Agency People News in Brief (June 7, 2010)
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Agency People News in Brief (June 7, 2010)

J. Michael Harty has joined Kearns & West as senior director and senior mediator, plus new people in new roles at MWW Group, Linhart Public Relations and Lane PR.

Paul Holmes

SACRAMENTO—J. Michael Harty has joined Kearns & West as senior director and senior mediator in the Sacramento area. Harty brings experience gained over 15 years working in the field of conflict resolution and before that nine years as a practicing attorney. He has worked with federal agencies including the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Army Corps of Engineers. His practice covers both conflict management and resolution and evaluation of public decision making and policy implementation.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—MWW Group has hired Deirdre Sullivan as vice president of its DialogueMedia practice. Sullivan brings more than 15 years of experience as a promotional and marketing expert in creating, building and launching innovative and compelling online experiences for media companies, and lifestyle, retail, and fashion brands. Prior to joining MWW Group, she co-founded Gritty Pretty PR, a company that specialized in developing publicity, social media and marketing campaigns for beauty, fashion and lifestyle clients including InStyle magazine, SEED Body Care and


DENVER—Linhart Public Relations has promoted Kelly Janhunen to account director. Janhunen, who most recently held the position of account supervisor, joined Linhart PR in November 2003 and leads several consumer marketing accounts, including Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Chipotle Mexican Grill. In her new role, Janhunen will continue to oversee the planning, execution and evaluation of client programs. In 2009, Janhunen was named a partner at Linhart PR, which is evolving toward broader employee ownership. She is among the firm’s five partners.


NEW YORK—Lane PR hashired Melissa Moore, formerly with MAP Communications and Fleishman-Hillard, as account director and added four executives to the staff: senior account executive Jane Taber; and account executives Kristin Heilman, Tracy Anderson and Ted Lane. Additionally, Jamie Godfrey has been promoted to senior account executive. 

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