News in Brief (April 20)
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News in Brief (April 20)

Waste Management has named David Beigie as vice president of corporate communications. Beigie will be responsible for implementing an effective external and internal communications program for Waste Management.

Paul Holmes

HOUSTON—Waste Management has named David Beigie as vice president of corporate communications. Beigie will be responsible for implementing an effective external and internal communications program for Waste Management and will report to Barry Caldwell, senior vice president of government affairs and corporate communications. Beigie joins Waste Management from Weber Shandwick, where he served as senior vice president and head of the Denver office.

RALEIGH—Capital Strategies closed out a strong first quarter by adding two new clients: MCNC
Research and Development Institute and Yankelovich. Capital Strategies will provide marketing, public relations and creative services to help MCNC grow its research and licensing revenues with the federal government and commercial industry. Yankelovich, the consumer research and marketing consultancy, has retained Capital Strategies to provide national media relations to position the company as a marketing thought leader and solution provider. 

CAMBRIDGE—Francesca DeVellis has rejoined the Feinstein Kean Healthcare unit of Ogilvy Public Relations as vice president of its biotechnology communications practice. She is the second senior-level executive to rejoin the firm recently, following the return of founder Marcia Kean as chief executive officer. DeVellis will lead a multi-disciplinary group that offers scientific and technical writing skills, media relations and investor relations experience, and knowledge of the complex array of financing, business development, regulatory, public policy and commercial issues faced by biotech clients.

NEW YORK—5W Public Relations has been hired by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, the official Israeli governmental body responsible for increasing tourism to the state of Israel. The firm has formed a strategic partnership with Geoffrey Weill Associates, a travel public relations specialist to address the expanded needs of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, and to work to waive the State Department’s advisory regarding travel to Israel.

NEW YORK—FD Morgen-Walke has hired Andrew Maas, a six-year veteran of GCI Group’s corporate practice, as a vice president in the firm’s New York office, reporting to Michael Bayer senior VP and director of the corporate communications practice. Maas will focus on developing the firm’s expertise in corporate positioning and business-to-business marketing services. Prior to FDMW, Maas spent more than six years with GCI Group, working with brands such as Siemens Business Services and NTT America.

SILICON VALLEY—Princeton Softech has tapped the Silicon Valley and New York offices of Edelman for public relations. “Edelman’s expertise, relevant experience and ability to integrate multiple communications disciplines for a highly targeted objective made them the obvious partner of choice,” said Jenn Reese, Princeton Softech’s manager, global marketing communications.

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME—Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of high performance products that optimize system power for multiple end markets, has named Dan Janson as senior director of investor relations. Janson will take over the role from Pete Groth, who has been promoted to vice president and treasurer. Janson will report directly to Groth.

NEW YORK—Euro RSCG Life NRP, formerly Noonan Russo, has added four new clients to its west coast practice. The firm will provide corporate communications and marketing support to San Diego, CA-based Anadys Pharmaceuticals; Mobile PET Systems; and SkinMedica; and Boulde -based Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—The MWW Group has hired Chris Obudho as public affairs director at the firm’s corporate headquarters. Obudho will help manage lobbying efforts and grassroots initiatives on behalf of many of MWW’s clients. Before joining MWW, Obudho served as campaign manager for Congressman Mike Ferguson’s (R-NJ) successful 2002 campaign.

SAN FRANCISCO—Oliver McCrum Wines, one of the nation’s finest Italian wine importers, has appointed Best Public Relations to handle its national PR. Best Public Relations is charged with increasing awareness of Oliver McCrum Wines and with securing substantial media coverage in the national, business, and trade press. Additionally, Olivia—the world’s best-known provider of travel services for lesbians and their families and friends—has the firm to secure substantial media coverage.

CHICAGO—Cathy Yingling, most recently a vice president in the Chicago office of Weber Shandwick, has joined PR21 as a vice president in its Chicago consumer group.  Yingling will be responsible for leading several account groups, in addition to participating in new business development.

CENTENNIAL, CO—Peter Webb Public Relations has added three new accounts: Green Industries of Colorado, East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District,  and Hawkins & Powers Aviation.

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