News in Brief (March 14)
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News in Brief (March 14)

Stanton Communications has named Amy Calhoun, a leader in the firm’s corporate practice, as managing director of its Washington, D.C. office. Calhoun assumes responsibility for daily operations and supervision of client services in the firm’s headquarters.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Stanton Communications has named Amy Calhoun, a leader in the firm’s corporate practice, as managing director of its Washington, D.C. office. Calhoun assumes responsibility for daily operations and supervision of client services in the firm’s headquarters. According to agency founder Peter Stanton, Calhoun was instrumental in the direction of the Matrix Communications Planning Process, the firm’s proprietary system for developing customized client programs. The system utilizes research to address product, issue and audience considerations that are applied to the communication strategies and program elements.

NEW YORK—Peppercom, has added three new clients to its growing client roster including UNext, Voiceglo, and Golden Retirement. Peppercom’s responsibilities will include a wide range of strategic communications and events programs for each of the organizations.

CHICAGO—Ogilvy Public Relations has hired Sandra Saias as executive vice president in its Chicago office. Saias will lead the consumer marketing practice in Chicago and will be a member of the firm’s global strategy and planning group. Saias joins Ogilvy Public Relations from Edelman, where she was deputy general manager and creative director for the consumer marketing group. She also co-led the tourism and lifestyle unit, including work for Expedia, Unilever brands Dove and Axe, Microsoft and Mutual of Omaha.

BEVERLY HILLS—Solters & Digney is merging with Lisa Schneiderman, founder of Schneiderman Public Relations, an entertainment/cause-related boutique agency, and had launched a new Hispanic public relations practice, Solters & Digney Espanol. Willy Villarreal, a four-year veteran of Bragman Nyman Cafarelli public relations, will work with the firm’s new Hispanic public relations services division.

ST. LOUIS—Managed care company Centene Corporation has named Lisa Wilson as vice president, investor relations. Wilson will direct Centene’s investor relations activities and will serve as a senior member of the company’s mergers and acquisitions and corporate communications teams. She will report to Michael Neidorff, president and chief executive Officer. Since 1995, Wilson has served as president and founder of In-Site Communications, a healthcare investor relations firm. Prior to founding In-Site, she was a healthcare research associate at Kidder Peabody & Co.

DALLAS—Ackermann PR’s Dallas office has added three new companies to its growing client roster. The firm is providing Dallas-based Radiologix, with marketing and communications services, market research and strategic planning counsel. Addison Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S., hired Ackermann to produce new marketing materials and advertisements for promoting the airport’s Dallas location and upscale amenities. Finally, Jungle Laboratories Corporation, hired Ackermann PR to help promote the company’s expertise and products to consumers through newspaper articles.

NEW YORK—Gibbs & Soell has promoted Kerry Brooks Henderson and Dick Wolfe to vice president. Henderson, based in the agency’s Raleigh office, joined G&S in 1995 and has worked on agricultural, specialty chemical and technology accounts. Wolfe joined G&S/New York in 2001. He currently manages accounts within the agency’s consumer lifestyle practice including Delta Faucet.

PHILADELPHIA—Lincoln National Corporation has named Priscilla Brown, a 13-year veteran of the company, vice president and director of corporate communications, investor relations, and corporate public involvement.

CAMBRIDGE—Feinstein Kean Healthcare, the biotechnology public relations subsidiary of Ogilvy Public Relations, has been named agency of record by the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, the pharmaceutical company’s global research organization. NIBR’s mission is to develop innovative medicines for patients worldwide.

NEW YORK—Emily Farber has been named a senior counselor at Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations. Farber is based in the firm’s New York office, where she works on Lutron Electronics and American Standard. Farber joins CLS from Hudson Communications, where she was a principal and founder. Previously she served as director of Boston-based Castle Group.

LIVONIA, MI—HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) has retained John Bailey & Associates to provide comprehensive communications services to educate the public about the issue of automobile theft and promote the availability of resources to help eliminate auto theft in Michigan. HEAT is a partnership of Michigan’s auto insurance companies, law enforcement and residents of Michigan. The HEAT program encourages citizen action through a confidential, toll-free auto theft tip line that provides financial rewards for people who provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals for auto theft, carjacking and chop shops.

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