Agency People News In Brief (February 20, 2012)
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Agency People News In Brief (February 20, 2012)

New people in new roles at Edelman, GolinHarris, WebeDr Shandwick, WCG, Allison, 360 Public Relations, Dukas, and Susan Davis.

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LOS ANGELES—Edelman has named Marie Kennedy as executive vice president, serving as group head for Edelman Los Angeles' corporate practice, as well as US lead of DJE Science's life sciences group. He will report to James Williams, general manager of the LA office and Lynn Hanessian, president of DJE Science. Prior to joining Edelman, Kennedy served as director of global communications for Baxter International, and earlier was vice president of corporate communications for Amgen and president of the Amgen Foundation.

CHICAGO—GolinHarris has appointed Margaret Shubny as executive director in the healthcare practice at its Chicago office. She will lead and manage several client relationships and report to Farah Speer, executive director and leader of the office’s healthcare practice. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Shubny served most recently as managing director of the healthcare practice at Burson-Marsteller in Chicago. Earlier, she was with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, working at the business unit, group and corporate levels on internal and external communications.

CHICAGO—Weber Shandwick has added Jim Paul (pictured) as executive creative director. Paul has nearly two decades of experience and joins from Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, where he served as creative director and vice president. At Weber Shandwick, he will be responsible for designing multi-platform campaigns for the firm’s global client base, advising on brand’s creative approaches and providing guidance to clients as they develop creative strategies. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

SAN FRANCISCO—WCG has added Leslie Wheeler, as practice leader; Courtney Walker, group director; Cira Montreys, group medical director; and Shelley Parsons; group director, creative. Wheeler joins WCG from DNA Medical Communications, a division of Weber Shandwick, where she served as general manager and executive vice president and led the Celgene account. Walker was most recently with Edelman. Montreys was previously with Evolution Medical Communications, where she served as chief medical officer. And Parsons has 20 years of experience as an art director.

WASHINGTON, DC—Allison+Partners has named Trudi Boyd general manager of its Washington, DC, office. Boyd joins following nearly 14 years at FTI Consulting, where she was most recently managing director of the health and life sciences practice. In her new role, Boyd will leverage her expertise in public affairs consulting, legislative and regulatory program planning, crisis management, coalition management and media training to expand the firm's public affairs practice.

BOSTON—360 Public Relations has expanded its 360PR Social digital and social media team with the addition of Lesley Ridge as content/community manager. Ridge previously served as digital services manager at k-global, a strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC, and worked with the AT&T Foundation and America's Promise Alliance, Colin Powell's education non-profit, at Vox Global.

NEW YORK—Dukas Public Relations has hired veteran technology communications professional Randy Orndorf as vice president to lead the company’s expanding technology practice. Orndorf has worked at technology public relations firms including Horn Group, Managing Salvage & Lee, and Lois Paul & Partners both in the US and Europe, for clients including IBM, Unisys, BMC Software and Staffware.

WASHINGTON, DC—Susan Davis International has promoted Daniel Gregory to director. In addition, Sara Neumann and Victoria Shapiro have been promoted to senior account executives; Phillip Johnson has been promoted to account executive and now serves as manager of creative services; and Brielle Day was promoted to account executive.

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