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Mercurio Stars in Motion Picture Assn.'s PR Push

Thu, Sep. 10, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

John MercurioJohn Mercurio, a veteran of Burson-Marsteller, Purple Strategies and CNN, will join the Motion Picture Assn. on Sept. 28 as senior VP-corporate communications.

Beyah Takes Ride on Union Pacific Railroad

Fri, Aug. 28, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Clarissa BeyahClarissa Beyah, who stepped down in April as VP-strategic communications at Northwestern Mutual, has signed on as chief communications officer at Union Pacific, the freight railroad that serves 23 states. (1 reader comment)

Hering Schuppener's Verdaux Takes PMI Post

Tue, Aug. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Gregiore VerdeauxHering Schuppener partner Gregoire Verdaux is heading to Philip Morris International, where he will take on the position of senior VP external affairs on Sept. 1.

Publicis Bounces Goodwin Over COVID Tweets

Wed, Aug. 5, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Tom GoodwinPublicis Groupe has fired Tom Goodwin, who took the head of futures and insight post earlier this year, following his controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic and exchanges with other ad people.

Philips Lighting's Kanter Moves to ING

Mon, Jun. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Melissa KanterMelissa Kanter, who headed integrated communications for Philips Lighting in North America, has moved to ING Americas, financial services marketer.

Microsoft Shutters Retail Network

Fri, Jun. 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Microsoft StoreMicrosoft today announced it is closing its 83 retail stores, abandoning its plan to mimic Apple's successful strategy.

Ecolab Partners with Team WPP

Wed, Jun. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

EcolabEcolab, provider of sanitization and disinfection services, has hired WPP to promote how companies that use its services can position themselves as the gold standard of cleanliness as economies reopen in the post-COVID-19 era.

Deloitte Digital Chief Takes Ogilvy Helm

Tue, Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Andy MainAndy Main, global chief at Deloitte Digital, will be the new CEO of Ogilvy, taking over for John Seifert, who announced his plan to step down in April.

Turton Trots to Tyson

Thu, Jun. 18, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Dan TurtonDan Turton, who was VP North American public policy at General Motors and an Obama White House alum, will join Tyson Foods on June 29 as senior VP, global government affairs.

My Time with Larry

Thu, May 28, 2020

By Paul Oestreicher

Paul OestreicherLarry Kramer, the playwright and AIDS activist, died yesterday at age 84. He left his mark in two different worlds—the arts and healthcare. He changed me, too.

UT's Parsons Returns to H+K

Tue, May 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Kelli ParsonsKelli Parsons, senior VP & chief communications officer at United Technologies, is returning to Hill+Knowlton Strategies as global chair, corporate affairs on June 15.

H&K Wraps Up DS Smith

Thu, Apr. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

DS SmithHill+Knowlton Strategies has aced a competitive pitch for DS Smith, London-based $7.5B global packaging giant.

AIG's Juarez Shifts to DWS

Fri, Apr. 17, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Kenneth JuarezAIG's Kenneth Juarez, a Burson-Marsteller and Abernathy MacGregor veteran, joins DWS Group, an asset management firm that was spun off by Deutsche Bank, as communications chief.

Altria CEO Retires as He Recovers From COVID-19

Fri, Apr. 17, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Howard WillardAltria Group announced today that CEO Howard Willard retired April 14 and was succeeded by vice chairman & CFO Billy Gifford. He is recovering from COVID-19.

Dee Dee Myers Calls it a Wrap at Warner Bros

Mon, Feb. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Dee Dee MyersDee Dee Myers, who served as Bill Clinton’s first press secretary, is leaving her post as executive vp of worldwide corporate communications and public affairs at Warner Bros.

Rethinking Corporate Apologies

Thu, Feb. 20, 2020

By Matthew Beaton

Matthew BeatonThe slightest misstep in today’s social-media-driven culture can push companies into crisis mode – issuing knee-jerk public apologies that can cheapen genuine expressions of contrition down the road.

Barker Cruises to Carnival

Thu, Jan. 30, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Heidi BarkerCarnival Corp. has named Heidi Barker to the newly created position of VP- corporate communications in its ethics and compliance department. She will join the cruise line company in March.

American Air's Scott Flies to United

Fri, Jan. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Leslie ScottLeslie Scott, who was American Airlines' senior manager for global communications, is moving to United Airlines.

Ogilvy Cuts 80 Staffers

Thu, Jan. 16, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

OgilvyOgilvy has cut 80 staffers, which is about four percent of its workforce, following a “challenging second half of 2019 and a cautious outlook for year 2020,” according to a memo from CEO John Seifert. (1 reader comment)

Twitter, Google Vet Prosser Joins Edelman

Wed, Jan. 15, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jim ProsserJim Prosser, a Twitter and Google veteran, has signed on at Edelman as managing director-corporate affairs & advisory services for the US western region.

McKinsey Puts Grace in Charge of NA Media

Fri, Jan. 10, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Neil GraceMcKinsey & Co. has named former Federal Communications Commission PR staffer Neil Grace head of media relations for North America. (1 reader comment)