Agency People News in Brief (January 7, 2008)
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Agency People News in Brief (January 7, 2008)

Senior promotions at Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, Warschawski and Goodman Media; a new CEO at Northlich; and an FDA advisory committee appointment for a Hill & Knowlton executive.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Andrea Morgan, who joined Euro RSCG Worldwide PR in November, 2006, as senior vice president of the agency’s consumer group, has been promoted to executive vice president, managing director of consumer brands, North America.  Kristin Dwyer, who joined the agency in January 2007 as an associate vice president, has been promoted to vice president, consumer practice. Morgan, who reports directly to Lisa Sepulveda, CEO, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, has been instrumental in building the consumer practice at the agency over the past 12 months, securing assignments from clients such as Schering-Plough and Sears.

CINCINNATI—Mark Serrianne, CEO of communications agency Northlich, has sold his interest in the firm to chief operating officer Kathy Selker, who becomes president and CEO. Since joining Northlich in 2000, Selker has gained increasing responsibility for client services, media, digital and operations. She expanded Northlich’s capabilities in brand planning and new media by recruiting talented new leaders and spearheaded the acquisition of Columbus-based Interactive Ink, which added to Northlich’s digital capabilities. 

NEW YORK—AnnaMaria DeSalva, worldwide director of healthcare, at Hill & Knowlton, has been appointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s newly formed Risk Communication Advisory Committee, which will advise FDA about how best to communicate to the public about the risks and benefits of all FDA-regulated products. The advisory committee’s 15 voting members were selected from 240 nominees and include independent experts and public members. Experts were chosen from the fields of risk communication, risk perception, decision analysis, communication, social marketing, health literacy, journalism, and other behavioral and social sciences.

BALTIMORE—Warschawski has promoted Andrea DiRuscio to senior associate, responsible for all aspects of client servicing, including strategic planning, campaign development and execution, media relations and account management. Since joining Warschawski in July 2007 as an associate, DiRuscio has provided support for the agency’s clients, including W.L. Gore, The Athlete’s Foot and NexCen Brands.

NEW YORK—Goodman Media International today announced the promotion of three executives. John Bianchi has been promoted to vice president from senior account director. He joined Goodman Media in 2004 and has 20 years’ experience in communications for television networks including CBS, NBC, and CNN and in the nonprofit sector, as director of communications for the National Audubon Society. Beth Olsen has been promoted to senior account director from account director and Sabrina Strauss has been promoted to account director from account manager.

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