Agency People News in Brief (May 5, 2008)
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Agency People News in Brief (May 5, 2008)

Weber Shandwick adds Watson as group director, plus new people in new positions at CooperKatz & Company and LaVoie Group.

Paul Holmes

ATLANTA—Dave Watson has joined the Atlanta office of Weber Shandwick as group director. Watson comes to Weber Shandwick with more than 15 years of experience in the United States and Japan developing and leading internal and external communications programs. As group director, he will play a leading role in the office’s business marketing and corporate practices. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Watson served in communications roles at Aflac, as manager of Aflac’s HR communications function and prior to that as media liaison.

NEW YORK—CooperKatz & Company has expanded its senior management ranks with the hiring of Camille Priselac as manager, client services. Priselac joins the firm from Chevron Corporation, where most recently she served as communications specialist, Richmond refinery policy, government and public affairs. Her media experience includes serving as chief spokesperson for Tier-1 television, print and radio interviews including CNN, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.  Her portfolio also includes extensive hands-on experience in crisis planning, response and training.

SALEM, MA—LaVoie Group, a public and investor relations firm focused in providing counsel to life sciences focused companies, has appointed Catherine Cloft as vice president. Cloft comes to LaVoie from Nucryst Pharmaceuticals, where she was associate director, communications, marketing, & business development.  She has a strong life sciences background and gas worked at several companies including Apothecom Associates, a medical communications agency; Connetics Corporation; Abbott Laboratories; and Johnson & Johnson. 

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