News in Brief (July 31)
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News in Brief (July 31)

David King, an online communication consultant since the pioneering days of 1993, is joining APCO Worldwide as associate director.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— David King, an online communication consultant since the pioneering days of 1993, is joining APCO Worldwide as associate director. King has worked with many of the world’s top brands from Pepsi World and World Cup France ’ to the launch of UNICEF eGreetings online greeting card portal. Prior to joining APCO, King was managing director of Fullsix UK. Earlier in his career King was managing director, EMEA, of [email protected], the digital solutions subsidiary of the J. Walter Thompson Company. He oversaw operations in London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Madrid, Jeddah, Lisbon, Zurich, Athens, Warsaw, Prague and Tel Aviv.

NEW YORK—Technology public relations firm Articulate Communications has added Eileen Michaels to its senior leadership team. Michaels will spearhead one of the agency’s newest accounts, CMP Technology, which selected Articulate in a highly competitive agency review to position it as the go-to resource in business technology media. Prior to moving to New York, Michaels was executive vice president and a principal of Lisboa, a Washington, D.C., public relations firm where she managed special projects for Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and Sprint’s internet services division; directed marketing and communications for Energy Startechnology programs for nearly seven years; and was instrumental in growing the firm from two to 35 employees and more than $3.5 million in annual revenues. 

CALGARY—Hill & Knowlton has acquired Result Inc., a Calgary-based corporate communications firm, creating a new Hill & Knowlton division specializing in financial communications products and services such as annual and quarterly reports, investor relations consulting and marketing materials. Result Inc. was founded in 1981 to provide clients with specialized corporate communication consulting such as annual reports, quarterly reports and investor relations consulting. Since then it has grown and expanded its services to include marketing materials, corporate identity and branding, website design and development, and public relations. It has particular expertise in the oil and gas industry.

AUBURN HILLS, MI—Volkswagen of America has named Keith Price public relations manager of product and technology, making him the primary print, broadcast and digital media contact for Volkswagen brand product and technology information and communications. In addition, he will serve on the public relations and event management teams. Prior to joining the Volkswagen team, Price was director of sales and marketing for AutoWeek Magazine.

HONG KONG—CCG Elite, an investor relations and strategic communications agency headquartered in Los Angeles.has opened offices in Beijing.  Says Crocker Coulson, president, “CCG Elite has substantially grown its Asian client base since forming a joint venture earlier this year. The new Beijing office is a valuable addition to CCG Elite’s global service platform, with offices based in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong, and it will allow us to better localize service to our clients based in the PRC.” Nancy Chen has been named managing partner of CCG Elite in Hong Kong. Stephen Zijian Tong, who previously served as an equity analyst for Beijing Investment Consultant, has joined CCG Elite as an equity analyst and financial writer. Arthur Baoyong Yue has joined as associate.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council on Foundations, a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 grant-making foundations and corporations, has named Roy Clason as its new vice president of strategic communications. Clason will lead the Council’s communications outreach efforts, including marketing, media relations and publications, to improve public understanding and support of organized philanthropy. Most recently vice president of corporate public relations at Aetna, Clason was also vice president of corporate communications at the American Red Cross under then-president Elizabeth Dole. He has also worked in executive leadership positions in corporate communications at Dell Computer and MasterCard International.

SINGAPORE—Hill & Knowlton has promoted Glenn Schloss, Hong Kong-based North Asia director for corporate communications to lead the company’s corporate communications practice across the Asia Pacific region. Schloss takes over from Vivian Lines, who continues in her role as president and chief operating officer of Hill & Knowlton Asia Pacific. Says Schloss, who joined H&K three years ago after 15 years as a journalist, most recently with the South China Morning Post:  “The region has experienced such rapid liberalization in many areas over the past decade and is now a major item on the global agenda for business, investors, media, NGOs and the public that stakeholders must be engaged.”

CHICAGO, IL—Zapwater Communications has added Next Wave Media Solutions, an applications-oriented product and business development organization, to its client roster. Zapwater has been selected to provide complete public and media relations counsel and communication efforts. The firm will be responsible for promoting Next Wave’s products, corporate image, organizing all media relations aspects and trade show planning efforts at upcoming industry shows and continuing proactive media relations.

CORAL GABLES—rbb Public Relations has promoted Susan Gilden to account director and Tracy Belcher to senior account executive. Gilden will direct public relations and communications programs for the firm’s consumer and corporate clients including Starbucks Coffee, Rodriquez Yachts and Adler Group.  She began working at rbb Public Relations in 2004 as an account executive, specializing in the food and beverage industry. 

NEW YORK—Frederick Wildman & Sons has selected Lisa Lori Communications to handle public relations and strategic events for Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio. Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio,which began rolling out across the country in May 2006, is the first Pink Pinot Grigio on the market. LLC created a national pubic relations plan that includes both trade and consumer publicity to build awareness among the core audience of fashionable females.

CHESTERFIELD, AL—Technology Partners, a leading IT solutions and resource provider, has named Angie Wilhite as corporate communications manager. She will manage corporate communications, marketing strategy, branding, advertising and public relations to broaden and promote Technology Partners’ business model. Wilhite has been marketing communications specialist for Spartech Corporation since 2003, where she was responsible for marketing, communications, graphic design, promotions, trade show management, data mining, branding and advertising.

NEW YORK—Canine Magic, a volunteer organization that raises, trains and places dogs to serve children with autism and their families, has partnered with Peppercom for public relations activities. Peppercom will provide pro bono media relations, events and partnership support to help increase awareness and raise funds for the non-profit organization.  

LONDON—Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has appointed Bell Pottinger as its lead corporate communications agency. The Dubai-based industrial conglomerate is investing $15 billion into six operational subsidiaries, to create a new global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation. David Wilson, managing director of Bell Pottinger Public Relations, is personally leading the account.

NEW YORK—Berk Communications, which specializes in entertainment and lifestyle PR, is opening a Los Angeles office and has tapped Rachel Krupa, formerly of Lizzie Grubman PR, as assistant vice president to run operations there. Krupa will oversee current Berk Communications clients including NBA stars Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, as well as the West Coast public relations for Jay Z’s 40/40 Clubs opening in L.A. and Las Vegas, Tao Las Vegas, and crobar L.A. and Las Vegas.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Strategic Communications Group has renewed its agreement with West, Lane & Schlager, a leading provider of commercial real estate services for law firms, corporations and not-for-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. In addition to ongoing public relations and market visibility campaigns, Strategic is also managing a variety of industry events and marketing communications programs for the firm.

NEW YORK—The Durst Organization has appointed Jordan Barowitz as director of external affairs.  The newly created position will oversee government relations, communications and corporate giving for the company, the owner, manager and builder of 8.3 million square feet of premiere mid-town Manhattan office properties. Barowitz is the former first deputy press secretary for Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and was formerly the communications director for Council speaker Peter Vallone. 

LOUISVILLE, CO—CTA Public Relations has been retained by Isonics Homeland Security & Defense Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Isonics Corporation, to support its media relations and government relations efforts in conjunction with the first demonstration of its newest chemical and homemade explosive detection products.

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