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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Jan. 30, 2012 - Vol. 45 - No. 5 (download PDF version)

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The New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute is looking for partners in the IR, PR and corporate communications sectors who can offer paid internships for its program for relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The Logler 9/11 Internship Program needs sponsors for the summer 2012. The program was founded in 2001 by the chapter in memory of member Beth Logler, VPIR of eSpeed, who died in the World Trade Center attacks.

“In this, the 10th anniversary year of the 9/11 attacks, NIRI-NY remains committed to supporting those students who are just now embarking on their professional paths,” said Bernard Kilkelly, president of NIRINY.

Past participants have included BGC Partners, Lane PR, Capital Bridge, PepsiCo, Veeco Instruments, EDGAR Online, Burson-Marsteller, Delphi Financial Group, Altria and Hain Celestial.

Entities with the ability to offer a paid summer internship in investor or public relations or corporate communications can email Patrick Tracey at [email protected].

For those companies that can only offer an unpaid internship, NIRI-NY says it can arrange for a stipend for the student to cover transportation and other expenses.


Synaptic Digital said it has unveiled major enhancements to, including faster cloud-based direct downloads, one-click embedding and open content previews.

Krish Menon, chief technology officer, said the new cloud-based mechanism, as opposed to FTP, is particularly crucial in markets with challenging bandwidth issues, and will be a real asset for media to get content instantly during the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. was launched in beta at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

BRIEFS: PR Newswire is marking Black History Month with discounts on select services to reach and engage with African American media, influencers and consumers, the company said. PRN's African American news feed is published by sites like The El Paso Times, Las Vegas Business Press, Orlando Sentinel and KGO-TV ABC 7. Details about the offerings are at ...Atlantabased agency EOS is collaborating with TV journalist, talk show host and author Kimberley Kennedy as it introduces a communications and media training program dubbed Empower. Kennedy will work with EOS VP of PR Elyse Hammett, APR on the communications training program, which includes a one-onone key message articulation, as well as simulated press conferences, speaking engagements, video vignettes, print interviews, and other venues where a client must articulate a message. EOS is led by Margaret Gearing and Susan Frost. Kennedy is currently co-host and producer of the WXIA talk show, “The Chat Room.”

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Julie Cunningham, managing director, The BlueShirt Group, to Mitek Systems, the San Diego-based imaging software company emerging as a leader in mobile check deposits, as VP of investor relations and corporate communications. She was senior VP in charge of IR, corporate comms. and PR in a decade at Qualcomm before a stint as VP/comms. at Novatel Wireless and then moving to the agency side at Next Fifteen-owned Blueshirt in 2010.

Christopher Curran, director of communications and issues management, The ServiceMaster Company, to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, as VP of PR and comms. for its North American tire business, effective Feb. 6. Curran, 45, replaces Ed Markey, who was named vice president of corporate communications in March 2011. He was senior manager of corporate comms. at Cadbury Schweppes and led global PR and IR for Esselte Corp.

Alexis Lauren and Isabella Sophia Varese to RPR PR, Boca Raton, Fla., as account managers.

Jennifer Wonnacott, comms. director in the California state assembly, to Fiona Hutton & Associates, Los Angeles, as senior A/E. Ann Newton was upped to A/S.

Mike Hooker, a TV news veteran, to Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., as executive director of public affairs and communications, effective Feb. 20. Nearly 100 applicants were interviewed in a national search to replace Brad Bohlander, who took a similar post at North Carolina State in October. Hooker worked at NBC stations in Missouri and Tennessee before joining CBS4 News in Denver in 1994.

James Whatley, previously with 1000heads, to Ogilvy PR/London’s 360° Digital Influence unit, as senior associate director to lead social business and B2B communications strategy for global clients.


Stephen Fera to the new post of senior VP of public affairs, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia. He was VP of government programs and will now lead expanded efforts on government affairs, health policy matters, and community affairs. He also oversees the health insurer’s foundation, started in October.

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Mike Gross to senior VP; Emily Watts to senior A/E; Allie Artur to A/E, and Maria DeFazio to senior graphic designer, Hornercom, Philadelphia.

Bob Dowling to president of Weber Shandwick’s New York office, reporting to Gail Heimann, global vice chair. He joined the firm in 2004 and led its New York tech practice before heading to Northern California. He takes over for Paul Jensen, who was promoted last year to chair of the firm’s North American Corporate Practice. Also, Tony Hynes was promoted to GM of Northern California, Dowling’s old post.

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