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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - August 8, 2011 - Vol. 44 - No. 30 (download PDF version)

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IABC has kicked off a search for an executive director to lead the global group of communications pros. The association has hired McLean, Va.-based Patino Associates to head the search after interviewing several firms.

Longtime president Julie Freeman is stepping down at the end of the year.

Search committee chair Robin McCasland said IABC is on the hunt for a “visionary leader and strategic thinker.”

The group has set a September 2 deadline for resumes and expects a first round of interviews by mid-month. An announcement could come in early November.

The group wants a director to help grow its membership and develop new global chapters by developing products, services and networking opportunities.

Nearly 40 percent of IABC‘s 15,000 members hail from the corporate side.

Resumes and referrals go to Michael Patino (Michael [at] patinoassociates [dot] com, 703/293-6333).


Dietrich Nelson & Associates, LosAngeles, won an RFP process for media and video production with Metrolink, the Southern California commuter rail service.

DN&A is charged with providing media-related and creative video projects on topics like safety training, PSAs, and Positive Train Control (PTC) on a three-year contract.

Six firms competed for the pact, which has two option years.

DN&A has produced several news packages and internal videos for Metrolink primarily focused on the Authority’s implementation of its safety innovations including the collision absorption technology in its railcars.


Michael Seghieri, who worked in radio ad sales in the Bay Area, has joined PR Newswire in San Francisco to head a West Coast Sales team for its multimedia unit MultiVu.


A divisional VP, he reports to Todd Grossman, VP of MultiVu.

He was a sales manager for Cumulus Broadcast’s KSAN radio and was previously local sales manager at Univision Broadcasting’s KVVF. He was also a senior A/E at Clear Channel Communications’ KMEL.

Jennifer Mastin Giglio, Judy Lubin and Tara Silver were named winners of Washington Women in PR’s 2011 Emerging Leaders Awards, which go to PR pros ages 21-35.

Giglio is a VP for the specialized communications group at Ogilvy PR Worldwide. Lubin is president of Public Square Communications and Silver serves as managing director, SilverStrategy.

PEOPLE __________________________



Matt Gonring, VP and chief communications officer, Pactiv Corp., to Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Lansing, Mich., as VP of corporate comms. He was previously a consultant at Gagen MacDonald, VP of global marketing and comms. at Rockwell Automation, VP of corporate comms. for Baxter, and managing partner for integrated marketing and comms. at Arthur Andersen, among other posts.

Casey Francis, PR and comms. officer, Commonwealth Brands, to Christian publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, as director of corporate communications. She headed corporate and gov’t relations at CB.

Andrew Fimka, director of political and legislative advocacy, National Federation of Independent Business, to Story Partners, Washington, D.C., as a director. Also, Heather Coddington, communications specialist, Northwest Media Productions, joins as an associate and Tamara Williams, administrative coordinator at Telecommunications Industry Association, as an executive assist.

Smith & Gonzalez
Smith, Gonzalez

Amelie Smith, A/E, Lou Hammond & Associates, to Fleishman-Hillard, Atlanta, as an A/E in its consumer practice group. Mary Claire Keane joins the unit as an assistant A/E from Liz Lapidus PR. Also joining are Tammy Gonzalez, analyst at BMO Capital Markets (VP), Paul Donsky, comms. director for the Georgia Conservancy (managing supervisor), and Megan Matteucci, reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in F-H’s corporate practice group. The firm also added Aspen Marketing social media strategist Caroline Dabek (A/S), and SJ Pharmaceuticals comms. manager Andrew Groom (AA/E) to its digital practice group. Paul Barren, an A/S for Porter Novelli, joins F-H/Atlanta’s healthcare unit as an A/S.


Gary Trask to PR manager, Buffalo Communications, Vienna, Va. The former editor-in-chief of North Shore Golf handles resort, destination and real estate clients for the golf-centric firm.

Mark Kaplan to VP of public affairs, The Mosaic Company, Plymouth, Minn. He headed its Florida PA team and was chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Jill Hamilton to Weber Shandwick, Johannesburg, as its first regional director for Africa. The U.S. native has worked in Africa for more than 10 years and started WS’ African affiliate network ZK PR in 2003 in Tanzania.


Joe Boyd, founder and CEO of MCS Healthcare PR, Bedminster, N.J., was named one of PharmaVOICE Magazine’s “100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences.” Boyd started MCS in 1985.

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