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Edition, July 19, 2006, Page 1
LANDS 811 PR ACCOUNT.
beat an initial field of 26 firms to guide a national PR
campaign for the energy industry to prevent pipeline damage
the umbrella of the Common Ground Alliance, entities like
ExxonMobil, Shell, and the American Gas Assn. are developing
a national 811 phone system for consumers to call before
digging or excavating in order to curb millions of dollars
in damage sustained each year to underground pipes and cables.
811 system is expected to be fully operational by next April.
Washington, D.C.-based team emerged with a unanimous decision
by the CGAs education, marketing and communications
committee from among eight finalists following an RFP in
firm is charged with developing a nationwide education campaign
slated to kickoff early next year. Do-it-yourselfers are
a key target demographic.
FCC designated 811 as a national call before you dig
hotline to unify disparate 800 numbers across the U.S.
MATTHEWS CHECKS IN AT MARRIOTT.
Kathleen Matthews, an
anchor/reporter at ABC News 7 (WJLA-TV) in Washington, D.C.,
becomes executive VP-global communications & PA at Marriott
International on Dec. 1. She reports to CEO J.W. Marriott,
Matthews anchored the
evening news at ABC-7 for 15 years. She co-hosted Capital
Sunday, a half-hour program on current events, and
hosted Working Women, a magazine talk show viewed
in 75 markets.
Marriott, in a statement,
called Matthews an award-winning, respected and highly
visible journalist. He praised her as a committed
citizen who is dedicated to improving the quality
of life in D.C.
She is president of the
National Council for the Shakespeare Theatre, Mount Vernon
National Advisory Board and serves on the board of Catholic
Charities Foundation, Black Student Fund and Suited for
Matthews succeeds Charlotte
Sterling, who is retiring at yearend. She joined Marriott
Paster has stepped down from WPP Groups board of directors
and plans to relinquish his executive VP/PR position by
the end of the year.
former lobbyist wants to either work part-time at WPP or
serve as a consultant. Paster also has been serving as chairman
of Burson-Marsteller, teaching new CEO Mark Penn the ropes.
DIMARIA EXITS MOTOROLA.
Valerie DiMaria, who joined
Motorola as VP-communications and public affairs in December
04, exited the $39B electronics giant in May. I
am still in Chicago, but am looking for opportunities back
from where I am from, the Bronx native told ODwyers.
DiMaria, who kept her
house in Connecticut, enjoyed her time at Motorola and feels
that she did a good job positioning CEO Ed Zander, who joined
the company at the beginning of 04, in the marketplace.
She plans to take the rest of the summer off before scouting
for a job in the tri-state New York metro area.
The 49-year-old PR pro
had held the VP-corporate PR post at GE Capital and was
president of GCI Group before shifting to Motorola, where
she had reported to chief marketing officer Geoffrey Frost
who died suddenly last November.
ACLU USES WATTS FOR VRA.
The American Civil Liberties
Union has hired the Republican lobbying shop, J.C. Watts
Cos., to win reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act that
was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.
That push took a big step
forward on July 13 as the House voted by a big margin to
renew various provisions of the Act that would have expired
next year. Conservatives wanted to dump parts of the Act,
such as the requirement of bilingual ballots and the stationing
of federal election observers at polls where there is evidence
of efforts to intimidate minority voters.
J.C. Watts, the former
Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, spearheads the lobbying
drive. He is assisted by Jon Vandenheuval, who was executive
director of the House Republican Conference, and Tripp Baird,
ex-aide to Florida Senator Mel Martinez.
The VRA reauthorization
now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
OESTREICHER JUMPS TO ZENO.
Paul Oestreicher, head
of Hill & Knowltons U.S. healthcare practice,
has joined Zeno Group in that same capacity as managing
director of the Edelman units New York office. He
takes over for Charlotte Wray, who left the firm last month
for Omnicoms Mosaic Health Communications.
Earlier in his career,
Oestreicher was GM of Edelmans Chicago-based health
He joined H&K from
DeVries, where he was managing director of that firms
healthcare practice. Oestreicher previously worked at Wyeth
Laboratories and Hoffman-LaRoche.
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BURNISHES GREEN IMAGE.
Stores hosted Al Gore at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters
on July 12 to highlight its new found commitment to improving
former Vice President screened his movie about the threat
from global warming, An Inconvenient Truth,
for Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and executives from supplier
were summoned to Bentonville to participate in Wal-Marts
quarterly sustainable value network meeting
to show how their companies are increasing energy efficiency
and curbing greenhouse gas.
was joined by Jim Ball, executive director of the Evangelical
Environmental Network, the group behind the What Would
Jesus Drive campaign.
also burnished its green credentials in June
by hiring environmentalists Amory and Hunter Lovins
Rocky Mountain Institute.
is helping Wal-Mart develop a plan to double the fuel efficiency
of its delivery truck fleet by 2015 and to make its large
retail stores more environmentally friendly.
handles Wal-Marts makeover.
