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Q3 PROFIT SOARS 88% to $45M
reported a robust 88 percent rise in third-quarter profit
on Oct. 29 to $45.3M on a 9.4 percent jump in revenue to
Michael Roth says the performance demonstrates that the
parent of Weber Shandwick, MWW Group and GolinHarris is
back on the path to significantly improved profitability.
noted that Interpublic recorded 10 percent organic growth
in the U.S. and double-digit increases in developing countries.
the nine-month period, the ad/PR combine earned $63.2M vs.
a $15.1M year ago loss. Revenue was up 6.9 percent to $4.5B.
Salaries/related expenses for the year rose a modest 2.4
percent to $3B. There was a sharp decline in severance outlays,
plummeting from $94.9M to $43.5M.
Diamond, Weber Shandwick CEO, told ODwyers that
IPGs PR units operated on all cylinders during the
quarter. PR is outperforming other communications disciplines
due to a greater understanding among CEOs and CMOs of its
ability to sell products and influence opinion, according
organic growth drove IPGs PR unit during the first-half,
Diamond said theres been a dramatic pick-up in new
business wins. We are aggressively hiring, he
Ratings Oct. 29 upgraded IPGs outlook to positive
from stable noting its agencies have reduced
exposure to U.S. advertising cycles by diversifying into
international markets and marketing services businesses.
Fitch upped IPGs issuer default rating from BB+ to
GCI TAPS NOVARTIS VET FOR
GCI Health has brought
in Novartis Pharmaceuticals social media director Mark Davis
to lead its digital health operations.
GCI, part of WPPs
Cohn & Wolfe, said Davis has been asked to broaden
the strategic vision for its digital health offering,
while also handling client work and new business under CEO
Davis handled regulatory
and legal issues in social media, among other duties developing
digital communications across Novartis brands. Prior
to seven years there, he was VP/consumer experience at Merck-Medco
after stints at Prudential and American Express.
Last month, GCI unveiled
a new healthcare unit, Synchronicity, focused on patient
and provider education.
C&W REPS GREENPEACE FOE
Clark & Weinstock
is repping Asia Pulp & Paper, which has been fighting
charges that it illegally dumped its coated paper products
in the U.S. That tussle is with the Dept. of Commerce and
International Trade Commission. AP&P plans to appeal
the duties proposed on its imports to the U.S.
Former Congressman Vin
Weber, ex-Newt Gingrich advisor Ed Kutler, and former chief
of staff to Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Sandra Stuart, form
the AP&P team.
which also works with GolinHarris, is a top target of environmental
group Greenpeace, which charges that its logging practices
are leading to the deforestation of Indonesia.
Greenpeace has released
a critical report of AP&P activities that was based
on leaked corporate documents. AP&P, in September, issued
an independent audit of the Greenpeace study that claimed
it was highly misleading and indefensible."
Greenpeace, last month,
said Indonesia barred its Rainbow Warrior flagship from
its waters. Campaigners on the ship wanted to highlight
the dangers of deforestation in Indonesia, which is the
worlds No. 3 emitter of global warming gas. Indonesias
government banned the ship due to a lack of clarity
over its planned activities, according to Agence France
DEKALB SCHOOLS OUTSOURCE PR
The DeKalb County School
System in the metro Atlanta area has hired Cohn & Wolfe
as it outsources its communications operations following
an RFP process.
C&W will get a $262,000
annual fee from the district, which has 99,000 students.
The school system in late
August issued an RFP for media relations, information transmission,
publicity development and news distribution to reach its
stakeholders. The contract is in place of its seven-member
PR staff, which is being eliminated.
Atlanta PR shop The Echols
Group was the only other firm pitching and it presented
a $97K proposal for 55 hours a month, but the district estimated
the work at closer to 160 hours per month.
Meanwhile, Mark Cater,
a healthcare agency pro who left C&W late last year
for a U.K. post at Chamberlain Healthcare Communications,
will be returning to head its flagship New York office this
Cater, who starts Nov.
22, directed C&Ws Europe, Middle East and Africa
operations after heading GCI/U.K. until its merger with
C&W in 2008.
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PR HAS QUIET $445M IMPACT IN L.A.
Angeles county PR agencies have a $445M impact on the countys
economy, or about $1M per agency, although its economic
might often flies under the radar, according to an analysis
by the L.A. County Economy Development Corp. commissioned
study claims that for each of the nearly 3,830 PR agency
jobs (including 731 independent consultants) in the area,
1.7 jobs outside the industry are supported. The area also
includes about 10,370 PR pros at corporations and other
is clear that the reach of public relations goes far beyond
the single industry and is felt throughout the economy,
the report states.
annual earnings for PR professionals agency, corporate
and other entities reached $780M in 2009.
