News in Brief (June 28, 2004)
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News in Brief (June 28, 2004)

DeVries Public Relations has named Jim Allman as president. He joins after serving as executive vice president of worldwide marketing for Sotheby’s Holdings, where he handled global brand and auction marketing.

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NEW YORK—DeVries Public Relations has named Jim Allman as president. He joins after serving as executive vice president of worldwide marketing for Sotheby’s Holdings, where he handled global brand and auction marketing. He also has advertising agency experience with J. Walter Thompson and Ammirati Puris Lintas. Allman succeeds Ildy Herczeg, who retired in 2003, after 15 years at the agency. He will report to founder and chief executive Madeline de Vries.

NEW YORK—Flavie Lemarchand, a veteran of the public relations agency business, has taken over as director of public relations for French media and entertainment giant Vivendi Universal, responsible for internal and external communications and serving as the company’s chief corporate spokesperson in the U.S. Prior to joining Vivendi in May, Lemarchand worked with PainePR and Magnet Communications, focusing on financial services accounts.

CHICAGO—The Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Golin/Harris have been retained to provide public relations services for six new clients.  Additionally the firm has been hired to develop and execute two new campaigns from existing clients, including ongoing crisis programs for Dole Food Company and the 2005 Wonka candy program for Nestlé. Golin/Harris Los Angeles has been retained to secure regional publicity for the Trials to drive consumer media coverage and sell tickets to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics, hosted by Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—Automotive supplier Bosch has named Chandra Lewis director of corporate communications. Lewis is responsible for marketing communications—including public relations, advertising and trade shows—for the Bosch Automotive Original Equipment business in North America and for internal and external communications for Bosch’s North American businesses. Prior to joining Bosch, Lewis worked at Valeo for nine years most recently leading the company’s North American internal and external communications activities.

NEW YORK—Washington, D.C.-based Widmeyer Communications has added three new clients in its growing New York Office. The new additions to its roster are Allendale Pharmaceuticals, The National
Academy Foundation, and Wireless Generation. Widmeyer will be providing Allendale Pharmaceuticals with communications support surrounding the relaunch of the Today contraceptive sponge. For Wireless Generation, Widmeyer will provide media relations support and the help the company develop relationships with education associations. The National Academy Foundation, the brainchild of former Citigroup chairman and CEO Sanford Weill, will work with the firm on overall messaging and a media campaign surrounding NAF's 20th Institute for Staff Development.

NEW YORK—Rebecca Kennedy, Kathy Kinney and Jim Wetmore have joined GCI Group in the media relations, consumer and healthcare practices respectively, following growth across all the firm’s major practices. Kennedy joins as director of media relations, GCI North America, after serving as a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Kinney will be vice president in the consumer practice and joins Golin/Harris International’s brand strategy group. Wetmore, vice president in the healthcare practice, joins from Berry & Company Public Relations.

NEW YORK—Financial Dynamics has been retained by Management Recruiters International, one of the world’s largest search and recruitment organizations, to provide corporate communications services.  FD will work with MRI to help define the Company’s position as the leading global provider of middle management staffing services and drive a national, regional and trade media visibility campaign. In addition, FD is also providing communications support to MRI’s more than 1,100 U.S. franchise offices.

NEW YORK—Rowland Communications Worldwide has signed ten new assignments since January. The new wins will be serviced from the agency’s worldwide headquarters in New York and include ESI Design, Roche, Sanofi-Synthelabo, Siemens (BSH Division), and Shonfeld’s. 

KNOXVILLE, TN—Lisa Hood Skinner has been named vice president at Ackermann PR. Skinner heads up Ackermann’s healthcare strategies group and formerly was senior account director. Prior to joining Ackermann, Skinner was marketing director of two major hospitals, St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu, and Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She also worked in Micronesia, where she was a manager at Foremost Foods, was a credit union vice president and owned her own firm, Skinner Communications.

NEW HAVEN, CT—NewAlliance Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of newly-public NewAlliance Bancshares, has named Brian Arsenault executive vice president, corporate communications and investor relations. Arsenault is responsible for managing investor relations for NewAlliance Bancshares, which includes acting as a primary contact for analysts, fund managers, brokers and the media. He joins NewAlliance from Banknorth Group, where he was senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications.

CLEVELAND—Edward Howard & Co. has added two clients, Midwest Nano Week and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. The firm will assist in the marketing and promotion of two important initiatives that can bolster Northeast Ohio’s economic development efforts through nanotechnology and higher education.

PARSIPPANY, NJ—Coyne Public Relations, one of the country’s fastest growing independent  public relations agencies, has promoted Tricia Ryan and Kevin Lamb to assistant vice president, and Lisa Farynyk to account supervisor.

NEW YORK—Nelvana Limited has selected Rogers & Cowan to handle strategic planning and publicity for the upcoming Beyblade World Championship to be held this summer in New York. Beyblade was one of the hottest toys this past holiday season.  Since its introduction in 2001 more than 100 million of the cutting-edge version of the classic spinning-top have been sold. The World Championship event will bring together competitors ages 8-14 from at least 10 countries.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Pinnacle Systems, which provides digital media creation and playback solutions, has named Leslie Adams as senior vice president of marketing services. Adams will be managing and overseeing Pinnacle’s worldwide marketing services organization including corporate communications, branding, corporate strategy, business development and research. Adams most recently served as VP of worldwide marketing at Netgear Corporation where she was responsible for all product marketing, corporate communications and channel marketing.

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