visteon Corp. Susan Skerker, former senior VP of corporate
relations and business strategy retired in 2002 and the
company decided to essentially split that post into two
jobs, said Greg Gardner, manager of corporate public affairs.
Welch, who joined Visteon
Aug. 18 after six years at F-M, was previously a senior
A/E on auto accounts at Madison Heights, Mich.-based MVP
Comms. and earlier worked in General Motors' Canadian public
FRISBY SPINS FOR CLARK
Michael Frisby, president
of Washington, D.C., PR firm Walker Marchant Group, has
signed on for the Draft Clark 2004 for President Committee,
a political action committee urging Gen. Wesley Clark to
run for the White House.
Frisby, a former White
House reporter for the Wall Street Journal who covered
five presidential campaigns, is senior advisor for communications
for the push to draft Clark, a 34-year military veteran
and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Kosovo.
size up candidates and evaluate whether they are presidential
'timber,'" Frisby said in a statement. "General
Clark is the real thing."
Clark has said he will make a decision on entering the race
in the next few weeks.
Frisby brushes aside criticism
that Clark is too late to potentially enter the crowded
field for '04, noting the Draft Clark PAC already has 90
regional coordinators in 40 states working at the grassroots
PACYNA TO F-H
Deborah Pacyna, press
secretary to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, left that post just
prior to Bustamante entering the recall race to replace
Gov. Gray Davis. and is slated to join Fleishman-Hillard.
John Segale, GM of F-H's
Sacramento office, told this NL Pacyna begins work Sept.
2 and will head the office's public affairs unit as a VP.
Pacyna split with Bustamante
apparently because she did not believe her boss would enter
the race, says one report. "It was a dream come true,"
she wrote in an e-mail to friends cited by the Sacramento
Bee. "Then Arnold announced, Feinstein stayed out
and the rest is history."
The lieutenant governor's
office confirmed Pacyna's departure and said staffer Louis
Vizcaino has taken the press secretary post.
STATE DEPT. EYES AD CAMPAIGN
The State Dept. has issued
an RFP for an advertising campaign targeting Arab-language
media on the web with the goal of explaining U.S. policy
in the Middle East.
As part of that work,
State also wants to pitch its "Rebuilding Afghanistan"
Arabic site to show that "the U.S. follows through
with its obligations and promises," according to a
copy of the proposal.
The two-month campaign would target seven to ten key Arabic
portals, identified by the government to possibly include
Al-Jazeera (Qatar), MSN Arabia, CNN's Arabic site, Asharq
Al-Awsat (London), Al Bahhar (United Arab Emirates), and
other sites based in Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Ads, which are to include
banners, skyscrapers and pop-ups, are required to show the
U.S. flag and the URL for the State Dept. website being
Proposals, which are to
include both a technical and business pitch, are due Sept.
2. Gerald Guildbert is contracting officer ([email protected]).
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NAMES NEW EDITOR
Sedgwick, 50, will become editor of Automotive News
on Sept. 1.
who was projects editor, will succeed Edward Lapham, 55,
who is moving to a new senior postion in which he will oversee
the paper's editorial pages and other major columns and
who has been with AN for 26 years and has run the newsroom
since 1993, also will become a regular columnist.
Brown, executive editor and associate editor of the Detroit-based
tabloid newsweekly, said the new appointments will put AN
in the "forefront of the many debates taking place
in the industry."
STAR GOSSIP WRITER JOINS US
Marc Malkin, a contributing
editor at New York Magazine, is rejoining Us Weekly
to oversee the "Hot Stuff" gossip column.
Malkin, who with Deborah
Schoeneman, writes the "Intelligencer," a gossip
section in NYM, will replace Michael Lewittes, former news
director of Us, who left to join American Media.
Ken Baker, previously
Los Angeles bureau chief of Us, was promoted to West Coast
Dozier was named a CBS News correspondent based in
Tel Aviv. She had been covering the Middle East for WCBS-TV
(Channel Two), in New York.
de Borchgrave was appointed interim editor-in-chief
of UPI, Washington, D.C., until a permanent replacement
can be named for John O'Sullivan, who has resigned.
