News in Brief (January 20)
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News in Brief (January 20)

The Titan Network has been selected to provide consumer and trade public relations and promotion services for Frïs Vodka Skandia, a premium vodka imported from Denmark.

Paul Holmes

ATLANTA—The Titan Network has been selected to provide consumer and trade public relations and promotion services for Frïs Vodka Skandia, a premium vodka imported from Denmark. The annual budget for the consumer and trade public relations programs is in the high six-figure range. Titan will be working with Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Zimmerman and Partners Advertising, AN Omnicom-owned ad agency that is directing overall brand development and identity activities for Frïs and will design and execute several national promotions to help Frïs reach its case sales goals as well as raise awareness for its revolutionary freeze distillation process. 

SAN FRANCISCO—Edelman has named Bob Wynne executive vice president and deputy general manager of its San Francisco office. Wynne will work with general manager Nicole Russell in leading the 30-person office serving such clients as Gap, Schwab, Kaiser Permanente and Netflix and will also assist the firm with new business development. Wynne has both corporate and agency experience, having worked at Bank of America, GCI Group and Singer Associates.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Several clients have followed for Qorvis Communications executives Judy Smith, Jim Weber and Bernie Merritt to their new home at Omnicom’s Clark & Weinstock unit, where they launched Weber Merritt & Smith. The clients include healthcare company and AmeriChoice and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The trio has also been joined by former colleagues Steve Shur and Brendan Marr, who will handle grassroots programs.

DALLAS—Shelton, an integrated communications firm providing public relations, investor relations, creative design and marketing for high-tech companies, has joined Public Relations Organization International as its newest North American member. The deal gives Shelton and its clients access to a network of 50 PR agency partners around the world.

NEW YORK—Stanton Crenshaw Communications has been selected by for consumer marketing and corporate communications support in the U.S.  The agency won out over four other competitors based on its expertise in creating brand-building campaigns. Stanton Crenshaw is charged with heightening’s visibility in the United States by developing differentiating platforms and maximizing the introduction of a new technology application. 

CINCINNATI—HSR Business to Business, an integrated marketing communications firm, has named Barbara Conry vice president of public relations, responsible for programs on behalf of AK Steel, Hobart Corporation, Makino and Deloitte & Touche. Conry joins HSR from Porter Novelli, where she was vice president in the corporate communications and business marketing practices, in New York and Chicago.

NEW YORK—Julie Johnson Staples has been promoted from vice president to managing director in the marketing department at Warburg Pincus. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, she was executive managing director and U.S. director of media relations at Hill & Knowlton.

LOS ANGELES—Suzanne Finne has been promoted to vice president, management supervisor at The Londre Company, an L.A. firm specializing in food public relations. Finne will lead all account work and manages TLC staff related to client activity, allowing president Patti Londre to focus more on “select client projects” and the firm’s crisis management practice.

CLEVELAND—The Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Health Museum of Cleveland have engaged Dix & Eaton for communications counsel. The firm will provide media relations, marketing communications, event management and other services.

PASADENA—Overture Services, which provides pay-for-performance search for websites, has named Ken Ross as chief communications officer. He will lead the company’s corporate communications group, overseeing public and investor relations, as well as internal communications. Ross most recently served as vice president of corporate communications for consumer products maker Newell Rubbermaid, where he was responsible for internal and external communications strategies. Earlier, he served as senior vice president of communications for Internet retailer eToys and associate partner and worldwide director of media and analyst relations for Andersen Consulting.

ARLINGTON, VA—Julie Dixon has been promoted to senior vice president in the consumer practice group at Golin/Harris, and will manage the McDonald’s account in the Greater Washington area. She joined G/H in 1997 from Arnold Worldwide.

DENVER—The Murrayhill Company, a credit risk management firm working to improve transaction efficiency for investors, has selected Schenkein will develop and implement a national public relations program to increase awareness and build demand for its products and services.

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