BHFS BLASTS OFF WITH ARIANESPACE
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has suited up as lobbyist for France’s Arianespace satellite launch company focused on issues related to the National Defense Authorization Act.
Arianespace has launched payloads for the U.S. Air Force, cargo required by law to be neither critical to America’s military industrial base nor national security.
Founded in 1980, Arianespace operates a space launch complex in French Guiana. The company claims 50 percent of the commercial satellite launch market.
BHFS has assembled an Arianespace lobbying team composed of Brooks Brunson (ex-senior director congressional affairs at Qwest Comms.), David Cohen (former aide to Rep. Jim Leach when he chaired the House Committee of Banking and Financial Services), Mike Eisenberg (ex-aide to Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer), Arthur Mottur (former senior comms. counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee) and Manuel Ortiz (veteran lobbyist for Qualcomm, Verizon and Microsoft).
In 2011, Arianespace conducted the first launch of a Russian Soyuz satellite from outside the former Soviet Union. On Nov. 26, Arianespace and Englewood, Col.based EchoStar announced a new multi-year launch contract.
JANATA DECAMPS FOR OMC HEALTH PR UNIT
Gloria Janata, executive VP and managing director, health & wellness, for Cohn & Wolfe, has decamped for the president slot at TogoRun, an Omnicom healthcare agency under Fleishman-Hillard.
Janata, who also becomes senior partner, takes the reins from Kathy Hyett, who led TogoRun since its inception in April and takes a chairwoman role. The firm, which has its roots in OMC’s CPR Worldwide, has about 50 staffers across New York, Washington and London.
Janata was a 15-year veteran of Chandler Chicco Companies, heading global accounts like Bayer Biologicals and Allergan, before moving to C&W. She was also a senior VP for the Children’s Health Fund and is a licensed attorney who held posts at the Close Up Foundation, Hill & Knowlton and APCO. She reports to F-H East president Robert Dowling.
The firm is named after a sled dog from the 1925 Nome Serum Run during a diphtheria epidemic in Alaska.
C&W is part of WPP.
EAGLES CUT COMMS., MARKETING HEADS
The slumping Philadelphia Eagles football franchise has fired its top comms. and marketing staffers.
Rob Zeiger, senior VP, communications, for the Eagles, was fired on Nov. 20 after a year and a half heading public affairs and serving as spokesman for the organization. He is a former Weber Shandwick VP and director of communications for Amway.
The Eagles, with a 3-8 record (now 3-9), last week fired senior VP and chief marketing officer Tim McDermott, who was in his second stint with the team after serving as CMO of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.