News in Brief (January 6)
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News in Brief (January 6)

Porter Novelli’s Washington office has promoted Kathryn Kahler Vose to executive vice president and Roger Lowe to senior vice president. In addition, Jim Healy is returning to the firm as a senior vice president.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Porter Novelli’s Washington office has promoted Kathryn Kahler Vose to executive vice president and Roger Lowe to senior vice president. In addition, Jim Healy is returning to the firm as a senior vice president. Vose joined Porter Novelli after serving four and a half years as vice president, communications & marketing, for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Healy is a 10-year veteran of Porter Novelli, having most recently served as the technology practice leader in Washington, D.C.  He returns to the agency after two years with Relatable, a software company.


HARTFORD—United Technologies has named George Jamison III as vice president of communications, a position he has held at General Motors’ Hughes Electronics since 1999. He will report to UTC chairman and chief executive George David. Jamison also has 15 years of experience managing communications for General Electric, including its CNBC Business News Network.


SHERBORN, MA—Ronald Trahan Associates has become a partner in Public Relations Organisation International, a network of public relations firms in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Africa. RTA is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a public relations and investor relations firm focused on serving companies, both public and private, in the life sciences industry—including biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as trade-related associations and organizations.


RICHMOND—EAA (The Experimental Aircraft Association) has selected Carter Ryley Thomas Public Relations & Marketing Counsel to serve as its agency of record for its Countdown to Kitty Hawk campaign, a celebration of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. The agency will coordinate public relations and media relations efforts between the EAA, the organizers of Countdown to Kitty Hawk, and its sponsors, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Eclipse Aviation, as well as their individual PR agencies. CRT succeeds Haberman & Associates of Minneapolis on the project. The agency also serves as the agency of record for the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.


BUFFALO—Travers Collins & Company has hired Peter Cutler as a senior public affairs counselor.  Cutler, former communications director for Buffalo Mayor Masiello, comes to Travers Collins from the Buffalo office of Eric Mower & Associates for whom he served as director of public relations services. According to William Collins, principal of the agency, “We are doing more and more work involving the public sector, so Peter’s knowledge of local and state government will be invaluable to us.  His working relationships and knowledge of Albany will be of great benefit to our clients and hopefully serve as an attraction for new business.”


CHANTILLY, VA—Benet Wilson has been named senior manager of corporate communications for Rolls-Royce North America, responsible for directing all communications activities for the company’s civil aerospace business in North America. Wilson joins Rolls-Royce with more than a decade of experience in the civil aerospace industry, most recently as director of corporate communications for Mesa Air Group in Phoenix. Previously, she served for eight years as the editor of Commuter/Regional Airline News, a trade newsletter published by Washington, D.C.-based PBI Media.


SANTA BARBARA—Independent public relations firm Davies has added Cottage Health System to its client list. The agency will provide strategic communication services to Cottage Health System during the rebuilding of the system’s flagship hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, as well as ongoing public relations and marketing support. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is taking steps to comply with new seismic and code requirements mandated by the State of California in Senate Bill 1953.


MIAMI—FH Hispania, the recently announced Hispanic marketing unit of Fleishman-Hillard, has named Anita Alban vice president for the Western region. In addition to her West Coast duties, she will head the unit’s entertainment accounts.Before joining FH Hispania, she was vice president/director of communication with cruzk/kravetz:IDEAS.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Widmeyer Communications has expanded its portfolio of education communications clients, as well as continued to broaden its breadth with other public policy campaigns. New clients include: Annenberg Institute for School Reform, to promote the work of its School Communities that Work initiative; Communities in Schools, the nation's largest non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk students stay in school; Huntington Learning Centers, for  a comprehensive communications campaign to raise visibility for HLCs track record as the nation's longest-running provider of supplemental education services.


DEARBORN, MI—Automotive technology company Visteon Corporation has named Marjorie Sorge as director of corporate communications, responsible for the company’s global media relations and employee communications.                Prior to joining Visteon in 2000 as director of strategic communications, Sorge was editor of Automotive Industries magazine.


CHICAGO—Edelman has promoted Linda Percefull to senior vice president/group head and hired Sheila Tuttle Kindig as Vice president/group head. Both work in the Chicago office’s reputation management practice, part of the firm’s corporate affairs group, and will report directly to Kevin Cook, deputy general manager of the practice. Percefull has been with Edelman since September 2001, serving clients including Kraft Foods and Limited Brands. Tuttle Kindig joins Edelman from Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, where she was a manager in the strategy, organization and people practice.


BOSTON—Mass eComm, a non-profit business association that brings together buyers and sellers of information technology and e-business solution has named Sterling Hager as its public relations agency of record. Sterling Hager will promote services and programs focusing on critical business and leadership issues at the intersection of information technology and business.

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