Edition, January 19, 2011, Page 1
STEPS DOWN AT H&K
Taaffe, CEO of H&K since 2003, is stepping down from
the WPP unit as the revamping begins in the aftermath of
its Jan. 1 merger with Public Strategies Inc.
will counsel PSI founder and now H&K CEO Jack Martin
during a transitional period that is expected to last a
couple of months.
has hired Ken Luce, a Weber Shandwick alum, as global COO.
He served as global client leader at WS and chief of its
southwest operations. A 20-plus year PR veteran, Luce ran
the Interpublic unit's key American Airlines account, including
the carrier's response to the 9/11 attacks.
to joining WS, Luce was campaign manager for now Texas Governor
Rick Perry when he ran for agricultural commissioner in
the Lone Star State.
a Texas politico, says Luce has the "proven experience
of building programs and establishing tried-and-tested alternative
models of consultancy that deliver the best value and results
IMMIGRATION PULLS PLUG ON PR PLANS
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pulled the plug
on a planned RFP for PR services to support its Office of
Secure Communities initiative.
were notified on Jan. 5, just two days after the ICE set
a Jan. 11 date to release the RFP.
Dept. of Homeland Security official overseeing the search
told O'Dwyer's that ICE management determined that the work
could be performed in-house by government personnel at this
Secure Communities program combines data from the Dept.
of Homeland Security and Dept. of Justice to identify aliens
arrested by local authorities and has drawn a legal challenge
and some criticism since it was implemented in 2008. The
program is slated to go national in 2013.
federal agency first notified firms in December that it
planned to award a potential five-year contract.
movie technology pioneer IMAX Corp.
has filled its vacant top corporate communications slot
with Edelman senior VP Ann Sommerlath.
VP post had been vacant since Sarah Gormley left the company
to head corporate communications at Martha Stewart Living
Omnimedia in November.
a former financial journalist reporting directly to CEO
Richard Gelfondat, will lead IMAX's media initiatives and
drive its overall communications strategy, the company said.
QUITS TUNISIA PACT
Media Group severed its PR contract with Tunisia's Ministry
of Communications on Jan. 7, seven months after going to
work for the North African country and U.S. ally in fighting
a letter to Communications Minister Samir Abidi, WMG president
Gregory Vistica, a former Newsweek correspondent
and CBS News producer, suggested his firm's work to burnish
the countrys image was being undermined by government
events make it clear the Tunisian government is not inclined
to heed our counsel regarding meaningful reforms,
wrote Vistica in the letter, which has been filed with the
Dept. of Justice. Indeed, the government's current
actions and activities have undermined, or in some cases
completely undone, whatever progress we have made in proving
provided PR counsel to the ministry on issues like human
rights, press freedoms and Internet censorship.
a front-page story Jan. 14, the New York Times covered
violence that has broken out in the ancient Mediterranean
hamlet - a popular vacation spot for Westerners -
over perceived corruption of the country's ruling elite.
The Times said depictions of President Azine el-Abidine
Ben Ali's riches, as well as the wealth of his family, were
brought to light by U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled by WikiLeaks.
TOURISM SEEKS PR PITCHES
Tourism Office has kicked off an open RFP process to handle
PR and social media on a contract that could stretch to
York-based travel and tourism PR firm MMG Mardiks is the
incumbent and plans to pitch the review.
RFP, issued Jan. 10 and open through Feb. 18, sets the goal
of hiring an agency to help increase domestic visitors arrivals
to the Centennial State through publicity, serve as an in-market
media expert and resource, and maintain Colorados
buzz factor on established social media networks
with peer-to-peer interaction.
the past the state has used its PR outreach to hit markets
not covered by its $8.1M annual advertising budget, which
focuses on Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Chicago and other
cities and regions.
director Kim McNulty stepped down last year after six years
heading the agency. Colorado claims to have the No. 2 tourism
Facebook page in the country.
will be asked to present to a selection committee in Denver
in March or April.
are due Feb. 18. RFP: odwyerpr.com/rfps.
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PROMOTES NYS CUTBACKS
Klores Communications is pitching the Committee to Save
New York, a group of real estate and financial interests
formed to promote New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to slash
the $10B Empire State budget deficit via spending cuts and
givebacks on union contracts.
declared that New York is in financial crisis, and vowed
to transform it into a business-friendly state.