WATSON TAKES KEY NIELSEN PR
Karen Watson, a veteran
government and public affairs communicator, has taken a
SVP/communications post with Nielsen Media Research and
parent VNUs Media Measurement and Information Group
in New York.
She takes over responsibility
for press relations, external communications, marketing
support and communication to clients, reporting to chief
communications officer Jack Loftus.
Watson had served on an
independent task force on television measurement that reported
to Nielsen in 2005 on measuring minority audiences. Nielsen
took considerable heat from critics last year. Organized
by News Corp. and the PR firm Glover Park Group under the
Dont Count Us Out Coalition moniker in
2005, that group said the company was undercounting minorities
in its TV metrics.
Susan Whiting, Nielsens
president and CEO, said in a press release announcing Watsons
hire that the monitoring industry is in an important
transitional period when its important
that we communicate extensively with clients, the media
and the public.
The company recently announced
it would begin tracking commercials, raising some eyebrows
in the ad industry.
Watson was VP of government
relations for Echostar Satellite from 1996-05, opening the
companys Washington, D.C., office and lobbying the
White House and Congress on its behalf.
For two years prior, she
served as director of the office of public affairs at the
Federal Communications Commission, directing media relations,
public outreach and responses to public inquiries.
Watson earlier held several
posts at PBS and NPR, including deputy project director
for the production of the PBS series Africans in America.
She was also press secretary for the House Select Committee
on Narcotics Abuse and Control.
IPRA HONORS GLOBAL PR EFFORTS.
Edelman and Weber Shandwick
were the top winners of the International PR Associations
Golden Awards for Excellence in PR, announced last week.
Edelman won four while
WS took home three awards and two honorable mentions in
the annual competition, which saw 323 entries across 41
countries for 21 awards this year.
Edelman earned nods for
the Dove Real Beauty campaign in the traditional
media relations category, and for an advocacy and lobbying
effort called Free Them Now for the Moroccan
American Center for Policy. That effort created a groundswell
of international pressure and led to the release of 408
Moroccans, recognized as the worlds longest held prisoners
of war, who were held in camps in north Africa, according
A WS-created internal
communications campaign for American Airlines called Fuel
Smart and a pro-bono effort for the group War Child
about the effects of war on children were among the firms
Hill & Knowlton won
two awards for Londons 2012 Olympic bid and for a
campaign in Germany about natural gas from Russia.
London-based Kaizo also
earned two awards from IPRA for hotel/tourism work for DLR
and in the fast moving consumer goods category for Accantia.
SORRELL SHINES IN SUN.
WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell
is bullish on online advertising, predicting that Internet-related
revenues will account for 30 percent of the ad/PR congloms
revenues in ten years.
The Internet currently
generates 15 percent of WPPs total $10B revenues,
Sorrell told the New York Sun. The paper featured
the interview and put a photo of the British CEO on its
July 13 front page.
Sorrell said though Google
threatens to compete with WPP by setting up electronic
platforms to buy and sell media, the biggest threat
from the search company comes from its wealth.
He noted that Google with
$5B in revenues has a market cap of $130B, while WPPs
cap is $15B. Of Google, he said: They are not stupid.
They have firepower.
WPP is not betting on
technologies. We provide advertising content for whatever
platform people are reading, watching or listening to,
Sorrell told Diane Francis during an interview in WPPs
New York office.
EDELMAN GUIDES ESMARK
Edelman is guiding Esmark,
the Chicago-based steel distributor which plans to launch
a proxy fight for control of Wheeling-Pittsburgh.
Esmark calls W-P an under-capitalized
entity with a history of earnings disappointments.
The steel company, which emerged from Chapter 11 in 03,
posted a $33M loss last year on $1.6B revenues.
Esmark faults W-Ps
board and wants to shut down W-Ps integrated blast
furnace and invest in facilities that can compete with lower
cost mini-steel mills. Esmark claims to have the support
of the United Steel Workers.
Since its formation in
03, Esmark has acquired nine steelmakers.
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AXES ANOTHER 120.
Tribune Co., which launched a $2.5B stock buyback plan in
March, is cutting another 120 people from its 3,000 member
work force. The Chicago-based media combine ended 05
by cutting 90 staffers.
company says it will decide by Labor Day what staffers will
get the boot. The cutbacks are part of CEO Dennis FitzSimons
plan to pare expenses by $200M.
publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles
Times, Baltimore Sun and Newsday, reported
July 13 that second quarter net dropped 62 percent to $85.7M.