Declined Significantly Since 01
the study found that employment at PR agencies has declined
significantly since 2001, although it is 23 percent higher
than it was in 1990 2,466 in 1990, compared with
3,030 in 2008. By comparison, advertising employment fell
five percent during that period.
employment peaked at 3,079 in the second quarter of 2008
and has fallen steadily since then to about 2,474 in Q3
of 2009, the study found.
Moses, director of comms. and PA for Occidental Petroleum,
said the figures show that PR contributes significantly
to the county economy and supports jobs in associated industries,
often without much attention.
L.A. PR business accounted for $445M in labor income, state
and local tax payments of $45.3M in 2008 and helped sustain
more than 6,400 other jobs, the LAEDC report said.
average annual PR agency wage in L.A. in 2008 was $78,129,
50 percent above the average of all works in the county.
LAEDC found that PR firms have increased by 15 percent since
1990, from 386 to 445.
FENTON OPENS IN L.A.
has opened its fourth U.S. office, a Los Angeles outpost,
following its pickup of a lucrative California account earlier
CEO David Fenton said
its L.A. work will initially focus on the First 5 LA account,
a multimillion-dollar state-funded advertising and PR push
for early childhood education. West coast managing director
Peter Blackman heads the office with new hire Paul Hernandez
overseeing day-to-day operations.
Hernandez was recent managing
director at legal services firm Sonnenschein Nath &
Rosenthal and was director of comms./PA for The California
Fenton picked up the $3M
First 5 account after being tapped for project work January
which was later expanded to four firms in an RFP process.
The outpost is at 515
South Flower Street, 36th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071.
POLANSKY TO HEAD COUNCIL
Weber Shandwick president
Andy Polansky has been elected chair of the Council of PR
Firms for 2011.
APCO Worldwide CEO Margery
Kraus is winding down her term as 2010 chair of the group.
Polansky, a 20-year veteran
of Interpublic-owned WS, said his focus as chair will be
to make sure the group continues to raise its game,
on all fronts, to match the needs of the industry and our
Also tapped as executive
officers for the 2011 board were treasurer Ken Eudy, co-founder
of Raleigh-based Capstrat and secretary Laura Tomasetti,
at 360 PR in Boston.
New board members at the
council include agency chiefs Amy Binder of RF Binder Partners;
Sharon Linhart, Linhart PR; Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Comms.
Group; Gary Stockman, Porter Novelli, and Janet Tyler, Airfoil
Cathy Cripps is president
of the Council, which counts more than 100 member firms.
REED TACKLES HUMAN RIGHTS
Reed International Law
and Consulting is working to promote human rights in the
Democratic Republic of Congo and build an infrastructure
to foster the growth of democracy in that shattered land.
Kimberly Reed, owner of
the metro D.C.-based firm, spearheads the effort on behalf
of Belgiums Tango Ekoki International, a non-profit
that is backed by financier Jean-Paul Moka. He is running
an online presidential campaign for the election slated
for next year.
More than 6M people have
been killed in wars in the DRC during the past decade. Rebel
forces have conducted in mass rapes in the eastern part
of the country. A United Nations peacekeeping force in the
Congo reported that 300 women were raped by militants from
July 30 through Aug. 2.
DRC president Joseph Kabila,
who took over following the 2001 assassination of his father,
has vowed that all crimes against civilians will not go
Reed International is
setting up a U.S. branch of Tango Ekoki Reed will serve
as interim executive director until a full-time staffer
is on board. She is to meet with U.S. government officials
to discuss healthcare, human rights, ongoing violence against
women, educational opportunities for young Congolese and
prospects for a fair election.
APCO TAPS EDELMAN PRO FOR
APCO Worldwide has hired
Nicolas Bouvier, former executive VP at Edelman, for the
deputy managing director slot in Paris.
The PA veteran helped
Edelman bolster its crisis and corporate practices, focusing
on areas such as branding/restructuring, mergers/acquisitions,
alliance development with NGOs, sustainability and regulatory
Earlier, he was managing
partner at Omnicom affiliate Communication & Institutions,
where he worked for 18 years. Bouvier heads the ethics committee
of the French Public Affairs Consultants Assn. He reports
to Philippe Maze-Sencier, APCOs managing director
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CIRC DROPS 5%
weekday circulation at 635 newspapers dipped five percent
for the six-month period ended September 30, according to
the Audit Bureau of Circulations. That compares to a 10.5
percent plunge during last years period.