Committee has established a $10M war chest to push its belief
that New York can't live beyond its economic means. It has
tapped ASGK Public Strategies, the firm of White House advisor
David Axelrod, to develop messaging and political advertising.
leadership includes executives from Tishman Speyer Properties,
Partnership of New York City, CB Richard Ellis, Business
Council, Related Companies and Durst Organization.
managing director Bill Cunningham is repping the Committee.
He is well-connected in New York politics.
served for five years as New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's
communications director. Earlier, he was on the staffs of
Govs. Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, and was chief of staff
for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
BURGER HONORED WITH SCHOLARSHIP
Three PR groups have set
up The Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in PR in
honor of 90-year-old PR pioneer Chet Burger.
Burger, who turned 90
on Jan. 10, was the first CBS TV reporter who later founded
and ran Chester Burger & Co. for 24 years.
The Institute for PR,
Arthur W. Page Society and PRSA Foundation contributed initial
grants to set up the scholarship fund over the past two
weeks as Burger was diagnosed with bladder cancer last summer.
James Arnold, a former
president of CB&C, is among those coordinating fund
raising for the endeavor. Those interested in making a donation
can contact Philip Bonaventura ([email protected]).
Burger, who retired in
1988, earned the U.S. Air Force's highest civilian honor
for two decades in counseling the military branch.
He also won PRSA's Gold
Anvil in 1988 and earlier took home the John W. Hill Award
from PRSA/N.Y. in 1980. He moved to Ruder Finn from CBS
in 1955, where he served as VP and assistant to the president
in a five-year stint. After a two-year term as president
of Communications Counselors, he set up his own shop.
Burger can be reached
at [email protected]
and via mail at 33 W. 76th St., New York, NY 10023.
Bleeker, who was in charge of Obama for America's
online marketing activities, is the new global digital chief
at Hill & Knowlton. With the hire, Julie Atherton becomes
senior advisor for integrated communications to CEO Jack
Martin. For OfA, Bleeker handled list building, donor acquisition,
voter registration, messaging and GOTV. He also did parallel
work for the National Democratic Committee.
ABDG REPS FRENCH SHIPBUILDER
American Business Development
Group represents French shipbuilder DCNS, which is in the
midst of a controversial deal to sell at least two amphibious
warships to Russia.
The deal marks the first
sale of advanced weaponry to Russia by a NATO country.
The Washington Post
reported that the sale signaled a triumph for French
president Nicholas Sarkozys relentless salesmanship
and a boost for Frances sagging defense industry and
10 percent unemployment rate.
The French Government
owns a 10 percent stake in DCNS.
The announcement of the
$1.2B deal for the Mistral-class helicopter carriers was
made on Christmas Eve. It met with a storm of opposition
from Russias neighboring countries and fellow former
members of the Soviet Union, Estonia, Lithuania and Georgia.
The ships can carry up
to 450 troops and 16 helicopters.
According to Wikileaks,
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates objected to the proposed
Mistral sale to Russia during a conversation with Sarkozy
early last year.
DCNS and STX France will
build two of the ships at St-Nazaire on France's Atlantic
coast. The next two will be built in St. Petersburg.
KIWANIS SEEKS FIRM FOR HEALTH
wants to hear from PR firms to support the launch of a new
global campaign to eliminate children's tetanus, The Eliminate
The effort for the service
group in conjunction with UNICEF aims to raise $119M by
2015 to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus around the
globe. The groups said the disease, known as MNT, kills
one baby every nine minutes.
KI issued an open RFP
for PR proposals on Jan. 11 to handle the project from March
to July 2011 on a budget of about $50,000.
The work includes media
relations support of its PR staff, PR counseling, celebrity
engagement and other tenets.
Download the RFP at odwyerpr.com/rfps.
FOOD PRO MYERS DIES AT 72
Donna Myers, a food &
spirits PR pro, died Jan 7 from Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease
at her home in Holmdel, N.J. She was 72.
The North Dakota native
began her career at Theodore L. Sills shop, which was acquired
Known as a champion for
the advancement of women in PR, Myers opened her own agency,
Myers CommuniCounsel (now DHM Group) in 1979, servicing
a string of blue-chips including Procter & Gamble, Quaker
Oats, AT&T, Gerber, Hershey, Chiquita Brands and Bigelow
Tea plus trade groups like National Dairy Board, Pickle
Packers International, Pork Producers Council and Hearth
Patio & Barbecue Assn.
Myers is survived by husband
Charles, son Chip, daughter-in-law Kim and grandson Dylan.