CALIFORNIAN HELPS AL-QAEDA
A 27-year-old Californian
is the creative brain behind Al-Qaeda's propaganda pieces,
according to NBC News.
Adam Gadahn, a former
heavy metal music fanatic who grew up on a goat farm, is
credited with crafting highly polished and professional
videos for the terror group.
He converted to Islam
in 96 after spending many hours surfing the Net
to learn about the religion.
Gadahn, who is now known
as Assam the American, was recruited to Al-Qaeda
by a Palestinian-American, whom he followed on a religious
pilgrimage to Pakistan.
It is suspected that Gadahn
played a role in producing the videos dealing with the attack
on the U.S.S. Cole destroyer in 2000 and the Al-Qaeda training
camps in Afghanistan.
Gadahns voice is
first heard on a video praising the "heroic" hijackers
and urging Muslims to follow the footsteps of these
heroes and destroy the remnants of this idol America.
The FBI declared Gadahn
a person of interest on Sept. 11, 2004. In his
first 05 video appearance, he was wrapped in a kaffiyeh
and held an automatic weapon while threatening the next
attack will make America forget all about 9/11. He appeared
unmasked for the first time on an Al-Qaeda video released
NBC News believes Gadahn
is the clearest indication of Al-Qaedas effort
to reach out beyond the typical profile of a terrorist recruit
and make contact with a new breed of operators: native-born
Europeans and Americans.
APPLE BACKS OFF LEGAL LEAK
Apple has aborted its
legal pursuit of an individual who leaked product information
to a website that covers the company.
Despite an earlier pledge
by CEO Steve Jobs to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court,
the company has backed off the fight after a California
state appeals court denied Apples request to subpoena
records from PowerPage.org and AppleInsider.com in order
to identify the Apple employee who provided the information.
The case was closely watched
by bloggers for its implications in potentially affording
press protection to so-called citizen journalist websites.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which argued the case
on behalf of the two websites, called the ruling a huge
win for online journalists, although the appeals court
didnt comment on whether the sites are legitimate
press operations. Apple can still appeal and/or conduct
a more thorough internal investigation, as the state appeals
court judges suggested.
CHENEY, LIBBY, ROVE CHARGED.
Former CIA agent Valerie
Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, filed
a federal lawsuit last week against Vice President Dick
Cheney, his former chief of staff Scooter Libby and White
House advisor Karl Rove for their alleged roles in outing
her as a secret agent.
The complaint filed in
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleges
a conspiracy to discredit, punish and seek revenge
against Wilson for his role in disputing the White House
tale of Saddam Hussein seeking uranium in Niger. It alleges
that Plame and Wilson have suffered an invasion of privacy
and lost career opportunities because of the disclosure.
They also fear for the safety of their children.
The suit does not ask
for a specific dollar amount, but seeks compensatory/punitive
damages as well as attorneys fees.
In conjunction with the
lawsuit, the Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust
has been established to help pay for the lawsuit.
TIME WARNER RAPS LEAKS.
Time Warner has issued
a statement blasting recent media reports that
appear to be based on unauthorized disclosure, including
incomplete and largely erroneous financial information
about the fate of its AOL unit.
The troubled publishing
conglom is apparently referring to the July 10 article in
the New York Times and a July 11 Wall Street Journal
piece about plans to offer AOL free-of-charge in an effort
to boost long-term advertising revenues.
The Times labeled the
plan draconian, and a radical departure of the
current strategy of trying to milk every dime from AOLs
quickly diminishing dial-up subscriber base.
The Journal noted that
TW is going to sacrifice nearly $1B in operating profit
through 09, and plans to fire thousands of staffers
under the restructuring scenario.
Jonathan Miller, AOLs
CEO, is the architect of the plan. He put it together at
the urging of Jeff Bewkes, the likely successor to TW chief
Dick Parsons. TW says it will release its plan on Aug. 2
with the announcement of its second-quarter earnings report
and warns investors not to draw conclusions regarding AOLs
future strategy until then.
The New York-based firms
stock has tanked again. It hit a new 52-week low of $15.70
on July 17.
Ed Adler is TWs
The Israeli military
fired upon a Fox News TV van
on July 13 that was operating in the Gaza Strip. The incident
was aired live. Nobody was hurt.
news continued on next page)
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HIT FOR NUKE GROUP COVERAGE.