While editor, de Borchgrave
will continue as transnational threats director and senior
advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
as well as editor-at-large for The Washington (D.C.) Times.
Palmer has joined The Wall Street Journal as
advertising and marketing reporter.
SMILEY TO HOST LATE-NIGHT
SHOW ON PBS
Tavis Smiley will host
a late-night TV talk show for Public Broadcasting System,
premiering in January.
The nightly show will
feature a mix of news and pop culture, much like Smiley's
show on National Public Radio, which reaches more than one
million listeners a week. It will be taped at KCET studios
Neal Kendall was named
HOUSTON NEWS APPEARS IN SPANISH
The Houston Chronicle
has added Spanish-language coverage to three editions
of "ThisWeek," the paper's weekly neighborhood
These sections go to subscribers
in three areas of Houston which represent more than 115,000,
or 21% of the Chronicle's daily circulation.
Fernando Hernandez, former
editor of the Spanish daily The Laredo Times, is
overseeing the Spanish-language content, which includes
coverage of news, sports and calendar listings, with an
emphasis on events and activities of interest to the Hispanic
SECTION PAYS TRIBUTE TO SALSA
People en Espanol will
publish a 30-page photo-filled section on the life of Celia
Cruz, the "Salsa Queen," who died last month.
The insert, which goes
on sale Sept. 1, marks the first time the magazine has produced
a special section in its six-year history.
a new teen beauty magazine,
will publish its first issue in Winter 2003.
publisher and founding editor, started the magazine's website
in March, offering skincare and fashion tips, celebrity
interviews, advice columns, a shopping mall, prayers for
everyday life, and a message board for readers.
The website also
offers an opportunity for readers to submit their picture
and stories for use in upcoming issues and on the website.
"I refuse to
go through agencies to find models," said Williams,
who is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and can be reached by
calling 904/292-4630; fax: 904/260-3264; [email protected].
new editor John Byrne
said his goal is to run more articles about ideas that will
help people work smarter and lead better, and reflect current
The editorial operations
were recently relocated from Boston to the New York bureau
at 375 Lexington ave., 8th flr., 10017. 212/499-1500.
Debbi Karpowicz Kickham,
who is the on-air TV spokesmodel for Sure Fit slipcovers,
and makes TV appearances as an on-air decorator, is the
new travel correspondent focusing on spas and the destinations
of Hawaii for www.bellaonline,
a women's site.
She seeks information
on Hawaii regarding luxuries, romance, adventure, shopping,
For her "Spas"
column, she can use information about spas around the world
plus product samples, including beauty products and treatments,
anti-aging, sun protection, slimming cuisine and recipes,
new exercises and equipment, and celebrity clients.
She also wants to get information about decorating, bargains,
do-it-yourself projects and easy crafts.
Her address is 119
Fisher st., Westwood, MA 02090. 781/407-9305; fax: 407-9306;
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TV NEWS PRODUCER LIKES QUICK
Bella-Henry, who is the senior editorial producer of "Lou
Dobbs Tonight," believes Capitol Hill press secretaries
have mastered the art of pitch making.
say, 'This is who we've got, this is the story, this is
what's happening on the Hill, do you want so-and-so,'"
Bella-Henry, who is the main PR contact for the New York-based
general news program, told PR News.
show, which has replaced the business-oriented "Moneyline,"
airs each weekday on CNN and CNNfn from 6-7 p.m. (ET).
show has at least three top-level guests who provide analysis
of the day's news.
said publicists should try pitching her by phone between
1 and 2 p.m. (ET). She said e-mail pitches are okay, but
there is no guarantee she will reply that day.
show has several segments, including "CEO of the Week,"
which runs on Fridays; "Editor's Circle," featuring
Rik Kirkland, managing editor of Fortune, Stephen
Shephard, editor-in-chief of Business Week, and Steve
Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, also runs on Fridays;
"Corporate Crime Scoreboard," which airs everyday,
and "Face Off," a debate focusing on current issues,
that runs on Wednesdays.
has started running a series of special reports every Thursday,
called "American Classics." Recent reports have
focused on such topics as baseball, Harley Davidson Motorcycles
and Mark Twain.
is located at 5 Penn plaza, New York, NY 10001; 212/714-5800;
VIACOM MAY TEST MTV MAGAZINE
Viacom is ready to start
a music magazine with strong tie-ins to programming on MTV,
the cable TV music network.