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STOCK TUMBLES ON JOBS LEAVE
stock tumbled in overseas trading Jan. 17 as the electronics/entertainment
combine reports that its very public face, CEO Steve Jobs,
is taking another medical leave of absence.
announcement was made on the day U.S. markets were closed
in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
shares closed at $348 on Jan. 14. Shares were down more
than eight percent on the Frankfurt exchange Jan. 17.
Cupertino-based Apple released an email from cancer-survivor
Jobs Jan. 17, saying he will be involved in major
strategic decisions for the company.
he did in 2009 when Jobs took off for a liver transplant,
COO Tim Cook will take over the management reins.
55, hopes to be back as soon as I can and appreciates
respect for his privacy.
NEWS CORP. GRABS NAB VETS
Kathy Ramsey, former executive
VP of public affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters,
has moved to News Corp. in Washington, D.C., as VP of government
affairs, amid a handful of other moves for the company in
The media giant has also
tapped NAB VP of media relations Kristopher Jones as director
of government affairs, in addition to promoting two execs
Bill Guidera and David Fares to senior VPs
for govt affairs.
Ramsey makes the move
from The Fritts Group, which she joined after the NAB. Jones
has joined directly from the NAB. Michael Regan heads News
News Corp, which purchased
MySpace for $580M in 05 and oversaw the downward spiral
of the former top social media site, is listening to offers
for the unit.
Jack Kennedy, executive
VP of News Corp.'s digital group, is responsible for the
disposition/merger/spin-off of MySpace.
MySpace CEO Mike Jones
announced plans last week to lay off almost half of its
staff of 1,000 people.
In his termination letter,
Jones regrets that laid-off workers couldn't continue on
the journey with MySpace. He wants them to know that their
contribution to the business was a unique moment in
time and that you participated in something that few have
been part of in our industry. Jones hopes ex-staffers
will stay connected.
MySpace lost more than
$150M during its last quarter.
OGILVY SCHOOLS KAPLAN
Washington Post Company
has added Ogilvy Government Relations to its roster in an
effort to fend off increased regulation of its crown jewel,
The U.S. Department of
Educations proposed gainful employment rule
ranks high on Ogilvys agenda for the Post Co.
That measure would establish
a debt-to-earnings ratio and cap student loan payments on
a percentage of income.
OGRs team includes
Republican heavyweights such as CEO Drew Maloney, former
aide to Tom DeLay, interviewer of Monica Lewinsky and Bill
Clinton impeachment manager; chairman Wayne Berman, advisor
to every GOP presidential campaign since Reagan/Bush, and
Justin Daly, ex-aide to Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby.
Chris Giblin, former staffer
to Texas Republican Congressman John Carter, is also on
WPC in October hired the
well-connected Democratic firm Elmendorf Strategies to lobby
for Kaplan, which accounted for 63 percent of its overall
$3.5B in nine-month revenues.
were up 14 percent during that period. Operating profit
soared 131 percent to $266M.
NEWS INTERNATIONAL TAPS GREENBERG
Simon Greenberg, dubbed
by the Financial Times as one of the U.K.s
most effective PR operators, is now director
of corporate affairs at News International, which is the
parent company of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers and
NI's holdings include
The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun
and News of the World. PR had been handled by the
individual papers or by a team from News Corp. Europe &
Asia, according to the FT.
comes as allegations swirl about mobile phone hacking of
celebrities by News of the World.
Prior to enlisting at
NI, Greenberg was chief of staff for Football Assn.s
ill-fated bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which will be
played in Russia.
The FT absolves Greenberg
for FAs disastrous bid, reporting that
World Cup leadership took umbrage at reports of corruption
Earlier, Greenberg was
director of communications for top-notch soccer team, Chelsea
PLAYBOY AGREES TO HEF BUYOUT
announced last week that it has agreed to be taken private
by founder Hugh Hefner in a deal worth $207M.
The board nixed
a competing offer by FriendFinder, parent company of Playboy's
Hefner, 84, launched
Playboy in 1953. Circulation, which peaked at 7.2M
in 1972, has been on a steep decline. The company cut its
guaranteed rate base from 2.6M to 1.5M last year.
The deal, according
to Hefner, enables Playboy to come full circle, returning
to its roots as a private company. Despite the sales
decline, Hefner believes the Playboy brand resonates
today as clearly as at any time in its 57-year history."
Playboy CEO Scott
Flanders will remain in the top spot and take an equity
investment in the deal. He sees an opportunity to strengthen
Playboy's balance sheet, streamline operations and invest
in new ventures.