Columbia Journalism Review (July/August) has criticized
media coverage of the Clean & Safe Energy Coalition,
a front group forged by Hill & Knowlton for the nuclear
is upset that the media praised the environmental credentials
of the C&SECs co-chairs Christine Whitman (former
Environmental Protection Agency head and ex-New Jersey Governor)
and Patrick Moore (Greenpeace co-founder) without mentioning
that they are shills of the coalition.
of the thinking, surely, was that the press would peg them
as dedicated environmentalists who have turned into pro-nuke
cheerleaders, rather than paid spokespeople, says
magazine singles out the New York Times, Washington
Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle,
Baltimore Sun, Rocky Mountain News and CBS News for
failing to tie Whitman and Moore to the Nuclear Energy Institute,
the backer of the Coalition.
says it has no position on nuclear power and admits that
PR is becoming more sophisticated. But it concludes: We
just find it maddening that Hill & Knowlton, which has
an $8M account with the nuclear industry, should have such
an easy time working the press.
BUSH COVERS DOLE.
The New York Sun
noted on July 10 that President Bush, in taunting the New
York Times, is taking a page from former Senator Bob
The ex-Presidential candidate
lashed into the Times beginning ten days before the 96
election. Every day for nearly a week, Mr. Dole complained
of pervasive bias in the newspaper's campaign coverage and
pleaded with voters to send a message to the Times and other
news organizations by supporting him on Election Day,
wrote Josh Gerstein.
Like Dole in 96,
Congressional Republicans are on the political ropes, according
Scott Reed, Doles
campaign manager, calls picking on the NYT a home
run with the Republican base. He agrees the current
salvos lodged against the Times are an attempt to rally
the forces, and show Republicans that the White House
is on the offense for the first time since 04.
Gerstein wrote that Doles
Times trashing gained little traction. After the loss to
Bill Clinton, Dole admitted that the attacks were politically
motivated, and conceded that though he liked the media,
they don't like them in the South.
Gerstein, who covered
the Dole campaign for ABC News, remembers an event in Texas,
where the Senator whipped the audience into an anti-media
The crowd started to hoot
and jeer reporters, leading members of the media to double-check
the path to the exit.
Gerstein believes that
Republicans could gain a political dividend if Americans
are truly outraged over the Times coverage about the
feds monitoring bank transactions.
AdWeek, in their July 17 issues, ran stories
about Interpublic being a takeover target because of its
plunging stock price that dropped to a 15-year low of $7.86
on July 14. AdWeek says Publicis CEO Maurice Levy, who is
in the twilight of his career, could make the
deal stand as his legacy. Levy had no comment. Ad Age notes
that IPG insiders are disappointed in the performance of
CEO Michael Roth. The companys stock price is down
40 percent since former insurance executive Roth took over
in Jan. `05 from ad man David Bell.
is touting its fall television line-up by printing
ads on 35 million eggs that will be sold in New York, Los
Angeles and Chicago
Nast is paying Lycos $25 million for its Wired News
online unit in a bid to reunite it with Wired magazine.
Lycos purchased Wired
Digital for $83M in '99. That deal came a year after Conde
Nast's Advance Publications subsidiary purchased the magazine
Week (July 17) features a press release from Dave Overton
of Bostons Newman Communications about the demise
of Ken Lay. Overton wrote that CEOs often get fired because
they deny reality.
He continued: One
could argue in Lays case that the truth he would be
forced to confront (bankrupt company, displaced workers,
destroyed nest eggs, prison, etc.) was so horrible and so
unavoidable that his body simply shut down rather than confront
a terrible reality.
The former Enron chiefs
death, according to Overton, may be the equivalent
of a child sticking their fingers in their ears to avoid
hearing something bad. But a lot more final.
Overton offers his client
Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ, as an interview for some
interesting thoughts on the demise of Ken Lay and how others
can avoid his fate. BW put Overtons release
in a box called Annals of Public Relations.
Johnson has joined FastCompany.com
as senior editor in charge of editorial content and community
functionality. She reports to Laura Rich, editorial
director of the website.
Johnson, 38, had been
general manager, new media for Vibe.com.
She was responsible for business development, day-to-day
marketing, production and sales for both the web and mobile
properties. Prior to that, Johnson was at Spin.com.
Paramount Pictures, part
of Viacom, has hired General Electrics Fred
Huntsberry for its COO post. He will be responsible
for worldwide strategic planning, studio operations and
Huntsberry succeeds Rob
Moore, who now focuses on Paramount Home Entertainment and
Edition, July 19,
2006, Page 5
OF PR FIRMS
BOOSTS CHINA PRESENCE.
Edstrom Worldwide has shifted its Hong Kong general manager,
Winnie Lai, to Beijing to serve as GM for the firms
work in China.
firm said it moved Lai to oversee its rapid expansion on
Catanach, a 15-year veteran of New Zealand firm Sweeney
Vesty, has joined WaggEd to take over Lais role in
Hong Kong, the firms largest Asian office.
Wootton, GM of WaggEds Germany operations, has taken
the GM reins in Singapore, charged with reintroducing the
agency to the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets and building
a solid customer base and local team.