Wall Street Journal, which ranks as the No. 1 paper
with a circulation of 2.1M, was the only Top 10 paper to
post a gain. It was up 1.8 percent. The Journal factors
in 450K electronic subscribers to its numbers. USA Today
fell 3.7 percent to 1.8M, while the New York Times
slid 5.5 percent to 876,638.
out the Top Ten are Los Angeles Times (down 8.7 percent
to 600,449), Washington Post (-6.4% to 545,345),
New York Daily News (-5.8% to 512,501), New York
Post (-1.3% to 505,501), San Jose Mercury News
(477,592, `09 figures not available), Chicago Tribune
(-5.2% to 441,508) and Houston Chronicle (-10.5%
Newsday was the biggest loser among the Top 25. Circulation
plummeted 11.8 percent to 314,848. The San Francisco
Chronicle fell 11.2 percent and the Newark Star-Ledger
slid 9.3 percent to 223,037. The Dallas Morning News
was the only other paper to post a gain, up 0.3 percent
combined Sunday circulation of 553 papers dipped 4.5 percent,
an improvement from the 7.5 percent plunge in `09.
ABC's DUBE MOVES TO AOL
Jonathan Dube is joining
AOL as senior VP/GM of its news and information unit. His
responsibilities include AOL's news, finance, tech and sports
Most recently, Dube was
handling strategic planning, strategy, editorial content
Dube is two-time president
of the Online News Assn, and currently serves on its board
of directors. Before ABC, Dube was senior digital media
executive for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and managing
producer at MSNBC.com.
At AOL, he reports to
David Eun, president of AOL Media & Studios.
MOST FAVOR U.S. FUNDING OF
Most Americans favor continued
U.S. Government support for National Public Radio in the
aftermath of the firing of Juan Williams for expressing
his view of being nervous at airports upon seeing people
dressed in Muslim garb.
Forty-five percent of
respondents support funding, while 39 percent want Uncle
Sam to pull its money from NPR, according to a Poll Position
survey taken Oct. 25.
Funding splits Democrats
and Republicans. Fifty-eight percent of Dems support funding,
while 28 percent of GOPers do. Forty-nine percent of Independents
back funding, 38 percent are against.
The U.S. accounts for
about 16 percent of NPR's funding. Poll Position is a public
opinion research firm founded by Eason Jordan, former chief
news executive at CNN, and Jeff Shusterman, co-founder and
president of Majority Opinion Research.
POLITICO ROLLS PAID SITE
to introduce Politico Pro, a paid service focused on energy,
healthcare and technology for lobbyists, trade officials
and public officials who want the inside scoop on the policy
A sub will cost up to
$1,495 for Congressional offices and to $2,000 for those
working the Hill.
Jim VandeHei, executive
editor of Politico, says the market for detailed behind-the-scene
information is underserved.
WADE STEPPING DOWN AT CBS
LeslieAnne Wade, senior
VP of communications for CBS Sports, is stepping down from
that post to start a media strategy and PR firm.
CBS said shell transition
to a consulting role in November to advise CBS Sports on
corporate and media relations issues as a client of her
A successor to Wade will
be named at a later date, the company said.
Wade, who was promoted
to senior VP in 2008, will be wrapping up a 17-year stint
in-house at CBS, which she joined from USA Networks.
better in a crisis, and her knowledge of the ins and outs
of the sports communications game, and the people on the
field, is unequaled, said Gil Schwartz, executive
VP and chief communications officer at CBS Corp.
Earlier, she was sports
information director at Fordham University and Manhattan
AMERICAN MEDIA PLANS CH. 11
American Media said Nov.
1 it will file a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure
its finances, a move that is not expected to affect its
The parent company to
publications like The National Enquirer, Mens
Fitness, and Natural Health has informed its
investors that the filing could come within two weeks.
The reorganization is
centered on a debt-for-equity exchange with a group of its
bondholders, about 80% of which have agreed to support the
restructuring, the company said.
Its debt load was not
disclosed by the company but has been reported in the $1.6B
For our advertisers,
employees, customers and vendors, this short period will
be business as usual, with considerable upside in the future,
said David Pecker, chairman, president and CEO. American
Media is engaging in this strategy from a position of financial
strength and confidence.
AM said it will emerge
from Ch. 11 within 60 days.
Added Pecker: Publications
will function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the
reorganization and customers should not notice any difference
during the 60 day process.
Pecker said the company
has strong cash flow and cash-on-hand.
AM is based in New York.
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UNVEILS BRANDING PLATFORM
Economist Group Oct. 27 launched the Ideas People Channel,
a branding platform to help marketers reach consumers based
on personality attributes vs. demographics.
Channel is launched in conjunction with nearly 30 publishers
that were identified by Economist readers as their favorite
The Economist on the site are The Nation,
New Republic, Talking Points Memo, American
Prospect, Mother Jones, Kiplinger, Daily
Kos, Political Wire, Christian Science Monitor,
Alternet, Technology Review and Roll Call.
