Agency News In Brief (January 11, 2013)
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Agency News In Brief (January 11, 2013)

New people in new roles at Porter Novelli, Widmeyer, National, Dukas and archer malmo.

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WASHINGTON, DC—Porter Novelli Public Services has hired Brian Frederick (pictured) as a vice president in the public affairs practice. Frederick joins Porter Novelli Public Services from the Sports Fans Coalition, where he spent two years as executive director of the nation’s largest non-profit national fan advocacy organization, briefing the White House, FCC commissioners and various elected officials on the coalition’s work and serving as primary spokesperson. Prior to that he served as deputy editorial and research director for Media Matters and worked on the John Edwards for President campaign.

WASHINGTON, DC—Widmeyer Communications has promoted 11 staff members, including Dan Kaufman, who heads the firm’s PreK-12 Education practice, and was promoted to executive vice president. In addition, Chris Messina-Boyer has become a senior vice president overseeing the higher education practice; Jim Luetkemeyer has been promoted to senior vice president and head of the public affairs team. Katie Lawson was promoted to vice president; Neby Ejigu is now a senior digital producer; Chris Panetta is now a director of opinion research; Christina Saull is assistant VP; Rachel Zaentz is senior associate.

MONTREAL—National Public Relations has named Christian Marcoux as vice-president, healthcare, to head the healthcare communications practice in its Montreal office. Marcoux’s career began at National nearly 15 years ago. He has since taken on increasingly senior roles in the biopharmaceutical industry, most recently as associate vice-president, global internal communications and studio productions, at Sanofi’s headquarters in Paris. Prior to Sanofi, he worked at Pfizer, Merck and Procyon Biopharma.

NEW YORK—Dukas Public Relations has promoted Zach Kouwe to a director in the asset management and hedge fund group. In his new position, Mr. Kouwe will increase his management and advisory responsibilities with many of DPR’s leading clients to help them achieve their strategic communications goals. Kouwe joined DPR in early 2011 as a senior account executive after nearly a decade as a journalist.

MEMPHIS, TN—archer>malmo, one of the the Mid-South’s leading marketing communications agencies, had added Brad Carmony, Liz Hamilton and Julie Lux to its public relations department. Account director Carmony comes to archer>malmo with nearly 15 years’ experience, most recently with Hilton Worldwide where he oversaw international public relations for Homewood Suites. Account supervisor Lux joins after working as a senior consultant at West Mill Consulting. And account coordinator Hamilton came to archer>malmo from Stone Ward in Little Rock, Ark.

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