Agency People News in Brief (March 9, 2009)
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Agency People News in Brief (March 9, 2009)

Krupp Kommunications has added John Foster as executive director, plus new people in new roles at Spectrum Science Communications, Jones Public Affairs, Nyhus Communications and the Simon Group.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK— Krupp Kommunications, a public relations, brand development, and marketing communications agency, has added John Foster as executive director. In this newly created role, Foster will be responsible for developing strategic marketing and branding initiatives, driving traditional and social media programs, and managing K2 account teams. Foster previously served as a vice president at Cohn & Wolfe in Los Angeles and was a vice president at Bender/Helper Impact, where he managed and expanded the interactive entertainment group.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Spectrum Science Communications has promoted Amanda Sellers to vice president. Sellers will continue to lead accounts in the areas of women’s health, pain management and oncology while playing a larger role in the firm’s business development and staff development efforts. Sellers joined Spectrum in 2004 and has developed a particular expertise in the complexities of pharmaceutical product approvals and launches. 


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jones Public Affairs, a healthcare public affairs agency, has appointedf Marichelli Hughes as account director. Hughes will be responsible for providing strategic counsel to clients including Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Coalition for Patients’ Rights. Prior to joining Jones Public Affairs, Hughes was a vice president with Thorp & Company, a public relations agency in Miami. 


SEATTLE—Nyhus Communications has hired Chelsea Waliser as an account executive on its public affairs team. Waliser previously worked as field director with the Washington State Campaign for Change, where she directed statewide voter contact strategy. The firm also added Josh Dill, account coordinator, new media, and promoted Jon Misola to the same title.

SELLERSVILLE, PA—Beth Smith has been appointed vice president of public relations for The Simon Group, a full service business-to-business marketing communications agency specializing in high tech and industrial accounts. Smith was promoted to the new position in response to growth of the PR part of the agency's business. Prior to joining The Simon Group, Smith had several years of experience working for business-to-business agencies in the high-tech, industrial, manufacturing, chemical and information technologies industries and served as vice president of public relations for The DEM Group.

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