JWI FILES PR WORK FOR IVORY COAST
Jefferson Waterman International, which was called in by Ivory Coast politico Alassane Ouattara earlier this year in his struggle to take the presidential reins from Laurent Gbagbo, has a contract worth $750K for the second-half of the year with Ouattara’s government.
French troops ousted Gbabgo in April, paving the way to power for Ouattara.
JWI’s “engagement letter for advocacy services” for Cote d'Ivoire calls for a campaign to enhance its “image and reputation in government and private American circles.” Those circles include media, think tanks, commercial organizations, NGOs and commercial institutions.
JWI will “pay particular attention to the attitudes of human rights organizations in this post- conflict era.”
Human Rights Watch has called on President Ouattara to bring to trial those who were involved in the slaughter and rape of thousands that were carried out by both sides during the political stand-off. The Ivory Coast has established a Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate the atrocities.
Charles Waterman, former CIA operative and vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, heads JWI.
OBAMA AIDE IN PA ROLE AT U. OF CHICAGO
Susan Sher, a White House aide and First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff before stepping down earlier this year, returned to the University of Chicago on Aug. 1 in a new public affairs and strategy post.
Sher, an attorney, takes the title of executive VP for corporate strategy and PA for the university's medical center, as well as senior advisor to university president Robert Zimmer.
Her scope includes external and corporate relations, as well as governance, communications, community engagement and labor relations.
She was VP for legal and government affairs for the medical center from 1997-09.
"She knows the strengths of our institution already, as well as the challenges we face, and she has considerable experience working with our local community as well as city, state and national leaders," said medical school dean Kenneth Polonsky.
Sher left the university in 2009 to join the Obama administration as associate White House counsel.
Intern Inc., the social networking company that arranges internships for high school/college students at companies such as General Electric and Google, is looking for a PR firm to bolster its profile in the academic and corporate communities.
Launched in 2009, Intern Inc. has financial backing from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Olga Sarmiento, PR coordinator, is handling the PR search for CEO Derek Rundell. She can be reached at olgasarmiento3 [at] gmail [dot] com.