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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Dec. 10, 2012 - Vol. 45 - No. 49 (download PDF version)

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Hess Corp., the New York-based independent oil company, has hired Drew Maloney for the VP-government affairs and public policy post.


The former CEO of Ogilvy Government Relations had counseled Hess while at that WPP unit. He exited Ogilvy in July to work in an external affairs capacity at the Republican National Committee in support of the “Romney Readiness Project.”

Prior to Ogilvy, the 43-year-old was legislative director for the House GOP leadership under former Republican Majority Whip Tom DeLay, aide to Texas Congressman Ed Bryant on matters before the Judiciary and Commerce Committees and energy advisor to now Senator Roger Wicker.

Hess reported a robust third-quarter as revenues jumped 10 percent to $9.6B on an 86.9 percent surge in net income to $557M.

The company credits increased production from its North Dakota shale oil play and resumption of Libyan operations that were suspended a year ago due to civil war for the upbeat financial performance.


Greater New Orleans Inc., an economic development entity for southeast Louisiana, is on the hunt for national PR representation to tout the business climate for the region.

GNO released an open RFP on Dec. 3 calling for agencies to handle national media and story development, strategic counsel and media monitoring..

Budget is capped at $100K.

Proposals are due Jan. 4.

View the RFP:


The World Jewish Congress is looking to hire a PR director to increase its visibility and that of its president Ronald Lauder.

It wants a strategic and targeted media relations program to “build awareness for the organization's mission, strengthen and broaden donor relations and enhance fundraising activities,” according to job specs from headhunter Heyman Assocs.

The PR director will manage PR resources, including “organizational pamphlets and brochures, promotional videos, website content, direct mail and social media.”

The successful job candidate will be a superior writer and creative thinker, and possesses 10 years of relevant experience and “top-notch interpersonal skills.”

Founded in 1936, WJC is active in 100 nations, working to safeguard Jewish security, support Israel and advance the Middle East peace process. Iran’s nuclear ambition is WJC's current No. 1 priority.

Headquartered in New York, WJC has offices in Brussels, Geneva and Jerusalem.

Jenn Wilson at 212/784-2711 and [email protected] has info about the job.


St. Louis University's board of trustees has engaged Fleishman-Hillard for crisis counsel as the board clashes with faculty members and students critical of university president Lawrence Biondi.

Tensions flared last weekend after a letter from board president Thomas Brouster was posted on a pro-faculty Facebook page Dec. 1, noting a task force set up by the trustees hired F-H in early November and is limiting communications on the firm's advice.

F-H president Dave Senay is an alumnus.

Brouster said administrators are acting on a commitment to keep discussions private and, with the advice of F-H, to be "cautious in how we have chosen to respond to the recent news reports." He designated assistant VP for comms. Clayton Berry as the university's sole media spokesman has said F-H recommends that trustees and the board not respond to any letters, emails and phone calls from media, faculty and students.

Brouster said a full discussion will take place at the board's Dec. 15 meeting.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Dec. 3 that the letter caused "immediate outrage among faculty and students" that have been critical of the administration's communications during the tussle.

The letter was published a day after the board and faculty senate released a joint statement pledging "more frequent and effective communication."


Boston's Regan Communications Group has scooped up PR duties for the Friendly's ice cream parlor chain, which emerged from Chapter 11 earlier this year.

The New England institution, which was founded in 1935, closed more than 60 of its 424 units in an effort to mount its financial comeback.

MWW Group had handled bankruptcy-related duties for Friendly's, a property of Sun Capital.

George Regan's firm will provide overall brand building, communications strategy and PR support for Friendly's, a company that has annual revenues in the $550M range.

Joanna Roffo, head of Regan's hospitality unit, is in charge of that effort.


Waggener Edstrom' s London tech practice head, Chantal Bowman-Boyles, is moving to Finn Partners to head the firm's new U.K. office, slated to open in the first quarter of 2013.

Bowman-Boyles exits WaggEd after a year, chalking up Panasonic Mobile as a key win during her tenure. She was previously in-house at BT and worked on the agency side at Burson-Marsteller, GolinHarris and Weber Group.

FP founding partner Peter Finn said the firm planned from its outset in 2011 to grow internationally. "I'm excited that we've hired Chantal and will have our London presence firmly established early next year," he said.

Finn said the outpost will handle global clients, as well as regional and local assignments.

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