W2 ALIGNS WITH MARKETING FIRM.
W2 Group, the burgeoning
holding company headed by Weber Group founder and ex-Weber
Shandwick CEO Larry Weber, has aligned with Partners+simons,
a Boston-based marketing services firm.
Weber has joined the management
of P+s as non-executive chairman and the firm becomes part
of a W2 stable that includes PR firm Racepoint Group, Digital
Influence Group (online constituency managemnt), and mobile
phone marketing shop Third Screen Media.
Weber praised the P+s
expertise in paid media and noted its efforts in moving
between the traditional and online media, and blending them
QUINN MELDS REAL ESTATE, RESORT
Quinn & Co., New York,
has set up a unit to cater to residential real estate developments
that include hotels or resorts.
The unit, Residential
Hotels + Resorts, is serviced by the firms travel
and real estate units led by Florence Quinn.
St. Regis Residences New
York and The Somerset, Turks & Caicos are clients for
the new practice, which covers brokerage networking, co-branding
opportunities, and media relations.
Quinn said she is setting
up an international network of PR firms because of the often
global focus of such clients.
PR Group, Detroit, is serving as outside PR counsel
to EaglePicher Inc., an automotive, defense and pharma manufacturer
navigating Chapter 11 bankruptcy. ...5W
PR, New York, has set up a mom and baby
division to focus on that market with celebrity outreach,
product placement, and media relations services. Clients
include Bella Mama, Belly, and Paper Mama. ...R&J
PR, Bridgewater, N.J., won a first place award for
Best PR Campaign from the Advertising Club of
New Jersey. The firms work in assisting Good Samaritan
Hospital in a campaign to win New York State Dept. of Health
approval for a cardiac surgery program was feted by the
group. R&J also won in the media relations category
for its Samsung digital camera work, and for special events
for its Worlds Largest Baby Shower campaign
for Saint Clares Health System.
Klores Communications, New York/Movado Group, for
a six-week project to launch a new line of sports watches,
the Movado Series 800.
Kennedy Communications Services, New York/Sahara
Soul Travel, Morocco tour agency, for PR and publicity in
Communications and LeadDog Marketing Group, Commack,
N.Y., and New York City/Generations Bowling Tour, a new
senior professional tour slated for 36 cities, for launch
in September. LeadDog heads branding, marketing, promotions,
media buying and sponsorships, while Drotman heads PR, media
relations, and event publicity.
Play Communications, New York/Gund, plush toys and
gifts, for PR.
Investor Relations Group, New York/Avitar, on-site
drug screening test developer, for PR, IR and corporate
Collins & Company, Buffalo, N.Y./People Inc.,
human services agency, for logo and brand identity development.
Group Communications, Washington, D.C./National Association
of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies, for development
of an awards program; Intl Assn. of Bridge, Structural,
Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, for event planning
and production; Laborers Intl Union of North America,
for event planning and production; Abbey Spanier Rodd Abrams
& Paradis, for law firm marketing, and Intl Assn.
of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, for preparation
for Congressional testimony to support the Asbestos Resolutions
Act, Senate Bill 3274.
Aker Partners, Washington, D.C./Green Mountain Coffee
Roasters of Vermont and International Paper, for introduction
of an all-natural paper coffee cup, and The Paradigm Companies,
real estate development, for media training and ongoing
Raleigh, N.C./Global Water Foundation, charitable trust
focused on development of safe water and sanitation. Executive
director Johan Kriek is a friend of agency president Rick
Communications, Atlanta/Hannon Hill Corp.; Invistics;
martrix42, and Synaptus, for PR.
Reynolds Communications Group, Chicago/
Novum Structures, glazed-structures design and engineering,
for global strategic communications support and for its
name change from Mero Structures.
Mortine PR, Columbus, Ohio/Pet Specialties, as AOR
for media relations for its Cool Claws ice cream for cats.
FM previously helped launch the companys Frosty Paws
brand frozen treats for dogs.
Westlake Village, Calif./CertifiedMail, secure email, and
Onigma, data flow and content tracking/security, for PR.
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AUDITS PR FOR TRADE GROUPS.
Group, a Washington, D.C., brand consulting firm, is offering
appraisal services for trade groups and other organizations
that want to gauge their PR efforts.
Kelley, managing partner, noted that trade groups and non-profits
often spend thousands of dollars without taking a time
out to appraise and possibly refine PR campaigns.