MTV Magazine will
compete against Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe,
Blender, and Tracks, a new music title set
to start in November.
Two test issues will be
published and distributed on newsstands in October and December.
The target audience will be 18 to 24-year-old men and women.
The first test issue will
feature an article on "Spankin' New," a series
spotlighting new artists that runs periodically throughout
the year on MTV.
The second issue will
feature a recap of the big stories of 2003, playing off
MTV's year-end "Rewind" program.
If the test issues are
successful, plans are to go bimonthly in 2004.
Editorial content also
will focus on new entertainment products, including DVDs,
video games, and tech toys.
Bob Moses heads up the
in-house editorial team.
Senior" columnist Jim Miller, whose year-old
column runs in more than 400 newspapers, has become a senior
expert, according to Editor & Publisher.
Miller, 40, made appearances
on the "Today" show on Aug. 12, 13, and 14 to
demonstrate "senior gadgets." He also appeared
on the NBC morning show in July.
Topics covered in his
weekly column are volunteerism, employment, taxes, grandparenting,
health, insurance, travel, Medicare, and Social Security.
Miller, who lives in Norman,
Okla., can be reached at www.savvysenior.org.
Wall Street Journal
has expanded healthcare coverage to every issue.
The ad department is running
full page ads that say a survey found 79% of the Journal's
readers make the majority of healthcare decisions for their
Most of the articles run
in the "Personal Journal" section on the "Health
& Family" page.
which features articles about customized cars of rappers
and athletes, has become a "force in the urban car
scene," according to USA Today.
Since its start three
years ago, Dub's circulation has grown from 30,000 to 150,000.
Myles Kovacs, 29, who
co-founded the magazine, which is based in City of Industry,
Calif., told USA Today that "a lot of people's first
impression of Dub is it's about thugs and gangsters. But
it's about youth culture, clothes, music and cars."
MTV uses Kovacs to produce
its "Cribs" show when it features celebrities'
56, who was senior executive producer in charge of newsmagazines
at ABC News, has parted after 30 years with the network,
to join "The Early Show" on CBS as a producer.
a TV reporter and columnist for The Los Angeles Times
since 1996, has joined Daily Variety as a media columnist
and TV critic.
was named executive editor of V Life, a monthly from
succeed Tapp as managing editor, special reports.
34, was named news editor of The Washington (D.C.) Times.
'HACKS VS. FLACKS' GAME SCHEDULED
Members of the New
York Financial Writers' Assn. have been asked to "bring
a glove and your favorite PR friend" to Central Park
on Sept. 7 to play in the first annual "Hacks vs. Flacks"
The game, which
will start at 2 p.m., will be played on the Great Lawn,
Field #7, near West 84th st. Food and refreshments will
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ANALYSTS STUDY TO CATCH 'LIARS'
analysts insist on in-person interviews with corporate executives
in order to be able to read their "body language"
and see if they are "lying," the recent annual
conference of the National IR Institute was told. "The
best analysts know when they're being lied to, they just
know it," said Jeff Knight, chief investment officer
of Putnam Investments, Boston.
got a guy working for me with almost 40 years in the business
and he sniffs it out within 30 seconds of an interview,"
Knight said as a panelist on the "Portfolio Managers'
roundtable is the highlight of NIRI's annual conference
because speakers represent institutions that buy huge quantities
turned to the analysts' desire for in-person meetings with
CEOs and CFOs.
said his company "actually spent some time and money
training our analysts to evaluate the honesty of people
in meetings." He noted there were stories in the media
on this. If Putnam becomes concerned about a company's quality
of earnings, in-person interviews are sought to "evaluate
the honesty and credibility" of the executives, he
described how Putnam analysts received lessons in how to
evaluate "body language."