Channel covers 21M people who are intellectually curious,
opinionated, influential and passionate about business,
globalization, innovation and culture, according to
Pere, VP and chief of Ideas People Channel, says the new
platform marks a return to common-sense media planning.
believes its wrong to think you can buy audience
with technology. Cookies are not readers; editorial environment
Business School, which is in Madrid, is Ideas People Channels
LEVINSOHN JOINS YAHOO
Ross Levinsohn is joining
Yahoo! this month as executive VP for the Americas in charge
of media operations, ad sales and corporate partnerships.
He replaces Hilary Schneider who resigned in September.
Levinsohn served as president
of News Corp.s Fox Interactive, where he led Rupert
Murdochs $1B foray into digital, a drive was capped
by the ill-fated acquisition of MySpace, which is currently
Upon exiting Fox Interactive,
Levinsohn was co-founder and managing director of Fuse Capital,
an equity firm focused on the digital space. Earlier, he
held posts at AltaVista, a search site; CBS Sportsline and
Carol Bartz, Yahoo CEO,
says the Levinsohn hire will allow us to solidify
our position as the largest digital media, content and communications
business around the globe.
DENTISTS DROP SUIT VS. MOMMY
A Manhattan dental practice
has dropped a suit against mommy blogger Lyss Stern after
the Daily News reported the play for pay
story Oct. 25.
Lowenberg & Lituchy,
according to the suit, alleged that Stern agreed to run
a four-page puff piece touting its achievements
and advancements in the New York Observer Playground
advertising supplement, which she edits, in return for dropping
her nearly $45K dental bill that was wracked up last October
The Central Park South
dentists sued after the piece didn't run in December as
expected. Michael Laufer, a lawyer for L&L, which bills
itself as the dentists to models and rock
stars, told the Daily News that the legal matter is
Lyss is founder of the
Divalysscious Moms blog. The site says it was born
to bridge the gap between a glam, pre-baby lifestyle and
a post-baby life where, well, let's just say there are more
midnight feedings than midnight soirées.
IACONO EXITS PRWEEK
Erica Iacono is moving
from executive editor at PRWeek to an account supervisor/senior
new business post at Ketchum. She worked at the Haymarket
Media entity for six years.
Another PRWeek alum, Tony
Garcia, broke the story from her perch at PR Newser.
Garcia worked at PRWeek for three years.
Iacono is the latest to
leave the monthly magazine. Garcia reported Oct. 22 that
Kimberly Maul, corporate reporter at PRWeek, is joining
eMarketers social media group on Nov. 1. The magazine
is looking for a replacement.
PRWeek veteran Julia Hood
became president of the Arthur Page Society on July 12.
She was editor-in-chief at PRWeek from 2002-08. Hood exited
as publishing director at PRWeek and sister publication,
Steve Barrett assumed that position in March. He took over
for Keith OBrien, who left in '09.
Anders Gyllenhaal, executive
editor of the Miami Herald, has been named VP of
news and D.C. editor for The McClatchy Company.
He joins McClatchys
management team and is the top news executive for the company.
Hell also oversee McClatchys Washington bureau
and foreign news bureaus.
Managing editor Aminda
Marques Gonzales takes his post at the Miami Herald.
Reynolds, a senior editor for CQ, has joined Bloomberg
News Washington, D.C. bureau as an editor on its Washington
Finance team. Kimberly
Hallock, managing editor of legislative information
for CQ Weekly, has moved to Bloomberg.com as an online editor.
Asnes, former editor-in-chief of Financial Planning
magazine, has been named managing director and chief marketing
officer for Envestnet Asset Management, Chicago.
Asnes led the redesign
of FP and its website, including a new section on wealth
management. She also led the magazines partnership
Albinus, editor of the securities technology publication
Waters, has moved to InformationWeeks Advanced
Trading, as editor.
Waters is owned by Incisive
Wolverton is slated to join the Amarillo (Tex.)
Globe-News as executive editor Nov. 15. He was editor
and general manager of the News Virginian and has
held posts at the Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review and the News-Press in Fort Myers,
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OF PR FIRMS
the year-old geo-location application with more than two
millions users, has brought in Kaplow PR, its first firm.
company, which has raised $20M in venture funding and vaulted
to the top of a category many predict will be the next big
thing in digital PR and marketing, heard from a handful
of agencies without a formal RFP process.
York-based Foursquare combines social networking, geo-location
and gaming as it lets users check-in at places
like restaurants and other locations to earn badges.
EISBRENNER MARKS 25 YEARS
Eisbrenner PR, Royal Oak,
Mich, is marking its 25th anniversary with a new office
in downtown's Detroits TechTown.
