Agency People News in Brief (February 26, 2007)
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Agency People News in Brief (February 26, 2007)

Marcy Simon has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as a new senior advisor. Simon comes to Ogilvy PR with over 20 years of global communications experience, including expertise in the fields of crisis management, consumer marketing and technology.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Marcy Simon has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as a new senior advisor. Simon comes to Ogilvy PR with over 20 years of global communications experience, including expertise in the fields of crisis management, consumer marketing and technology. She has worked with CEOs from such companies as Microsoft, Sony and Boeing and in the public sector, most recently serving as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton on his Global Initiative, a position she still holds.

KNOXVILLE, TN—Ackermann PR has hired Travis Akard as art director. Akard has nearly 10 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator and will oversee the agency’s creative services department responsible for the development of marketing and communications products and collateral including corporate identity, consumer packaging, advertising, website design and multi-media. Most recently, Akard served as Senior Designer for Berkline/Benchcraft, in charge of collateral and brand development as well as point-of-purchase signage and displays. Additionally, he has filled creative director and designer roles at Red Clay Creative and Philips Consumer Electronics.

MINNEAPOLIS—Padilla Speer Beardsley, an independent public relations consulting firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York, has added Janet Stacey as vice president of its healthcare and medical device practice area. Prior to joining Padilla, Stacey was president of her own healthcare marketing and public relations firm based in Austin, Tex. She also was director of strategic marketing and public relations for Zimmer, Inc. (formerly Centerpulse Orthopedics), and vice president of business development for, a start-up healthcare technology group.

HOUSTON—GolinHarris has promoted Sarah Lawton to vice president from account group supervisor. In her new role, Lawton will continue to manage key client relationships and help oversee new business development. She joined GolinHarris in 2004 to lead a team working to promote two key semiconductor businesses within Texas Instruments.

NEW YORK—Scott Beaudoin has joined DeVries Public Relations as senior vice president in the consumer division, working on Crest Whitestrips, Thermacare and Vicks accounts. Beaudoin was previously vice president at Cone, where he developed and managed programs for client such as Yoplait, General Mills, ConAgra Foods, and CVS/pharmacy. Prior to that, he was at Mullen where he was the director of consumer and technology media relations at the firm.  

ST. LOUIS—The Vandiver Group has promoted Libby Wilson and Laura Varndell to group leader and senior team leader, respectively. Wilson joined TVG in 2004 and has more than 17 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and communications. Varndell joined TVG in 2006 from London, England, and her experience includes work in corporate communications, media relations, issues management and stakeholder relations.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Healthcare public relations specialist Spectrum Science Communications has promoted Katherine Maynard to executive vice president, client services. Maynard will have oversight for all client service, staffing, human resources and administrative functions.

NEW YORK—The Morris + King Company has promoted Lane Buschel to vice president. Buschel joined MKC in 2006 as account supervisor and has worked with the company’s tech practice and clients such as AdBrite,, Freewebs, Heavy, Jajah, MotionBox, Special Ops Media and Stardoll.

LOS ANGELES— Charisse Browner has been named vice president and group account director at Lagrant Communications, where she serves as the lead contact for Harley-Davidson. Prior to joining the firm, Browner was public affairs director for KPWR 106 FM for more than eight years and president/executive director for 11 years for the station’s nonprofit fund, Knowledge Is Power.

ARLINGTON, TX—Blanchard Schaefer Advertising & Public Relations has added Kevin Nicoletti as senior account manager. Nicoletti will focus his efforts on managing core accounts within the agency’s expanding supply chain and logistics vertical. He was previously an account executive at Witherspoon Advertising & Public Relations and then GCG Advertising in Fort Worth.

ATLANTA—Arketi Group, an integrated marketing consultancy, has expanded its creative capabilities with the addition of Jim Densmore as art director. Densmore has more than 16 years experience creating advertising and collateral and high-end electronic art and working for clients such as General Motors, The Home Depot, SAKS and Coca- Cola.

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