A macro review of an organizations external
perceptions can mean the difference between success and
failure in Washington and beyond, he said.
who headed the political affairs department at the National
Restaurant Association in D.C., was formerly senior staff
director at the American Insurance Association and handled
PR for Target Corporations 260-store Mervyns
Dynamics, Washington, D.C., has aligned with Denver-based
Mobile Accord to offer clients communications, polling and
fundraising tactics centered on mobile phones. ...Radio
PR company News Generation,
Bethesda, Md., has launched a Spanish-language website,
noting the ten-fold increase in Spanish-format radio stations
in the last 20 years. The new site, www.newsgeneration.com/spanish/index.htm,
is catered to Spanish-speaking PR pros and includes all
the company info from its English-language counterpart.
Reardon Smith Whittaker,
a Cincinnati-based consultancy which advises ad and PR firms
on new business strategies, has moved to a larger space
at 128 E. 6th Street.
BRYAN WILLIAMS DIED IN MAY.
Bryan Williams, 75, who
entered the Episcopal ministry in the 1980s after a career
of more than 20 years in PR that included working as a partner
with James Fox, 1975 president of PRSA, died May 20 at Westminster-Canterbury,
Williams, a 1953 graduate
of the University of Virginia, served as COO for PRSA shortly
after Fox became president of PRSA.
He obtained a Master of
Divinity degree in 1983, the year of his ordination. He
became an honorary Canon in the diocese of Bethlehem, Pa.,
in 1996. He also served parishes in New Jersey.
While working in New York
he was a member of the University Club; Maidstone Club of
East Hampton, N.Y., and National Council of the Metropolitan
Opera. He was a board member of the Eugene ONeill
Theatre Foundation and headed the National Critics Institute.
An obit in the Charlottesville
newspaper said he traveled widely and was familiar
with every continent except Antarctica ... he is remembered
for his witty writing style and devotion to the arts.
A eulogy delivered by
Paul Marshall at a memorial service June 27 said that Williams,
in his final conversation with friends, said, "I am
not afraid to die ... but I am curious. Marshall said
Williams was secure in his relationship to God in
Christ that he could indeed relax into the last step.
J. Novarro, VP for ABI, to G. S. Schwartz & Co.,
New York, as a senior VP. He earlier held posts at Ketchum
and Magnet Comms. Denise
A. Capuano joins as an AVP from DACC Communications.
joins as an A/E after stints with Burson-Marsteller and
Pinck, VP at G.S. Schwartz & Co., to Lime pr
+ promotion, New York, as an account director. Lindsey
Barrett, A/E, Trent & Co., and Rachel
Cone-Gorham, previously of 5W PR, join as A/Ms.
Moskowitz, former A/E for B|W|R PR, to CRT/tanaka,
New York, as a senior A/E.
Cantone, director of PR for Pfizer, has moved to
Schering-Plough, Kenilworth, N.J., as director of global
product communications and advocacy relations. She heads
PR and advocacy efforts for S-Ps global oncology franchise.
Gruhala, senior A/E Adamson Advertising and The Vandiver
Group, to managing supervisor, Arment Dietrich, Chicago.
She handles GardenTech, Gettys and Shop n Swipe. Alex
Parker was promoted to A/E.
Meyer, PR consultant, to Millennium Communications,
St. Louis, as a senior A/E.
Hall, European managing director for Weber Shandwicks
healthcare unit, to Chandler Chicco Agency, London, as MD
of European operations. . Neil
McGregor-Paterson, European strategic planning director
for WS, joins as director of CCAs London operation.
Gail Cohen will
remain acting MD for Europe through the end of the year.
Landers to group account director, Lime pr + promotion,
New York. She was associate director of corporate development
for Lime parent, kirshenbaum bond + partners. Also, Anne
Giaritta to A/D; Rachel
Wiese to A/M.
McCormick to VP of corporate communications and community
relations, McCormick & Co., Sparks, Md. He had been
VP-Latin American consumer business for the spice and seasoning
company. Jim Lynn
has been named to McCormicks post of director/cc.
McMonigle to senior A/M, Praco PR Advertising Co.,
Colorado Springs, Colo. She handles the Colorado Tourism
account. Maria Miller
to senior A/M in the firms Denver office, and
Ryan Grange and
Kiley Wiedeman to
Morabito, CEO of Houston-based Pierpont Communications,
was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in
the services category for the Houston/Gulf Coast region.
McQuade, VP of Mayo Communications in Los Angeles,
has been elected president of the Entertainment Publicists
Professional Society. He succeeds Allison Partners
who held the post for four years. McQuade, a west coast
correspondent for odwyerpr.com, says his goal is to double
membership over the next two years. Henri
Bollinger, who runs a firm in his own name, has been
tapped as president-elect.
Edition, July 19, 2006, Page 7
IS OUT AT POLO RALPH LAUREN.
Gillen is out as of early last week as chief investor relations
contact at Polo Ralph Lauren, Lynn Pinto, a PRL staffer
call to Gillens extension yields a recording saying
that it is no longer an operating one.
was senior director of investor relations for the company
and served as VP and secretary of National Investor Relations
Institutes New York Chapter.