President Tom Eisbrenner
said the firm has always had a presence in the city through
clients, associations and events, but its time
we have a physical presence as well.
He added: The additional
office drives the firm's involvement with what's going on
in Detroit and it reflects our passion and motivation to
help the city thrive.
The outpost opened Nov.
1 temporarily in the city's business incubator known as
TechOne with plans to move to TechTwo, the former Dalgleish
Cadillac building, upon completion of its renovation.
The firm, which is part
of the IPREX network of independent agencies, recently moved
from Troy, Mich., to Royal Oak after 23 years.
The TechOne office is
at 440 Burroughs St, #312, Detroit, MI 48202.
Ray Eisbrenner founded
the firm on Oct. 25, 1985.
ABMAC HANDLES FEED RECALL
The Abernathy MacGregor
Group is working with Goshen, Calif.-based Western Milling,
as it announced a voluntary recall Oct. 21 of types of its
store brand noncommercial turkey feed.
The company said it learned
that the feed may contain monensin, a medication included
in medicated turkey feed. Consumption of monensin in excessive
volume by turkeys could cause injury or death.
The products were distributed
in May and June to 57 retailers in California, Arizona,
Nevada and Hawaii.
Abernathys New York
office is handling media.
PAN MOVING TO BOSTON
PAN Communications, Andover,
Mass., said it will be moving its headquarters to 255 State
Street in downtown Boston in June.
The firm has been based
in the Boston suburbs for 15 years but recently negotiated
a 15,000-square-foot-plus office space on the Boston waterfront.
President and founder
Philip Nardone said the milestone is the first
critical building block for the company's next phase of
growth and overall strategic direction. We are now
in a position to take the next natural step for our organization,
New York/WMS Industries, video slot/lottery machine technology,
to build exposure for the company and its products in the
gaming industry through media placements in trade, consumer,
business and tech media.
New York/Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty,
A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust
(Greenleaf 2010), as AOR for PR.
New York/The Villa by Barton G., luxury boutique hotel in
Miami Beach, for brand strategy and communication initiatives;
Del Posto, New York eatery, for publicity initiatives, and
Oiviers&Co., purveyor of olive oils and artisanal food
products from the Mediterranean, for PR.
New York/International Flavors & Fragrances, for PR
including media relations, special events support and development,
and media planning consulting for its USA fragrance division.
Founder Lisa Lori was director of PR and advertising for
IFF from 1995-98.
New York/Trilantic Capital Partners, private equity fund
formed from the Lehman Bros. estate, for PR.
New York/Absolute Life Solutions, financial services firm
for seniors and insurance -industry focused investors, for
IR and corporate communications.
Morris + King Company,
New York/amfAR, non-profit supporting HIV/AIDS research,
prevention and education, for PR.
Hackensack, N.J./ECOtality; EnergyConnect; EV Connect; Hypersolar;
Intematix Corp.; Lumetric; Onsemble; RealGreen Power; Tantalus;
Solis Partners; Spride; UpSolar, and Xzeres Wind, for clean
tech PR via its Antenna Group unit.
Philadelphia/Braskem America, expansion of Brazil petrochemical
company, for integrated mktg., and Ronald McDonald House
Charities of the Philadelphia Region, a 10-year client,
Raleigh/The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, for PR for
a fourth consecutive year.
Raton, Fla./First Annual Florida Heroes Ride for the Pride
of a Nation bike-a-thon, slated for Dec. 12-26 from Pensacola
Chicago/Smashburger, Denver-based eatery chain, for PR as
it enters the Chicago area, including media comms. and promotions.
Cleveland/Boral Composites, to create a brand positioning
and comms. program for a new exterior home product launching
in 2011; Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, for a
branding campaign; Cuyahoga Arts & Culture; ProVia Door,
door manufacturer, for a brand positioning and advertising
campaign; SmithBucklin, association management and professional
services firm, for SEO services, and Ulmer & Berne,
regional law firm, for repositioning.
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REVENUE SLIPS 18% IN TURNAROUND
posted an 18 percent dip in third-quarter revenue of SEK
265M (about $39.5M) compared with 2009 as CEO Hans Gieskes
said North American margins remain very solid
while its turnaround effort in Europe is progressing
according to plan.
the nine months of 2010, Sweden-based Cisions revenue
was down nearly 26% over 2009 as the company unloaded unprofitable
businesses, revamped its operations, and was affected by
a negative currency impact.
profit swung positive to SEK 20M ($3M) from negative SEK
309M (-$46M) for Q3 of 2009.
said the companys main focus is to return to organic
growth on the strength of its CisionPoint PR software, a
push which will include sales and marketing spending in
addition to new services.