Hefner's $6.15 per-share
offer represents an 18.3 percent premium over the stock's
Jan. 7 close. Hefner proposed the offer July 10, and a special
committee of the board has now determined the buyout is
fair to and in the best interests of Playboy's
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COMMS. EXEC TO STARZ
Apostolou, senior VP for AMC who guided the PR push that
helped Mad Men become a hit, has moved to Starz
Entertainment as senior VP of corporate communications and
part of Liberty Media and including the Starz and Encore
premium channels, is making a push into original programming
on the heels of Spartacus.
takes over for Tom Southwick, who retired at the end of
Moving from New York to Los Angeles, Apostolou oversees
the premium networks communications and external affairs,
as well as promoting its programming.
was senior VP of publicity, talent relations and promotional
events for AMC, guiding PR for its original series in recent
years like Breaking Bad and The Walking
Dead, in addition to Mad Men. She oversaw
all consumer press communications for the programming, talent
and award consideration campaigns for Mad Men.
to AMC, she held posts at AMC parent Rainbow Networks and
worked on the agency side at MWW Group, Dan Klores Communications
POTTER TELLS H-CARE GROUP
TO DO 'PR'
Potter, author of Deadly Spin, told a capacity
crowd of 200 in New York Jan. 10 that backers of a single-payer
health plan must adopt the techniques and strategies of
the opponents of such a plan.
speaking to Physicians for a National Health Program at
the Murphy Institute for Education and Labor Studies, said
the PNHP must seek allies, get others to tell
their story, use appeals to basic emotions, and create memorable
interests have kicked your butt with the skillful use of
language, he told the New York Metro chapter of PNHP.
They have been able to demonize single-payer,
he said, are not going to support such a health plan unless
their constituents are in favor of it, he said. He faulted
the single-payers for lacking a long term strategic
plan, something that he said the healthcare insurance
industry excels at.
of single-pay engage in fear-mongering by calling
it socialized medicine and asking why should
the U.S. tinker with its health services when it has the
best healthcare in the world?
information is given about healthcare in Canada, he said.
of Soda Tax Cited
an example of the power of lobbyists, he cited the recent
defeat of attempts to put a tax on sugared drinks.
a tax had been proposed in New York by Governor David Paterson
when he was in office.
Coke and other groups such as the American Beverage Assn.
lobbied heavily against such a tax and won, said Potter.
early supporter of such a tax, State Senator Jeffrey Klein,
flipped and essentially stopped the proposal
in its tracks, Albany insiders said, according to
a story in the March 26, 2010 Daily News.
Physicians in PNHP
PNHP includes 14,000 physicians and 4,000 medical students
and health professionals. It is on a nationwide campaign
to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program as
the only way to assure high quality, comprehensive care
to all Americans and the only way to rein in skyrocketing
Garrett Adams, president, said in a statement that the group
rejects the move by Republican leaders to repeal the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act.
said the PNHP, based in Chicago, recognizes the new
law is incapable of resolving our healthcare morass.
law is flawed because it continues our nations
reliance on an inefficient and wasteful private-insurance-based
model of financing carea rickety structure that denies
healthcare access to millions, bankrupts patients, ratchets
up costs and frustrates efforts to improve quality,
estimates that Americans would save $400 billion annually
by cutting out the unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy
inflicted on us by the private insurers.
would also gain the one-system bargaining power we need
to negotiate lower prices for pharmaceutical drugs and medical
supplies, he added.
said he was disappointed in the new healthcare law because
it was not a single-payer plan and lacked the option of
a government health plan for those who desired it (public
option). But he said the flawed plan was better than
no plan at all.
York chair, Dr. Oli Fein, moderated the event.
BANKS ON SNOW DAYS
is inviting marketers to sponsor AccuWeather Snow
Days, a localized forecast that provides detailed
forecasts and predicts the likelihood of school closures.
iPhone application is updated every hour and includes a
five-point scale on whether or not schools will be closed
because of bad weather.
Racheneur, VP-interactive media at AccuWeather, says advertisers
have the opportunity to connect with parents who are checking
24/7 so they can "plan their schedules in advance of
than 125M receive weather forecasts from AccuWeather via
an array of media.
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2011, Page 5
OF PR FIRMS
TAPS TWO SHAREHOLDERS
& Soell, New York, has named veteran staffers Audra
Hession and Stephen Halsey as agency shareholders upon their
promotions to senior VPs.
and Steve have demonstrated their dedication to our agencys
vision and mission for growing our clients' businesses,
said Cos Mallozzi, CEO of Gibbs & Soell.
joined the independent firm in 1999 and is managing director
of its New York office. Earlier stints included Revlon and
Exxon. Halsey joined in 1998 and leads its digital and social
media communications efforts. He is a former chief of staff
in the Missouri state legislature and worked on the agency
side in Chicago.