The lessons were so popular that "we hired consultants
from the government, the branch that tends to be good at
these things," he said, touching off laughter in the
was great," he continued. "We had a video of executives
and their various mannerisms. The value is that a lot of
it is counter-intuitive. If they're making eye contact,
you think they're being honest. Not necessarily."
best analysts know when they're being lied to," he
concluded. The NIRI conference was held June 8-11 in Orlando,
of 48 sessions can be purchased for $10 each from Convention
Lisa Shalett, CEO of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told
one session that IR people should stop using "bullying
techniques" on analysts.
'OPPOSITION RESEARCH' DEEMED
proposal by a Chicago PR firm for improving the image of
Maryville Academy, which is run by Chicago's Roman Catholic
archdiocese, was rejected on the grounds it would use immoral
& Assocs. had proposed the state's largest private child
welfare agency, which has been under fire for the past year,
consider using an outside agent to "conduct opposition
research," according to The Chicago Tribune.
Simons, a Temple Univ. professor with a specialty in political
communications, told the Tribune that political experts
define opposition research as an effort "to dig up
dirt on an opponent."
rejecting the proposal, James Guidi, Maryville's new program
director, told the Tribune it was "unfortunate that
the PR firm has not done their research well enough to realize
that as a Catholic institution it would be immoral to do
this kind of research."
told the Tribune that his proposal to conduct opposition
research meant doing background research on Maryville itself,
not its critics.
NYRA TURNS TO AMG FOR CRISIS
New York Racing Assn. has hired Abernathy MacGregor Group
to handle the crisis following the fallout connected with
a blistering report issued in June by the state's Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer charging staffers with money laundering
and loan-sharking operations at its Aqueduct, Belmont Park
and Saratoga tracks.
Associated Press reported on Aug. 17 that federal prosecutors
may soon indict the NYRA for conspiracy to commit tax fraud.
Alan Hevesi, NYS comptroller, is expected to soon add to
NYRA's image woes by releasing an audit expected to be critical
about NYRA money management.
NYRA, last month, retained Omnicom's Safir Rosetti unit
to improve security at the tracks.
AMG, which is owned by France's Havas, would not comment
about how it landed the NYRA account.
A&R RE-BRANDS PALM
Partners is helping personal digital assistant leader Palm
Inc. change its name to palmOne following its planned purchase
of rival Handspring and fall spin-off of its software unit,
staffer Jennifer Stryd said the firm has been with Palm
since it launched its first product in 1996 and is supporting
its re-branding and other efforts.
Products will begin carrying the new name next year. Palm's
stock exchange listing will also change, from PALM to PLMO
and PSCR. The company's well-known blue and silver button
logo will also change to brown and orange letters spelling
out its new name.
GCI SQUARES OFF VS. PN IN
Holdings announced Aug. 18 that it will successfully defend
itself against a patent infringement lawsuit filed against
it by archrival Gillette. The St. Louis-based company said
it is sticking to its plan to launch the Schick Quattro,
the world's first four-bladed razor, next month.
Group is handling the Quattro debut, promoting it as the
"most advanced razor for men." The Quattro, according
to Energizer, is a result of a "significant investment
in resources" that created a "portfolio of numerous
Mach3 and Mach3Turbo systems generated $2B+ in revenues
last year. The company plans to launch the Mach3 TurboChampion
next month. It is to be priced like the Quattro at $8.99.
Porter Novelli is in charge of Gillette's shaving products.
A PN spokesperson scoffed at the notion of "razor wars."
of Global Consulting Group's PA practice in New York, has
been named a board member at Houston-based Goodrich Petroleum.
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vacationing in the Hamptons, we spotted a gem of an article
about friendship and selling that should be part of any
PR pro's professional development kit.
Gitomer, writing in the Long Island Business News
July 25-31, says people want to do business with their friends
and estimates that more than 50% of sales are made and business
relationships kept because of friendship.
and it goes double for PR.
to make friends, he asks? Take your prospects to ball games;
the theater; concerts; breakfasts, lunch or dinner;
seminars given by your company, etc.
your customer has kids, get a few tickets to an I-Max theater.