North America, Q3 revenue was essentially flat SEK
189M, compared with 190M for Q3 of 09. Its decision
to outsource broadcast monitoring to Critical Mention will
help reduce fixed costs, Cision said.
company reiterated its belief that the PR software market
will consolidate over the next few years because such services
are complex and expensive to develop.
also said last week that after two years as CEO for Cision
Europe, Peter Granat will return to the U.S. to assume the
new role of president and COO for Cision North America,
effective January 1.
Blandy, currently senior VP for business development for
Cision Europe based in Stockholm, will succeed Granat as
CEO for Europe.
delighted to have Peter back at Cision North America, which
today represents 70% of our global business, said
has been with the company since 2006.
VOCUS REVENUE RISES 17%
PR software provider Vocus
posted a $742K net loss for the third quarter on revenue
of $24.7M, a 17% revenue rise over Q3 of '09 but a wider
loss from $382K for the period last year.
pleased with a number of achievements and positive trends
in our business, president and CEO Rick Rudman said
in a conference call.
Rudman said the company
has sold about $1M worth of subscriptions to its four-month-old
social media monitoring platform, which he predicted could
grow to as much as $5M in annual revenue in the next year
The next release of that
platform, which will expand its use for the small business
market, is slated for early 2011.
The PR software and services
provider said to added 579 net new subscription customers
Hormel Foods, Dow Corning and the U.S. Dept. of Energy,
among others ending Q3 with 7,752 clients. President
and CEO Rick Rudman said Vocus expects to reach 10,000 customers
by next year.
Vocus expects revenue
in the $25.6M to $25.8M range in Q4.
Ann Matic, assistant VP at Coyne PR, to Porter Novelli,
New York as a VP on Procter & Gamble. Alan Marcus, former
VP at MWW Group, joins PN as a senior VP on the Monster
Worldwide business. He was previously at Ketchum. Loretta
Markevics, senior VP and strategic planner at McCann
Erickson, has joined PN as senior VP, strategic planning
and research. John
Normoyle, digital new media manager for the Clinton
Foundation in New York, joins PN as a digital strategist.
And Izzy Forman
has been named director, national blogger relations, for
PN after a stint at 360i, where she headed blogger comms.
Rimi, who was at Cohn & Wolfe, Versace and Millissime
PR, to JB Cumberland PR, New York, as an A/E to handle accounts
like ZeroWater, iSi North America and StarFrit USA.
Blair, a veteran of CPR Worldwide USA, Fleishman-Hillard
and Hill & Knowlton, to Goodman Media International,
New York, as a senior account director. Recent grads Liz
Kidder and Katherine Morrison have joined as AA/Es.
Bruno, reporter for the Waccamaw Publishing Group,
to The Brandon Agency, Myrtle Beach, S.C., as social media
Horn, and Krista
Pilot to executive VPs, DKC, New York. Katie
Hart, Phil Crimaldi,
and Marissa Mastellone
to senior VPs, and Jennifer
Duffy, Eva Ross,
and Louise O'Brien
Gutnick to director of media relations and public
information,The Anti-Defamation League, New York. Gutnick,
who joined ADL in 1999, takes over for Myrna Shinbaum, who
retired Oct. 20.
Carpenter to VP, consumer, PAN Communications, Andover,
Mass. Also, Jennifer
Meyer and Jason
Ouellette to VPs, technology; Jodie
Wertheim, to VP, professional services; Cathy
Rogers to VP, human resources, and Gary
Torpey to VP, finance.
Redman to senior A/E, Howard, Merrell & Partners,
Raleigh, N.C. She handles the Georgia-Pacific Professional
and Precise Pet Food accounts.
Lippin to senior VP, The Lippin Group, Los Angeles.
She is the daughter of president Dick Lippin. Yes,
Alexandra is my daughter, he said, adding that she
has the skills, relationships and achieved results
that, without any question, merit this promotion.
Brady, assistant director of media relations for
Indiana University Athletics, to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi,
as director of athletic media relations, starting Nov. 8.
He is the first hire under new athletic director Tim Fitzpatrick,
who was hired from Indiana.
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BIZ SECTOR HOPING FOR GOP GAINS
American business sector is down on President Barack Obamas
economic policies and was rooting for big Republican wins
in this weeks mid-term elections, according to a poll
by FTI Consulting, the parent company of FD.
percent among 400 U.S. investors, financial advisors and
small and large business owners polled by FTI in mid-October
said the best electoral outcome would be for Democrats to
lose majority control of at least one house of Congress,
while 55 percent saw both houses changing hands as the best
outcome for business.
now, businesses are choosing the status quo over calls for
change, said Edward Reilly, CEO Americas of FD. They
believe the most favorable environment for them would be
to slow down change, and they see that as more likely with
majority, 64%, said Republican control of Congress would
lead to improved economic conditions, including 60% who
expect a hiring increase and 56% who said capital expenditures
would tick up.
of respondents disapprove of President Obamas job
performance managing the economy, while 68% said the administration
does not understand the challenges facing American business.
percent of respondents said that Obama and congressional
Democrats have not set a clear direction for U.S. economic
policy and that lack of clarity is causing uncertainty for
companies and investors.
and financial reform seem to be at the root of those negative
numbers for the White House.
