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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Jul. 23, 2012 - Vol. 45 - No. 29 (download PDF version)

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Cision AB, acknowledging an “eventful” second quarter in which it settled a major copyright claim from Dow Jones, reported revenue for the period increased 7.4% to SEK 260M ($37.5M), although operating profit plummeted 130% to a loss of SEK 9M, about $1.3M.

Cision said it took a SEK 45M charge ($6.5M) to cover the costs of the settlement with Dow Jones, as well as legal fees and the cost of implementing production changes related to the copyright claim.

CEO Gans Gieskes said the company’s ongoing “transformation” and focus on growth is paying off with gains in the U.S. and Europe.

The PR software provider’s U.S. revenue grew 11% during Q2 as investments in sales and its services have paid off. Its struggling Canadian operations saw revenue fall 5%, down from average losses of 13% over the past year. Total revenue for North America rose nearly 20% to SEK 205M ($29.6M) as organic growth swung positive to 8% over Q1 of 2011.

Cision said it has 13,103 customers, including 9,270 of its CisionPoint software, up from 8,943 in December.

Gieskes noted the positive revenue growth contrasted with “two key events” in the U.S. during Q2.

Cision sold off its U.S. print monitoring business to BurrellesLuce for $2M last month saying digital has hastened revenue declines in the space. But the business was worth $11M in revenue in 2011. It had previously unloaded European print operations.

Cision in June paid out a “significant sum” to Dow Jones, according to the media company, to settle an infringement claim. Among the material risks and uncertainties Cision lists in its filings is the potential tightening of copyright and data protection laws, which could limit its ability to distribute information or cause higher fees to rights holders.

Cision last month hired Dawn Conway, an attorney and former VP of global licensing for Lexis Nexis, to be senior VP of global content licensing responsible for acquiring and retaining all licensed content in support of its global businesses, including its news monitoring and media database services.

Cision has 1,221 employees.


Julia Hood, who left as the first paid president/CEO of the Arthur W. Page Society on Nov. 18 after 18 months in the post, did not have a three-year contract with Page as reported June 26.

Offer of such a contract was reported in the 2011 IRS Form 990 of Page but this was a mistake, a pickup of verbiage from a previous contract, said Roger Bolton, who succeeded Hood as president.

Hood was paid a total of $378,565 for her 18-month stay, which included a $50,000 performance bonus at the end of the first year.

She departed to previous employer PR Week/U.S, although boundless enthusiasm had greeted her arrival and her allegedly stellar performance earned her a $50K bonus.

Bolton said Hood’s performance was “exceptional and the board of trustees is grateful for her service.”

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Joe Shantz, director of marketing insights for Yahoo!, to Porter Novelli, New York, as senior VP of digital analytics. Shantz, who joined the agency on July 16, reports to Karen van Bergen, senior partner and managing director of the Omnicom unit’s New York office. Earlier, he was director of analytics at News Corp.’s MySpace and held digital and research posts at PHD (research director), Turner Broadcasting (director, digital media research), and Omnicom’s BBDO (research manager).

Karen Sung, director of PR, Callison, to Nyhus Communications, Seattle, as director of PR. She was previously a VP at Waggener Edstrom and an associate producer for FOX's Seattle/Tacoma affiliate. Jonna Bell, also of Callison, joins Nyhus as account manager of marketing.

Ed Lamoureaux, senior VP at WestGlen Communications, to Ketchum, New York, as senior VP and director of business development. He was VP of U.S. sales for The NewsMarket (now Synaptic) and VP of sales at VMS, among other posts.

Jessica Drouet, A/C, Newlink Group, to Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications, New York, as a junior A/E handling Trinidad & Tobago and TDC.

John Digles, senior VP who led consumer marketing teams at Edelman, re-joins MWW Group as executive VP and GM of the firm's Chicago office. He was previously chief marketing officer for Xango after nearly a decade at MWW in the 1990s to mid-2000s.

Kim Eberhardt, VP of marketing and comms., Hennessey Capital, to Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, Farmington Hills, Mich., as senior account manager.

Tammy Lee Stanoch, VP of corporate and foundation relations, Univ. of Minnesota Foundation, to Carlson, Minneapolis, as VP, corporate comms.

Kevin Slagle,, principal and partner, Capitol Public Affairs, to Ogilvy PR, Sacramento, as a senior VP in its corporate comms. unit. He is a 10-year veteran of Porter Novelli and held posts at Edelman and Teichert Aggregates. His specialties are land use policy, environmental advocacy and legislative affairs.

Catherine Keill, deputy chief of staff to the mayor of Edmonton, Alb., to Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Edmonton, as a senior A/D.

Stephen Corsi,, VP and managing director for iCrossing, to Lewis PR, San Francisco, as VP of digital marketing in theU.S. He was chief marketing officer at First NLC Financial Services and senior VP of marketing at First Franklin Financial Corp.


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Mary Skafidas to VP, investor relations and PR, Loews Corp., New York. She joined in January as IR chief after serving as VP of corporate comms. and marketing for McGraw-Hill Education.

Sam Kennedy and Kate Vorys to associate A/Es, McNeely Pigott & Fox PR, Nashville. They joined the firm in 2011.

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