PRL spokesperson said Gillens duties have been assumed
by various executives at the New York-based lifestyle
products (apparel, home, accessories and fragrances)
posted a 62 percent rise in fiscal `06 (ended April 1) net
income to $308M on a 13 percent jump in revenues.
that upbeat performance, PRL stock is trading at $48.32,
near its 52-week low of $45.50. It traded as high as $62.87
during the past year.
CASSIDY PRESSES FOR UZBEK
Cassidy & Associates
is working for the Sunshine Coalition of Uzbekistan, a group
that is pressing for political reform in that Central Asian
The Coalition is among
targets of a crackdown launched by Uzbekistan strong man
Islom Karimov, who has been in power since 1990.
The SCUs leader,
Sanjar Umarov, was tossed into jail, charged with economic
Karimov has launched a
campaign to boot western non-governmental organizations
from the country. Uzbekistans Justice Ministry today
told New York-based Human Rights Watch that it has violated
the countrys laws.
HRW is investigating an
uprising in May, when the government killed 170 people that
it branded terrorists. Ken Roth, executive director of HRW,
wants an international probe of the rebellion and sanctions
against Karimovs government.
The American Bar Assn./Central
European and Eurasian Law Initiative and Global Involvement
through Education have already been kicked out of Uzbekistan.
Cassidy, an Interpublic
unit, provides PR, message development, media relations
and website development services for the Coalition.
CASTRO STEPS DOWN AT YAHOO!.
Christine Castro, SVP
of corporate communications for Yahoo!, has left the company.
Yahoo! has initiated a
search via Korn/Ferry International for her replacement.
Don Spetner ([email protected])
is heading that effort.
Castro joined the Sunnyvale,
Calif.-based company in March 2002 from The Walt Disney
Company, where she was VP/corporate communications.
Previously, she was director
of corporate communications for SunAmerica handling media
relations, employee and executive communications. She earlier
managed employee communications at Rockwell International.
WOMEN DOMINATE PRS CLASS
Eighteen women are among
the 33 new members of PR Seminar, the annual gathering of
PR executives from nearly 200 of the largest U.S. companies.
A few agency executives also are members.
PRS met May 24-27 at Half
Moon Bay outside of San Francisco and heard former New
York Times media reporter Alex Jones criticize the media
for tailoring the news to fit ideologically targeted
audiences. He mentioned Fox News as an example.
Jones, now with the Kennedy
School of Government of Harvard University, was introduced
by Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman.
New women members outnumbered
males for one of the few times in Seminar's history. PRS
was 98% male until the 1970s.
The record class of 42
new members in 2004 included 23 women. There were 26 new
members last year including seven women.
Executive in New Class
Although called PR
Seminar, the term PR appears in only one
of the titles of the 33 new members. Jane Garvey is VP-corporate
comms. and PR for Convergys. Almost all the others use corporate
communications or communications in their titles.
Among the new members
are Fred Cook, CEO, Golin Harris; Tim Cost, XVP, corporate
affairs, Aramark, who was chair of the National Investor
Relations Institute in 1998-99; Mark Hass, CEO, Manning,
Selvage & Lee; Anne Nobles, VP-corporate affairs, Eli
Lilly; Helen Ostrowski, Global CEO, Porter Novelli; Andrew
Polansky, president, Weber Shandwick Worldwide; Robert Sherbin,
VP, external communications, Hewlett-Packard; Loretta Ucelli,
SVP-CC, Pfizer, and Melissa Waggener Zorkin, CEO, Waggener
Phyllis Piano, VP-CC and
philanthropy, Amgen, was chair this year and Jon Iwata,
SVP, IBM, was program chair.
John Huey, editor-in-chief
of Time Inc., who was introduced by Harold Burson, discussed
Where Print Is Headed.
Carl Bildt, Prime Minister
of Sweden from 1991-94, gave A European Perspective
on Global Challenges after being introduced by Lars
Goran Johansson of AB Electrolux.
Adrian Wooldridge, Washington
bureau chief of The Economist, introduced by Don
Spetner of Korn/Ferry International, talked about Globalization,
What it Means and Why it Matters.
There was a 20-minute
session that compared China and India. Speaker was Shalendra
Sharma, Ph.D., professor of the Dept. of Politics, University
of San Francisco. Steve Johnson of Union Bank of California
was session chair. He was secretary/treasurer of the 2006
Jonathan Pershing, Ph.D.,
director, climate, energy and pollution program, World Resources
Institute, spoke about Understanding Global Warming.
He was introduced by Frederick Hill, now with FW Hill LLC
and formerly executive VP, marketing and communications,
JP Morgan Chase.