70% cited healthcare reform as having a negative impact
on their business and investment interests, while 65% cited
financial services reform.
TAPS DEMPSEY FOR D.C. RELATIONS
has tapped a company VP who handled external affairs in
Florida during the Gulf oil spill to serve as BP Americas
liaison to stakeholders in Washington.
Dempsey, VP, strategy and portfolio for the companys
fuels value chain strategic performance unit, has been tapped
as VP of government and public affairs for BP America.
a 20-year veteran of BP, was part of the company's response
team to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, serving as a spokesman
handling information sharing in Florida for
the company during the crisis.
testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight
on June 12.
said during that appearance: As a senior BP official
in the Florida Unified Command, I have spent substantial
time working with government officials at all levels to
address concerns, to discuss requests and recommendations,
and ultimately to take the appropriate actions to meet our
responsibilities in the Gulf region.
BP CEO Robert Dudley has taken some heat over recent comments
to a U.K. lobbying group that he saw a great rush
to judgment by a fair number of observers before the full
facts could possibly be known
during the Gulf
WORKS FENDI WIN OVER BURLINGTON
is promoting Fendis legal victory over Burlington
Coat Factory over the alleged sale of knock-off
leather goods. The settlement calls for Burlington to pay
the Italian fashion house more than $10M.
which is part of Kekst client LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis
Vuitton, originally charged Burlington with selling fake
handbags in 1986. A payment the next year followed with
a consent order that Burlington would not purchase or sell
any Fendi branded goods without written permission.
new settlement keeps the consent order in place and gives
Fendi some hope for the future, according to
a statement from its CEO Michael Burke.
is buoyed by the courts decision that makes it clear
that retailers are responsible for making sure that
trademarked products sold to the public are authentic and
that the consequences when a retailer sells counterfeit
goods are serious.
hopes when future counterfeit problems arise, retailers
will be responsive in addressing the problems promptly and
that litigation will be unnecessary. Trademark counterfeiting
is a global challenge facing Fendi and every other
brand owner, said Burke.
partners Jim Fingeroth and Victoria Weld represent Fendi.
Coat Factory lost $35.3M on $1.6B revenues for the six-month
period ended July 31. It has 450-plus stores.
ACQUIRES BOSTON PR SHOP
Warschawski has acquired Louder Than Words, a five-staffer
PR shop in Boston led by a former Warschawski hand.
deal closes Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed.
Polt, president of LTW who founded the firm in 2003, was
a VP at Warschawski in the late 1990s. He's relocating to
Baltimore as a senior VP, while LTW VP Tricia McKenna stays
behind in Boston to run that office.
clients include Brand Affinity Technologies, Nonprofit Finance
Fund, and Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.
a former Schwartz Communications staffer, said that LTW
clients will gain access to Warschawskis services
beyond PR, including design, advertising and interactive.
could not be more excited about rejoining my former agency
and returning to my hometown of Baltimore, he said.
PUSHES FOR BULLET TRAINS
American High Speed Rail Alliance has hired government relations
firm Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell to push for a national
bullet train system as concerns rise over cost and benefits
of such a network.
team includes partner Chuck Baker, who also serves as president
of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance
Assn., and Katie Kachel, former aide to Senator Barbara
Alliance is looking for at least $50B in initial funding
for an intercity passenger rail system and subsequent annual
appropriations of at least $4B.
Edition, November 3, 2010,
York PR groups, far less active than they once were, need
doing research on changing PR practices, we came across
a 1975 list of 24 New York City PR groups and find that,
regrettably, many of them have vanished.
far the most active group currently is New York Women in
Communications, which has 1,300 members and a schedule of
more than 75 events in 2010.
broke away from the national Assn. of Women in Communications
in 1997 and has flourished. Its signature event is the Matrix
Awards lunch at the Waldorf-Astoria that raises more than
a half million.
needed is a neutral meeting place funded by many of the
existing PR groups.
firms such as Ruder Finn, Manning, Selvage & Lee and
Burson-Marsteller donate space for PRSA/New York meetings
but many agencies will not send their employees to another
obvious that PRSA/NY, with only about 750 members (vs. the
1,200+ that it once had), should have broken away from national
many years ago.
