EDELMAN STAFFS ZENO VALLEY OUTPOST
Edelman’s Zeno Group has opened a Silicon Valley outpost led by the parent firm’s San Mateo office GM Todd Irwin in a bid to “broaden the scope” of its technology work.
Zeno CEO Barby Siegel cited a “real appetite in the marketplace for a mid-size agency.”
For Zeno, which saw revenue surge 24% last year to nearly $12.5M, San Mateo is its sixth office and second on the West Coast alongside Los Angeles. Its tech roster has included Life Technologies, Webtrends, and Zinio.
Irwin brings four staffers with him from Edelman/San Mateo to Zeno, including VPs Victoria Brown, Monica Walsh, Katie Wood Znameroski and Mary Ellen Ynes.
Edelman’s U.S. technology practice head Maria Amundson is taking over the Edelman/San Mateo GM slot vacated by Irwin, who led the office since 2008 with clients like Adobe and Mozilla.
Richard Edelman, CEO of parent company Daniel
J. Edelman Inc., said the move allows each firm to “better serve a greater number of clients in a critical and rapidly expanding market.”
Edelman’s Valley operation was based in Mountain View until the 2006 acquisition of San Mateo-based A&R Partners, when the tech operations were merged into A&R’s San Mateo base.
MILLENNIUM BOOSTS LEBANON/U.S. TIES
Beirut-based Millennium Group Services, a real estate development and media combine, has hired Bridges International to enhance Lebanon’s ties with the U.S.
Millennium also seeks to foster support for Lebanon’s Future Movement political party of the country's former billionaire prime minister Saad Hariri. Future Movement played a major role in the exit of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 2005.
Hariri's coalition government collapsed in January shortly after he had an Oval Office photo-op with president Obama.
Bridges, which receives a $17M monthly retainer under the one-year pact, is to maintain contract with U.S. government official, reporters, academics and think tankers.
It is to give updates on political, economic, military and cultural developments in Lebanon.
CLEARY TO HEAD NAPEO
Pat Cleary, senior VP-digital affairs in FleishmanHillard’s Washington office, takes the helm of the National Assn. of Professional Employer Organizations on Dec. 5.
He will succeed interim CEO Joe Cole, who since February headed the trade group that covers 90 percent of the $70B human resources/compensation/benefits management sector.
Prior to F-H, Cleary held PA, communications and policy posts at the National Assn. of Manufacturers. He also served as chair of the National Mediation Board, deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Labor Dept. and a member of the Congressional blue ribbon panel on Amtrak.