Corporate People News in Brief (July 21, 2008)
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Corporate People News in Brief (July 21, 2008)

Harper's Magazine has named Kathy Park vice president, public relations, plus new people in new roles at Harvard University, Detroit Renaissance, and Agility Defense & Government Services.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Harper's Magazine has named Kathy Park vice president, public relations. She will report to John MacArthur, president and publisher and will be responsible for the magazine's media relations, public relations, marketing, branding, and promotions. Previously, Park was manager of public relations for The New York Times Company from 2000 to 2005 and earlier served as a publicist for CNN in its New York bureau.


BOSTON—Christine Heenan, a veteran of federal government, university public relations, and communications consulting, has been named vice president for government, community and public affairs at Harvard University. She joins from Clarendon Group, a communications and government relations consulting firm she founded in 2000 after directing community and government relations at Brown University. Previously, she served as a domestic policy adviser and speechwriter in the Clinton White House.


DETROIT—Detroit Renaissance, an organization seeking to accelerate the economic transformation of Detroit and Southeast Michigan, has named Kirsten Ussery director of communications. In her new position, Ussery will manage media relations, communications, outreach, and marketing efforts. She joins Detroit Renaissance from John Bailey & Associates (JB&A), a Troy-based public relations firm, where she was most recently account executive for several automotive clients including Henkel North America and DuPont.


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Veteran journalist Jim Cox has joined Agility Defense & Government Services as vice president of public affairs. Cox, who spent 21 years at USA TODAY as an editor, foreign correspondent and business journalist, will be responsible for public relations, marketing and government relations at Agility DGS, the public sector arm of Agility and provides supply chain management, logistics services and commodity services to defense and government customers.


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