VOX EXPANDS TO INDIANAPOLIS
D.C.-based public affairs shop Vox Global has opened an
Indianapolis office led by agency vet Mike Marker, who handled
projects for the firm in Indiana and Kentucky for AT&T.
VOX president Robert Hoopes
said the firm sees "a lot of opportunity" in the
Marker, a former reporter,
helped AT&T achieve key legislative and regulatory victories
in several Midwest states consulting for Vox and he is credited
with playing a lead role in achieving passage of the Indiana
Telecom and Video Reform Act.
He was previously with
Ruder-Finn and Fleishman-Hillard handling clients like Citibank,
McDonald's Corporation and Wisconsin Energy.
AFFECT PARTNERS WITH COMEDY
Affect Strategies, New
York, has aligned with comedy production shop Landline TV
to offer its PR clients online video services for social
The two companies have
worked together on projects since 2009 for clients like
Regus, Absolute Software and Kony Solutions.
Affect said Landline has
produced more than 100 sketches for the web, TV and film,
and offers professional services for branded content and
Jared Neumark, president
of Brooklyn-based Landline TV, said: "By collaborating
with Affect, we can reach new audiences for our videos and
add another creative brain to our process."
DKC, FORUM EYE REVITALIZED
DKC and Forum Strategies
and Communications have collaborated to launch a PR and
experiential marketing shop focused on the automotive sector
and dubbed Accelerate.
Richard Frisch, president
of FS&C, said: "We knew there was a void and we
wanted to get in there and fill it because our agencies
are well suited to the task."
Services include media
relations, interactive social media, experiential marketing,
events and content creation, as well as public affairs and
Sean Cassidy, president
of DKC, said the partnership leverages DKC's brand and strategic
PR experience with Forum's "long history" in the
Jeff Sindone, a former
Medialink Worldwide exec who is president of Forum Media,
and Liz Anklow, executive VP at DKC, oversee the new venture.
Group, Santa Monica,
Calif./EZ Lube, chain of 74 company-owned car maintenance
shops, for advertising, promotions, social and media rels.
Irvine, Calif./UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, for
website redesign at stemcell.ucla.edu.
San Diego/Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, to implement
a strategic PR plan for the resort's Twenty/20 restaurant
and its Ocean Pearl Spa. The firm was also hired by San
Diego Magazine to provide support in brand development,
web strategy, social media training, and other PR. BG was
also tapped by The California Marketing Committee for the
California Horse Racing Board as AOR to lead its marketing
efforts in increasing awareness about horseracing in the
state of California.
Indianapolis/Indianapolis Opera, for media relations, PR
and publicity for the opera and its events surrounding its
Minneapolis/Phillips Distilling Company, as AOR for PR in
2011 after working with the company on launches in 2010.
Brands include Prairie Organic Vodka and Revel Stoke Spiced
Vegas/Anthem Pediatric Dentistry; Good Night Pediatrics;
Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition, and Mesa View Regional
Hospital, for adv., PR and social media.
Group, Boulder, Colo./34
Degrees Crispbread, crackers made without oil; pediatrician
Alan Greene and his new Project WhiteOut, a non-profit campaign
to fight an obesity and allergy epidemic in kids, and Blue
Horizon Wild Seafood, wild-caught fish, for PR.
Hole, Wy./Dahlgren Footwear, for media relations, brand
communication, and product placement for the DF brand, established
in 1970 as socks for professional athletes intended to stay
up throughout games.
Boston/National Amusements, movie theaters, for a campaign
to blend mass and social media and events highlighting its
digital experience at its Showcase, Multiplex and Cinema
de Lux theatre locations across the U.S.
Weiss PR Associates,
Baltimore/The Traffic Group, traffic engineering and transportation
planning, as AOR.
Atlanta/Costa Rica Tourism Board, for North American advertising,
including social and digital media, following a review that
involved 30 shops.
Pink Sheets-traded, Oklahoma-based company focused on oil
extraction technology, for corporate communications, advertising
York/Warren Financial, for brand and marketing comms. as
well as all media and investor relations. The firm has also
picked up Fogel Neale Partners, Comcast-Spectacor Foundation,
and Snider Hockey.
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ADDS MARKETING, MEDIA EXECS
Haake, global marketing head for media buying platform Turn
Inc., has moved to Synaptic Digital in New York as VP of
is former global marketing director for MediaMind, an ad
serving and cross-channel marketing platform, and also directed
marketing for e-commerce media platform RichFX.