Edition, July 19,
2006, Page 8
Colleges, Women are Leaving Men in the Academic Dust
headlined a page one New York Times story July 9
that jumped to two pages inside.
age men took a pasting, portrayed as unfocused, unmotivated,
lazy, childish (obsessed with video games), and prone to
cutting up (i.e., Duke lacrosse team hiring strippers).
every 50 women who graduate from college, only 37 men do.
The imbalance is worse for minorities with women comprising
more than 80% of the minority student body at many schools.
reason there are 54 million single females is that there
is a shortage of male college graduates.
and related areas are favored by women while men lean to
the math-science axis. Its a rare male
who is majoring in PR or communications these days.
is no mention in the article of the 2-3 year edge in physical
and emotional maturity that teenage females have over males,
giving females an unfair advantage in winning places in
college. One solution that may not be politically possible
is a 50-50 quota for college males and females.
college teacher wrote the NYT shortly after the article
that her students who are veterans do much better than males
right out of high school. Theyre responsible,
respectful, diligent and engaged, she said. Of course
they are, theyre two years older. Maybe males should
work two years before college, growing up while
earning needed $$.
majors (mostly women) must think hard about what
they are studying. There are 11 million college students,
according to the Census Bureau. At least one million are
studying PR, communications, etc., estimates PR author Richard
Weiner. Millions more are studying English, history, etc.,
and are also PR job candidates.
The Census Bureau reports
there are only 350,000 people working in PR,
meaning there are 3-6 times as many people studying PR as
there are jobs.
Oddly, the PR Student
Society of America unit of PRSA has only 9,000 members,
a small fraction of one percent of potential PR job candidates.
Dues are $41 yearly plus chapter dues at the 270 colleges
allowed to have PRSSA chapters (out of the total of 4,000
Theres a big unserved
should know that the term PR (and possibly the
function) has almost disappeared from corporations.
PR is in only one of the titles of the 33 new
members of PR Seminar (page 7). While traditional PR
does not seem to be in demand, there is a great need for
marketing communications services by millions of small and
medium-sized companies. They often fail because they dont
will hold a leadership teleconference Friday
Aug. 4 for board members, chapter presidents, Assembly
delegates, etc. Given the debacle that took place at the
last conference (May 5), in which PRSA president Cheryl
Procter-Rogers hung up on both the a.m. and p.m. sessions
before anyone could ask questions, we hope leaders will
press for a new format.
Tradition is for at least
45 minutes of speechifying by leaders before any questions
are allowed. Instead, such remarks should be e-mailed to
leaders a week in advance and posted on the PRSA website.
The call should open with Q&As. First questions should
be why hasnt the Central Michigan proposal for governance
reform been posted on the PRSA website and what does the
board think of it?
question is why hasnt a COO been selected yet to replace
Catherine Bolton. PRSA, which is seeking a leader
who will be charismatic, visionary,
and an accomplished speaker, cannot afford the
salaries sought by executives who fit this description,
sources tell us. Recruiters have asked us what we think
of this job opening. We have directed them to our website
where there are plenty of materials. PRSA leaders are now
paying the price for their undemocratic, anti-New York,
anti-press and other dysfunctional policies and habits including
issuing misleading financial statements.
Only two viable candidates
showed up in 1994 when the last COO search was conductedRay
Gaulke and Mitch Kozikowski...a
new COO must face working under 2007 president Rhoda Weiss,
who spends much of her time in Hawaii working for a large
healthcare chain. She wont identify it, even to friends.
Weiss, a solo practitioner who is president-elect, has refused
to take over spokesperson duties for PRSA apparently abandoned
leaders are shocked at the way the board has grasped power
to itself. Twelve of the 27 committees and advisory boards
are headed by directors themselves when tradition was to
share this power with non-board members as a way of training
and involving new leaders...PRSAs
self-auditing function is in shambles. Michigan Counselor
Gabe Werba heads the audit committee but thus far
wont comment on the criticisms of PRSAs 2005
audit by three college accounting professors (5/17 NL).
Also on the audit committee are treasurer Jeff Julin (who
is in the position of auditing his own report); Donna Stein;
ex-BEPS head Bob Frause; Maria Russell, and Diane Salucci.
Salucci is with Bear Wagner, New York, NYSE specialist firm
employing 300. We offered to send her the critique of the
three professors but she rejected this and said only Werba
There is also a finance
committee headed by Julin but neither he nor PRSA h.q. will
identify its members. Sarbanes-Oxley, followed by many nonprofits,
mandates a financial expert on boards of directors, the
presence of independent directors, and strict
internal financial controls....more
secrecy: the national board is meeting July 27-29
in Philadelphia but there is no mention of this on the PRSA