Agency People News in Brief (October 27, 2008)
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Holmes Report

Agency People News in Brief (October 27, 2008)

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations has added Courtenay Rossi to its Washington presence; plus new people in new positions at Racepoint Group, Catalyst, and Weber Shandwick.

Paul Holmes

NASHVILLE—McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations is expanding its presence in Washington, D.C., adding Courtenay Rossi, an MP&F vice president, who will help manage client work and assist in developing new business opportunities there. Rossi, who joined MP&F in November 2004 following a 15-year broadcast journalism career, has joined vice president Mandy Cawood in the firm’s capital are office. Cawood has been based in Alexandria, Va., since September 2007.


WALTHAM, MA—Racepoint Group has appointed Tod Donhauser as senior vice president of its corporate practice. Donhauser joins Racepoint from the Washington, D.C., office of Edelman Public Relations, where he served as head of the public affairs group and where his clients included GE Water and Process Technologies, PhRMA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Consumer Health Products Association, United Way and the Kingdom of Morocco. Prior to Edelman, Donhauser served four years as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.


NEW YORK—Consumer public relations agency Catalyst has named Tristan Panasik as director of emerging media. Panasik will assist clients in developing and executing interactive and online public relations campaigns. Previously manager of new media at Zeta Interactive, Panasik played a leadership role in the expansion of the organization’s new media offerings, where she spearheaded off-site SEO tactics, ePR campaigns, and general Web 2.0 and social marketing programs.


BLOOMINGTON, MN—The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick has promoted Polly Ligon O’Grady to vice president in its technology practice. Since joining Weber Shandwick in 2000, O’Grady has been a leader for clients in a range of industries including agriculture, food processing, and industrial manufacturing. Before joining Weber Shandwick, O’Grady was director of public relations for Friendship Ventures, a nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities.

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