NESTLE ADDS COAN TO ITS PR KITCHEN
Nestlé USA, home to iconic food brands like Gerber, Stouffer's and Lean Cuisine, has brought in Waggener Edstrom’s Hannah Coan for a top corporate and brand affairs role, following the retirement of longtime VP Laurie MacDonald.
MacDonald exits the $10B packaged foods giant after 27 years. Scott Remy, an ad agency vet, is chief communications officer.
Coan, who takes a VP title at Glendale, Calif.-based Nestlé, was a senior VP at WaggEd leading its PR work for Microsoft’s Office division. She was previously an executive VP for Publicis Consultants PR in Seattle, where she handled the Nestle account that included brands like Lean Cuisine, Mighty Dog and Gerber.
Coan leads internal and external communications, public affairs and oversees the company's Culinary Center.
Other Nestlé brands include Toll House, Juicy Juice and Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream.
Swiss parent Nestle S.A. had 2011 sales of $94 billion.
MARINO TO BREW PR FOR MILLERCOORS
Peter Marino, president of the PR operation of Minneapolis marketing communications firm Olson, is moving in-house at MillerCoors in the new post of VP, communications.
Marino, who had consulted for Miller Brewing and handled MillerCoors as a client at Olson, founded Dig Communications in 2004, building the PR firm up to 50 staffers and five offices before it was acquired by Olson in 2010.
MC, based in Chicago, was formed by the 2008 merger of beer giants Miller Brewing and SABMiller.
Neil Horton, former senior VP of comms. and government affairs for Miller Brewing, is chief public affairs and communications officer at MC.
APCO GETS PAYMENT FROM WALKER FUND
APCO Worldwide’s Chicago office received a $10K payment from a legal defense fund for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in May, according to campaign finance records.
The payment, which came weeks after Walker won a contentious recall election in the Badger State, came from the Scott Walker Trust and was made alongside other outlays to law firms totaling more than $155K.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which highlighted the filing, said the trust is a fund created to pay Walker's legal expenses associated with a three-year-old investigation by the Milwaukee County district attorney into former Walker aides when he was the county's executive.
Tilden Katz, an attorney who heads APCO’s Chicago office, and an APCO spokeswoman did not return inquiries from O’Dwyer’s.