APCO FILES $600K MALAYSIA WORK
APCO Worldwide has filed its formal contract with Malaysia showing one-year fees of $600K. Though work for Malaysia began Jan. 1, 2001, the contract was finalized Nov. 15 and registered with the Justice Dept. Dec. 19.
The Washington-based firm provides strategic communications, daily PR management and international press outreach for Malaysia to promote positive ties with the U.S.
APCO has represented Malaysia at the U.S./Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations Business Council and Financial Services Forum.
According to the contract, the pact may be terminated in the event of war, invasion, rebellion, rioting, terrorism, nuclear explosion, chemical contamination or "natural catastrophes.”
VENTURONI MOVES TO H+K
Jody Venturoni, who was global client leader at Weber Shandwick for the American Airlines account, is moving to H+K Strategies Jan. 3 as executive VP.
Based in Dallas, she will report to Dan Bartlett, U.S. president/CEO. American Airlines declared bankruptcy on Nov. 28.
Bartlett noted that Venturoni "led proactive response teams for some of the major crisis situations of the past decade."
As president of the southwest region for Weber Shandwick, Venturoni was responsible for 90 staffers working on blue-chip clients such as ExxonMobil, U.S. Army, Verizon and Omni Hotels. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Venturoni was PR and employee communications director at Sprint.
HEALTH VET DAVIES TO MAKOVSKY
Lee Davies, most recently Merck's global media relations (cardiovascular, oncology, diabetes and women's health) and oncology products PR director, has joined Makovsky + Co. as group VP. He reports to Gil Bashe, executive VP and health chief.
Bashe calls Davies a "rare industry talent with experience encompassing pharma marketing communications, media relations and issues management."
Davies began his career in the marketing departments of Pfizer and Schering-Plough before becoming founding member of Burson-Marsteller's healthcare operation.
In his more than 30 years of PR experience, Davies held senior management slots at Omnicom's PRISM International, Euro RSCG and Ogilvy PR Worldwide. He also co-ran Davies and Murray for a dozen years before joining Schering-Plough, prior to its acquisition by Merck.