Vidicom vet Sky Hanstein has been hired as director, media
relations, charged with expanding Synaptic's reach to journalists
and other communicators via thenewsmarket.com.
was media director for Vidicom and a former senior producer/director
for DS Simon Productions.
PAGE CENTER ARCHIVES SPEECH
Arthur W. Page Center
for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University
has published transcripts from 38 speeches by PR pioneer
Arthur W. Page at pagecenter.comm.psu.edu.
The texts, representing
all of Pages speeches that are known to exist, are
indexed by topics and by Pages seven principles
Marie Hardin, director
of the center, sees value in the resource for academics,
PR pros and others interested in ethical issues in communications.
Through the words
of Arthur W. Page, one can trace the origins of todays
corporate social responsibility movement and glean advice
on ethical, transparent communication that is as relevant
today as it was in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s
when these speeches were given, she said in a statement.
Page was the first PR
pro to serve on the executive management team of a major
corporation, AT&T, which he joined in 1927.
Wire said it has released a new version of its media
monitoring service, NewsTrak Clips, which covers online
news, social media, U.S. TV programming and online video.
A new digital archive includes clip editing, sharing, sorting
and display and its password-protected interface has been
enhanced to allow keyword searching and filtering, display
of "hits" and article text on one screen, and
delivery of clips into individual folders, among other features.
an Alexandria, Va.-based direct marketing agency that works
for GOP and conservative clients, has tapped the National
Republican Congressional Committee's director of telemarketing
as a partner. Brandon Gravley headed telemarketing for the
NRCC from 2007-10. Oxford was founded by William Black,
former director of development for U.S. English Inc., a
group centered on promoting the adoption of English as the
official language of the U.S. Clients have included the
NRCC, Kasich-Taylor for Ohio and other campaigns.
previously with Trent & Co., Ruder Finn and Cohn &
Wolfe, to The Morris + King Company, New York, as an A/S
of its healthcare, foundations and life sciences division.
Caren Browning was promoted to executive VP and director
of the division, as well. She joined in 2006.
marketing manager at Owens-Illinois, and Emily Barry,
VP of advancement and recruitment at Kateri Catholic School
System, to R/P Marketing PR, Holland, Ohio, as A/Ss. Adam
specialist at Owens Corning, and Kate Blyth,
comms. specialist for ProMedica Health System, joined as
of PR and government affairs, Westinghouse Solar, to cleantech
PR firm Tigercomm, as VP and head of its new San Francisco
office. He also worked in California Democratic politics.
Koomey, VP of marketing
and corporate comms. for biotech company FibroGen., has
returned to Burson-Marsteller as managing director and head
of its West Coast healthcare practice, based in San Francisco.
Previous stints included Pfizer and Novartis.
an agency veteran of Nadel Phelan, Access Communications
and Saatchi and Saatchi, to The Loughlin/Michaels Group,
Sunnyvale, Calif., as director of the firms B2B practice.
He also was a journalist for ten years for the Des Moines
Register, the Washington D.C. bureau for a group of
Midwestern newspapers, and a post at the New York Times.
to senior manager of communications, CBS Sports, New York.
He had been manager of corporate comms. for CBS College
Sports Network and will continue to helm the cable networks
media relations efforts, adding responsibilities like the
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and the U.S.
Open Tennis Championships, among other events.
to president, Flowers Communications Group, Chicago. She
re-joined the African-American and Hispanic market-focused
agency in 2008 as managing director after a stint as VP
at GolinHarris. D. Michelle Flowers Welch is founder and
Lori Robinson was promoted to VP, corporate comms., corporate
branding and culinary marketing, McCormick and Company,
Sparks, Md. She was incorrectly identified as Lisa Robinson
in the last issue.
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BACKS CHINA GREEN IN SEC INQUIRY
and Company has been called in by China Green Agriculture,
the Xi'an-based fertilizer company that is the subject of
an informal inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Green lists shares on the New York Stock Exchange after
going public in 2007 in a process known as reverse
company said through Michael Sitrick that its U.S. legal
counsel has provided a report on issues of interest to the
Los Angeles office of the SEC in response to an informal
inquiry covers discrepancies between its financial results
filed in the U.S. and those filed in China, according to
a Chinese news report.
