OK EYES PR TO BOOST TECH
Oklahoma’s economic development agency is reviewing its PR account to support efforts to cultivate a technology industry in the Sooner State.
The entity, dubbed Economic Development Generating Excellence, or EDGE, wants to bolster research institutions with grants and private funding, and foster formation and growth of advanced technology companies, among other objectives.
Oklahoma City-based Anglin PR is the incumbent.
An RFP issued Dec. 14 says EDGE wants a PR firm to assist the program in achieving “greater awareness of and involvement within Oklahoma communities,” while helping to attract more federal interest and funding, and boosting responses to solicitations.
Its PR audience is broken into three groups: policy-makers, tech researchers and innovators, and Oklahoman stakeholders who benefit from greater investment in tech research.
Deadline for proposals is Jan. 6, 2012. View the RFP: http://odwpr.us/vxFTTZ.
J&J TAPS SNEED
Johnson & Johnson, which has been rocked by a series of product recalls, has named Michael Sneed VP-global affairs in January.
He will take over the duties of Brian Perkins, who is retiring in March.
Since 2007, Sneed has been group chairman for vision care and a member of the company’s medical devices and diagnostics group operating company.
He joined J&J’s marketing department in 1983 rising to marketing manager of its personal products unit and later VP of its worldwide over-the-counter drug business before doing a stint in Europe.
In a memo, J&J CEO William Weldon said Sneed will better align the company’s “global functions to support growth and provide a dedicated focus to all aspects of our reputation.”
Carol Goodrich, director, corporate media relations for J&J, said Sneed takes the new role Jan. 1.
His team will include Perkins, who will “transition responsibilities consistent with his announced retirement in early 2012,” and Ray Jordan, VP-PA and corporate communications.