Agency People News in Brief (December 14, 2009)
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Agency People News in Brief (December 14, 2009)

Edelman has hired David Armano as a senior vice president in its digital practice, plus new people in new roles at Coyne Public Relations, Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations, and Echo Media Group.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Edelman has hired David Armano as a senior vice president in its digital practice. Armano is author of the Logic + Emotion blog and has written for Harvard Business Review and BusinessWeek. He was most recently with Dachis Group, a social business design consultancy, where he was part of the founding team and served as a senior partner. Prior to Dachis, he spent time in creative and strategic roles at firms including Critical Mass, Digitas and  Armano will report to Rick Murray, president of Edelman Digital.


PARSIPPANY, NJ—Sue Murphy has joined the toy and juvenile product division at Coyne Public Relations as a vice president. Murphy spent the previous 15 years at Freeman Public Relations, where she spearheaded the PR efforts of several consumer brands such as Tyco Toys, Mattel and Fisher-Price and oversaw notable campaigns including the original Tickle Me Elmo launch and the 50th birthday of Matchbox Cars.

NEW YORK—Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has added Jennifer Maguire Coughlin as managing director. She joins NJFPR after four years as a senior vice president at M. Silver Associates where she handled destination, hotel and travel industry clients. Previously, Coughlin held positions in the travel and lifestyle practice at Weber Shandwick and the consumer group at Edelman.


LAKE FOREST, CA—Echo Media Group has promoted Beth Quezada to the position of assistant vice president, and Vivian Chan and Amy Wallace to the position of senior account executive. Quezada joined EMG in 2003 and served most recently as an account supervisor. In her new role as assistant vice president, she will create overall communication strategies for clients, manage staff and client relationships, as well as help drive the agency’s growth strategies.

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