Street reported that China Green is one of more than a dozen
Chinese companies that SEC investigators have shown interest
financial news outlet said a research firm, J Capital, released
a report last week citing evidence that China Green vastly
inflated its sales and profit figures reported to
investors. In a Jan. 12 statement from Sitrick, the company
said allegations coming from admitted
short sellers are largely inaccurate.
Businessweek on Jan. 13 published a 4,600-word feature,
Worthless Stocks from China, on Chinese companies
that went public in the U.S. through reverse mergers.
Green is among several companies being probed for reporting
shares were trading around $7.95 on Jan. 14, at the low-end
of a 52-week range of $6.81 to $17.00.
for the year ending June 30, 2010 was $52.1M.
BUSH W.H. PRESS
AIDE TO STAFF RICE
Godfrey, a communications staffer for the Bush White House
recently with Trailblazer Public Affairs in D.C., has been
named chief of staff to Condoleezza Rice.
will truly be an honor to continue to shape Dr. Rice's brand
as well as to support the new and ongoing endeavors in her
life, she said in a statement.
who worked in the White House press office from 2000-05
and later moved to the Commerce Dept. before returning to
Pennsylvania Avenue as a senior press advance representative,
is relocating to Palo Alto, Calif., for the position.
also was a strategist for PR firm Outside Eyes and set up
Trailblazer when Bush left office.
largely remained out of the spotlight since the Bush administration
left office with her as Secretary of State in 2008, but
she released an autobiographical memoir in October 2010
and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford,
where she was on the faculty during the 1980s and '90s.
is also booking speaking engagements and will be an early
guest with Piers Morgan, who took over Larry King's CNN
slot on Jan. 17.
CHARGES IR FIRM EXEC IN GALLEON CASE
SEC has charged an investor relations firm executive with
advance access to Googles financials in its mounting
insider trading case against hedge fund Galleon.
SEC said Jan. 10 that it alleges Shammara Hussain, a staffer
for San Francisco-based IR firm Market Street Partners,
which did work for Google, as well as a senior executive
at Polycom tipped inside information that enabled insider
trading by two others on behalf of hedge funds for illicit
profits of more than $15 million.
action reveals disturbingly corrupt arrangements - faithless
company executives who secretly pass corporate information
to hedge fund managers willing to violate the law for profit,
Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement,
said in a statement announcing charges against four defendents,
SEC said Hussain tipped an investor and an aquaintance with
inside information about Googles 2007 second quarter
earnings. The investor traded on the information and also
tipped two other traders who worked on behalf of Trivium
Capital Management, a hedge fund advisory firm.
SEC said Hussain asked for $100-$150K per quarter to provide
further information, a charge which her attorney denied
in 2009, when her name first surfaced in the case.
Street Partners was set up in 2000 by veterans of Morgen-Walke
SEC has now charged 27 defendants in the Galleon case.
ALLISON PICKS UP B&G
Allison & Partners
New York office has picked up AOR duties for B&G Foods,
a publicly traded company that includes brands like Cream
of Wheat, Ortega and Emerils, following a search.
There was no incumbent
but ICR handles investor relations and corporate communications
for B&G, which had 2009 revenue of $501M and is based
in Parsippany, N.J.
Jordan Greenberg, VP of
marketing for the company, said A&P will work to introduce
its portfolio to new consumers and further engage existing
ones through food and nutrition PR, media relations and
A&P is part of MDC
ORION GETS $300K MONTENEGRO
Montenegro, which split
from Serbia in 2006, has tapped Orion Strategies for PR
in the U.S. and Europe.
Orion is the firm of Sarah
Palin's international advisor Randy Scheunemann, who also
counseled John McCain.
Its contract is through
The Reffe Group, which is headed by former Clinton White
House advance man Paige Reffe.
Orion is to push for Montenegro's
membership in the European Union and NATO. It will also
communicate news of Montenegro economic and political development
Edition, January 19, 2011,
continue against this writer from
a delegate of the PRSA Assembly.
delegate, who doesn't identify himself and who verbally
assaulted and threatened me with physical harm while I was
standing in front of the Washington Hilton Oct. 16, 2010,
has sent a letter saying he might "beat you to a pulp."
I improperly embraced Society director Marisa Vallbona when
she passed by me in the lobby of the hotel that morning.
you had put your hands on my wife, or even dared to kiss
I'd beat you to a pulp," said the all caps
is not the husband of Vallbona since she is not married.
