EDELMAN HIRES KUNDRED, CLINTON
Edelman has hired Curtis Kundred as president of its U.S. western region, succeeding Gail Becker, who held that post since 2003. Becker was named western chair and also will focus on development of Edelman's Latin America and Canada regions.
Kundred served as regional president at Fleishman-Hillard's eastern/western operations and Canadian chief. He joins Edelman July 1 and will be based in San Francisco.
Edelman's western region generates 22 percent of domestic revenue from key clients such as Microsoft, HP, AMD, Volkswagen, Adobe and Charles Schwab & Co. It has offices in S.F., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.
John Clinton, who served as Grey Worldwide Canada chief for nearly a decade, assumes the helm of Edelman Canada on August 17. He takes over for Heather Conway.
Based in Toronto, Clinton will be responsible for clients such as Labatt, RIM, Starbucks, Kraft, Unilever, and Pfizer, 160 staffers and offices in Montreal and Vancouver.
Clinton departed Grey in 2008 and joins Edelman from Transcontinental Media, where he was senior VP/digital solutions and new media. Before Grey, he chaired J. Walter Thompson's Canadian operations and ran the global ad business for Kellogg's in New York.
In citing the convergence of PR, digital and advertising, Richard Edelman expects Clinton's background to “help expand our remit among marketing and communications officers.”
FORDHAM SEEKS TO ENROLL PR FIRM
Fordham University has kicked off an open PR agency search through mid-July.
The 169-year-old Jesuit school based in New York issued an RFP for an agency of record for a one-year contract asking for a media relations plan to assist its news and media relations with publicizing the university, faculty and achievements.
Source Communications of New York is the incumbent and has been invited to pitch.
Fordham is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $500M by its 175th anniversary in 2016.
RFP at odwyerpr.com/rfps.