STRATFORD, CT—Clarence “Bud” Grebey, who left his position at Siemens earlier this year as a result of restructuring, has joined helicopter manufacturer and United Technologies subsidiary Sikorsky as vice president of communications and marketing. The new position combines the formerly separate communications and marketing organizations and gives Grebey responsibility for media relations, internal communications and more. Grebey was previously vice president of corporate affairs for Internet retailer Webvan. Earlier in his career, he was press secretary and chief of staff to former U.S. Representative Richard L. Ottinger (D-NY).
HOUSTON—Harken Energy Corporation has retained CTA Public Relations for a national investor relations and media relations program that will target investors, money managers, and securities analysts along with financial publications and broadcast media. In 2003, Harken retired approximately $50 million of outstanding debt and is now focused on growing its reserves and cash flow through the operations of its domestic and international subsidiaries. To support these efforts, Harken has budgeted $18 million in capital expenditures for 2004.
FAIRFAX, VA—LDS (Legislative Demographic Services) has hired James “JP” Toner as director of account services. Toner, a grassroots and political communications professional, joins LDS following nearly four years as manager of political involvement programs for the Public Affairs Council, the 50-year-old professional organization for public affairs practitioners.
RALEIGH, NC—Capstrat has announced new or expanding engagements with four clients: FloLogic, RBC Centura, Summus and Vital Source Technologies. The engagements span the firm’s capabilities in design, the Internet, public relations, public affairs and marketing.
BOSTON—Morrissey & Company has promoted Megan Page to director from associate. Page has provided counsel and service to start-ups and established companies in the high technology, telecommunications and life sciences sectors and works with clients including Biogen Idec, Raytheon Company and Covansys Corporation. Page joined Morrissey & Company as an associate in 2001 from the Antenna Group in San Francisco.
REDWOOD CITY, CA—VitalCom Marketing and PR is joining the Millenium Group, a worldwide network of technology PR consultancies, and has added Advantest America Research and Development and Nallatech as new clients. The Millennium Group is an integrated worldwide network of owner-managed partner agencies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
PLAINVIEW, NY—COESfx, the developer of an “electronic currency network” for foreign exchange, has retained KCSA Worldwide to initiate an integrated marketing communications program including public relations and marketing services. Managing partner Henry Feintuch will oversee the account. The marketing services work—including a major overhaul of the company’s website architecture and design, development of sales kits and marketing materials and advertising—will be orchestrated by Andrew Santamaria, managing director, KCSA integrated marketing services, while Yin Chang, managing director of KCSA’s business-to-business and technology practice, will head-up the COESfx public relations program.
PORTLAND, ME—Banknorth Group has named senior vice president Jeff Nathanson as its new director of investor relations and corporate communications. He will report directly to Banknorth chief operating officer Peter Verrill. Prior to joining Banknorth, Nathanson worked at FleetBoston Financial in a variety of management roles, including commercial lending, learning and development and as manager of the company’s intranet.
KNOXVILLE, TN—Edward Shank has joined Ackermann PR as an account executive. Formerly chief of public affairs for the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Harrisburg, Pa., Shank acted as military liaison to the media on missions throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Since September 11, 2001, Shank has been assigned to key positions at the Pentagon, 1st Air Force (homeland defense), operations in Afghanistan and, most recently, as an officer training school instructor at McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
NEW YORK—5W Public Relations has been named agency of record for Alexis & Gianni furs, a New York-based women’s designer fur coat company. The account includes media relations, product placement, and marketing communications work for the company’s signature label and all brands including multi-platinum recording artist Foxy Brown’s luxury fur line.