Dec. 18 letter, with a Chicago postmark, added: "Count
your blessings. This delegate let you off with a few choice
man, who was about six feet tall with short hair and a light
complexion, fled when I asked a nearby hotel doorman to
call the police.
of Anonymous Note
DUMBASS. THE GUY YELLED AT YOU, NOT 'US' AS IN A MORE THAN
ONE PERSON. YOU'RE PATHETIC AND YOU'RE LUCKY YOU'RE NOT
BEING SUED FOR ASSULT, (sic) DUE TO YOUR GROSS CONTACT WITH
YOU HAD PUT YOUR HANDS ON MY WIFE, OR EVEN DARED TO KISS
I'D BEAT YOU TO A PULP. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS THIS
DELEGATE LET YOU OFF WITH A FEW CHOICE WORDS.
(laugh out loud-ed. Note) ATTACKED BY FLASHMOB? THOSE (pens-ed.
note) WERE GIVEN TO YOU AND THEY DID NOT FLEE. THEY WALKED
LASTLY, YOUR PHOTO IS A JOKE. GROW UP YOU PANSY ALCOHOLIC!!
The reference to a "Flash
Mob" is the 20 delegates who tried to place pens in
my hand at the Assembly. They are just as cowardly as the
author of the letter since they all walked rapidly away,
refusing to talk to me or explain what was happening.
A blog by one of them
later explained I was being compared to John Nash of the
movie, "A Beautiful Mind." A schizophrenic, he
was given pens by Princeton faculty members after he won
a Nobel Prize.
This "Flash Mob"
was designed to go off at a certain time (2:45 p.m.) which
happened to be in the middle of an interview I was trying
to conduct with Art Stevens, a leader of the move to allow
non-APRs to run for the board.
The Flash Mobsters were
discourteous, thoughtless and rude. Members were all delegates,
supposedly the crème-de-la-crème of the Society.
Director Viewed "Altercation"
Society VP-PR Art Yann
then said in an e-mail to me that I was in an "altercation"
with an Assembly delegate that was witnessed by other delegates
and a national director and this was one more instance of
bad behavior by me at the Assembly.
If that isn't spin, I
don't know what is. Someone attacks me verbally and threatens
physical harm and it's an "altercation" that supposedly
is just as much my fault.
Vallbona had indicated
friendship and support of me for years, including lunching
with me in 2006 when she was Universal Accreditation Board
When she passed right
in front of me while I was seated in the hotel lobby, I
popped up and lightly embraced her as a welcoming gesture.
I attempted a kiss of her cheek but it may have just been
It is common today for
people to embrace friends since a handshake can be considered
cold and formal.
We had traded 48 e-mails
in the previous three months including 23 from her to me.
Vallbona published a comment
on the ODwyer website Oct. 26, 2010 that it was not
appropriate to grab me and kiss me. That, Jack O'Dwyer,
is grounds for assault and battery. But Im a Southern
lady and don't raise a big issue over such things. And for
the record, I did mind it and I'm politely asking that you
never do it again.
I doubt any such charges
would hold up in any court. Rather, its a diversionary
tactic to take attention from the real issue a delegate
threatening me with physical harm.
The Society's vendetta
against the O'Dwyer Co., forbidding any member of the staff
from joining it or allowing any ads in Society media although
the Society sold at least 50,000 copies of O'Dwyer articles
without permission, has reached its lowest level ever.
A Society committee should
look into these new black eyes that it is giving itself-the
threats of physical violence against this reporter and the
"Flash Mob" that attacked me at the Assembly.
Was Unethically Blocked
The verbal attack on this
reporter was but one of a string of actions designed to
frustrate full coverage of a highly important Assembly-one
that considered letting non-APRs on the board for the first
time in 35 years.
Tens of thousands of words
were put on a Society E-group arguing both sides of the
This was a key issue for
the more than 80% of members who cannot run for national
For the first time ever,
the Society banned recording of the Assembly or taking pictures
by reporters. This reporter, as usual the only reporter
present, was banned from the Assembly lunch when I needed
to interview delegates about the defeat of the APR proposal.
An attempt was made to
charge three O'Dwyer reporters $3,825 to cover the 2010
conference while reporters for PR News and PR
Newser went free.
staffers went to the 2009 conference but did not cover it.
This was shown to be false
but the Society continued to insist on payment for ODwyer
is "Mystery" Group
its belief in democracy, the Society does not allow rank-and-file
members to know who the Assembly delegates are or what they
say. Last published transcript was in 2004.
records are unavailable because delegates do not call for
roll call votes.
the most fundamental of Robert's Rules, used 31 proxy votes
in 2010 after using 56 in 2009.
Let's see if the
new board that meets later this month will chart a new course
for the association that claims to lead the PR industry