EDELMAN FEASTS ON KELLOGG
Edelman has picked up Kellogg Co.’s lucrative PR account originally awarded to Weber Shandwick in October before that Interpublic unit quit the business a month later over a conflict with another IPG unit.
Kellogg brands range from cereals like Special K and Rice Krispies, to Eggo waffles and Pop Tarts.
“Kellogg has consolidated public relations support for U.S. brands with The K Group Public Relations Company, a new agency formed exclusively for Kellogg by Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.,” said Brandy Ruff, a company spokeswoman. “We continue to work with Ketchum and MSL Group on a variety of our projects for corporate communications, internal communications and cause-related marketing programs.”
Edelman was one of a handful of finalists for the account, along with incumbents Ketchum and MSLGroup, and Fleishman-Hillard.
WHITMAN ADVISOR TAKES H-P POST
Henry Gomez, a longtime PR advisor to H-P CEO Meg Whitman, has been tapped as executive VP and chief communications officer for the computer giant.
Whitman, after taking the reins in September in the wake of Leo Apothekar’s ouster, installed H-P veteran Lynn Anderson as interim CCO.
Whitman said: “Henry will work closely with the entire leadership team to make certain customers, partners, employees, and shareholders fully understand our vision and strategy.”
The 48-year-old Gomez worked PR for eBay for a decade under Whitman and led corporate communications for its Skype unit, which it sold in 2009. As an independent consultant in recent years, he advised Whitman’s losing run for California governor and handled corporate work.
BARBOUR RETURNS TO BGR
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has returned to BGR Group in D.C. as founding partner and will helm government relations, economic development and business development at Jackson-based law firm Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada.
With 175 lawyers, the firm is one of the biggest in the southeast. Paul Hurst, Barbour’s former chief of staff, is re-joining Butler Snow.
Barbour is also hitting the lecture circuit under the guidance of Leading Authorities, where he expects to earn from $30K to $50K for talks before business and political groups. He will write a book about his leadership during the Katrina crisis.