Chemical Communications Assn. whose members were
60 corporate, agency people and editors in the chemical
industry. They lunched on the second Tuesday of the month
at the Williams Club, 24 E. 39th st. Dues were $20 a year.
Financial Relations Society consisted of 50 corporate
PR pros who had dinner meetings on the second Monday at
the Princeton Club and various restaurants. Dues were $60.
PR Society of Greater New York had 80 members and
met at lunch or dinner. Dues were $25. Contact was Grace
Kraskin of Beth Israel Medical Center.
Monday II Group was 20 New York corporate PR people
who represented companies based outside of New York. Lunches
at the Sky Club and other restaurants were held on the second
Monday. There were no dues.
PR Council of Health and Welfare Services was a national
group of 2,000 PR and fundraising executives of nonprofits
based in New York at 820 Second ave. It was absorbed by
PRSA in the late 1970s.
York Airline PR Assn. that had 58 members who worked
for airlines serving New York. The group became the North
American Airlines PR Assn. and had monthly meetings until
2008 when it made its final landing. A member said that
with airline h.q. flying outside New York and declining
funds available to PR, the group has become inactive. Hope
remains for a rebirth. Contact Jennifer Janzen now works
in Berlin on social media for Lufthansa.
York Business Communicators had 175 members who met
monthly at different places. Dues were $55 yearly. Contact
was Bill Nicolai at American Standard. Anyone in business
communications could join.
Industry PR Group had monthly luncheons. Members
included St. Regis Paper, Boise Cascade, Mead Westvaco,
& Alarm had 20 mostly agency members who lunched
once a month at the Wings Club. P&A, so-named because
PR pros are always pointing with pride or viewing
with alarm, created accreditation in 1964. Originally
it was meant for agency people to give them a leg up on
the competition but corporate PR people insisted on being
Roundtable was about 50 PR pros who handled house
PR for PR firms or ad agencies. Monthly lunches for many
years featured media figures such as Johnny Apple
of the New York Times. It also hosted a major holiday
party each year for members and the press. The job of handling
house PR for a PR firm or ad agency has almost
Talk, two top executives from a dozen of the biggest
PR firms, had dinner meetings at the Sky Club atop the Met
Life building to discuss such topics as wages paid, insurance
plans offered to employees, and employee benefits in general.
Anti-trust considerations may have spelled its doom.
Street Irregulars had monthly lunches and an annual
golf outing. Its 40+ members, including financial press,
met at moderately-priced restaurants. James Catalano, formerly
of Hill & Knowlton and then Marine Midland Bank, ran
PR Group was about 25 solo practitioners or owners
of small PR firms who lunched monthly at the Williams Club.
Executives in PR merged in 2006 in its 50th year
with Advertising Women of New York. Founded by Denny Griswold
who also founded PR News with her husband, Glenn
Griswold, WEPR had 75 members in 1975.
PCNY, PRSA/NY Are Active
PRSAs New York chapter
is the second most active group after NYWICI with about
25 programs in 2010. Its main event is the awards cocktail
party each May. Other events are workshops and seminars
on specialized topics.
During the 1960s and 1970s
the chapter hosted monthly lunches at the Waldorf-Astoria
attended by more than 300. Prominent speakers included authors
and journalists, political figures and corporate executives.
Kerryn King of Texaco arranged for Bob Hope to address one
of the lunches.
Publicity Club of New
York, which for many years hosted weekly Thirsty Thursdays
at which editors spoke to about 50 members, will put on
seven programs in 2010 including New York Tech Influencers
Nov. 12 at noon at the 3 West Club.
Daniel Sieberg, host of
Tech This Out ABC News, will speak.
Attendance at PCNY events is around 100.
PCNY in the 1960s and
70s had an annual Introduction to PR course
at night that drew hundreds.
PCNY Targets Influencers
Peter Himler, formerly
of Burson-Marsteller and Edelman, has been president the
past ten years. He said he has trouble getting people to
serve on the board.
Himler, who is unpaid, believes that the main job of PR
pros is interacting with influencers or experts
who work in or for the media although social media are also
PCNY had revenues
of $53,806 and expenses of $54,931 in the year ended June
Professional Assn., www.eppsonline.org
New York chapter, has two events for the fall, How
to Pitch Monthly Magazines on Nov. 17 and Websites
& Blogs, Dec. 15.
The Los Angeles
chapter has monthly luncheons featuring editors.
EPPS, with about
400 members, had revenues of $54,012 and expenses of $65,442
in 2008, the latest year available on GuideStar.
$89,676 at the end of the year. EPPS leaders include Henri
Bollinger of Henri Bollinger Assocs., and Scott Pansky of
Allison & Partners.