CHICAGO—Burson-Marsteller has named Liz Van Lenten managing director of its brand marketing practice in Chicago. Van Lenten is responsible for client management and driving the strategy of all consumer marketing. She will take on the senior leadership role of the brand marketing practice’s Chicago group. Most recently the principal of her own marketing communications firm, Van Lenten previously spent 17 years at Golin/Harris International’s Chicago headquarters.
LOS ANGELES—Compact Power Systems, maker of the Cellboost portable power solution for mobile electronics devices, has named Fleishman-Hillard International Communications as its public relations agency of record. Fleishman will assist the company’s growth and new market expansion through communications, cross-promotions, marketing, and strategic media relations.
LONDON—Hill & Knowlton has announced three key appointments to its European executive committee. Philippe Blanchard joins the EEC as head of public affairs practice for EMEA; Andrew Pharoah joins as head of the corporate practice; and Amanda Groty, vice president of client development, joins with responsibility for further developing Hill & Knowlton’s transnational client service capability.
SAN FRANCISCO—Blanc & Otus has been named public relations agency of record by Mindjet, a leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information. B&O’s San Francisco and Boston offices will provide competitive positioning and messaging strategy, media relations, thought leadership and analyst outreach services to help promote Mindjet’s position in the information management and productivity software categories.
SEATTLE—Dave Fisher, site manager for Intel Corporation at its DuPont, Wash., facility, is joining Pacific Public Affairs. Pacific Public Affairs is a major issue management firm with offices in Seattle and Olympia. It provides strategic advice and other consulting services to private and public sector clients in the Northwest and other parts of the country.
BRIDGEWATER, NJ—John Lonsdorf has launched R&J Public Relations, a spin-off from R&J Group, an integrated marketing communications firm founded by Lonsdorf in 1986.
NEW YORK—Gavin Anderson & Company has appointed Tristan Peniston-Bird as a director in the firm’s New York office. He transferred from the company’s offices in London, where he was based for the last four years. In his new role, Peniston-Bird’s responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic communications activities for the investor relations, financial and corporate groups. His clients include Air France-KLM, the Dominican Republic and SES Global.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Bateman Group, a full-service public relations firm serving infrastructure and emerging technology companies, has added three new clients. The firm was selected as North American agency of record by TIBCO Software, Tropian, and CrossApps. Responsibilities include corporate communications, messaging refinement, business, trade and vertical market media relations, industry analyst relations, thought leadership campaigns, issues management, and awards, speaking and customer PR programs.
DALLAS—Vollmer Public Relations, one of the largest independent, full-service public relations firms in the Southwest, has named Denisha Stevens, formerly senior vice president and general manager of the firm’s Dallas office, to executive vice president. Janelle O’Haugherty also has been promoted from an account director to vice president of the Dallas office.
KANSAS CITY, MO—The NPT Breast Cancer 3-Day has named Barkley Evergreen & Partners Public Relations agency of record for consumer communications for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Series. Net proceeds from the events benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the NPT Breast Cancer Fund. The firm will raise consumer awareness and drive participation.