Go on the weekend...an I-Max movie is great fun and it ain't
just for kids."
away sports and other tickets to prospects, he says. Go
with them and spend "a few quality hours" with
them, he advises. Gitomer, who has lived in Charlotte, N.C.,
says friendships are "much easier to establish in the
brings something "of value to the table" can get
into the "good ol' boys network," he advises.
"Join a business association and get involved,"
he urges. Gitomer is author of The Sales Bible and
is reachable at 704/333-1112 or [email protected].
old saw that we believe in is that "the best business
lunch is where no business is discussed." It's
an important lesson for newcomers to PR who are unaware
that PR firms and corporate PR depts. once had numerous
events where reporters could meet and get to know their
PR people, who were seen as salespeople to the press. PR
pros were encouraged to make as many friends as possible
in the media.
This no doubt
helped when it came time for the PR pro to place a story
or get a viewpoint published. Also, press friends were more
likely to keep the PR pros informed of industry developments
and call them before writing about their companies or clients.
Many a PR
firm was started by pros who built up a large stable of
press contacts this way.
This model is still followed by some in PR but the more
current trend is for PR people to have strictly business
relationships with reporters.
only ones able to follow the "friendship" model
are independent counselors with their own expense accounts
and no parent company that keeps close tabs on all their
continue to haunt the nominating committee of PRSA. It
wants to dump Phil Ryan, a director from New York who has
been a PRSA member since 1976 and a Fellow since 1997, in
favor of Michael Cherenson of Livingston, N.J., who joined
PRSA in 1994 and who only became APR in June. Ryan is known
as a director who is not afraid to speak out...another
outspoken director, Jeff Seideman, is also being dumped.
He had the nerve to oppose the board in its support of Nike
in Nike vs. Kasky and even included that criticism in materials
sent to the nomcom. His replacement is none other than Anthony
D'Angelo of Carrier Corp. in Syracuse, who is a part-time
teacher in the Newhouse unit of Syracuse University, where
treasurer nominee Maria Russell is also based. The nomcom
has picked two directors from Syracuse and none from New
York City...we think
both Ryan and Seideman have been double-crossed.
They were talked into being one-year directors of PRSA.
A bylaw was passed so they could succeed themselves into
regular three-year terms. They did not expect an ambush
by the next nomcom. While no one was put up against Judy
Phair for president-elect, two candidates each were put
up against Seideman and Ryan...sources
say an attempt was made to pit Russell against Phair
and this effort is what consumed the extra week needed
for the nominations. Russell got the big publicity boost
in the 2003 Bluebook. Nomcom chair Kathy Lewton says
nomcom deliberations are confidential...this
tight secrecy, when candidates are saying they have been
subjected to unfair criticism by PRSA leaders and
there appear to be other abuses, calls to mind the tight
secrecy that Enron, Worldcom, etc., enforced. The candidates
say they signed no confidentiality agreement and can disclose
these e-mails if they wish to...Ken
Kerrigan, who was proposed as a director from the Tri-State
district and even told initially that he had won,
is at Ernst & Young, a client of Fleishman-Hillard,
where Lewton also works. Kerrigan will receive a masters
in communications from the Newhouse School this fall...if
the nomcom gets its way, PRSA will be headed two years in
a row by PR pros from the academic world. Russell
works full time in it and Phair's background is heavily
educational (teacher at Goucher College and Towson Univ.,
PR for Johns Hopkins, Univ. of Michigan and Univ. of Cincinnati,
etc). The nomcom is top heavy with five APR-supporting academic
reps (Judy Turk, Virginia Commonwealth; Melvin Sharpe, Ball
State; Ann Major, Pennsylvania State; Dean Kazoleas, Illinois
State, and Susan Barnes, Middle Tennessee State). In addition,
Betsy Plank of Chicago, an ardent APR supporter, became
a late arrival to the nomcom when Karen Breakell of Florida
could not attend. Plank worked with 20 other ex-PRSA presidents
last year to block the at-large student membership proposal.