News in Brief (March 7, 2005)
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News in Brief (March 7, 2005)

Manning Selvage & Lee has named Stephanie Stamatakou as a senior vice president, account director for the sanofi-aventis account, based in the firm’s New York healthcare group. She will take the leadership role on the sanofi-aventis business in the U.S.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Manning Selvage & Lee has named Stephanie Stamatakou as a senior vice president, account director for the sanofi-aventis account, based in the firm’s New York healthcare group. She will take the leadership role on the sanofi-aventis business in the U.S. Stamatakou joins MS&L from Porter Novelli where she led the sanofi- aventis oncology franchise and was responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and implementation of global and US communications programs including media relations, celebrity endorsement campaigns, grassroots campaigns, advocacy programs, medical meetings and internal communications.

NEW YORK—Scott Tagliarino, most recently executive vice president and head of the business and financial communications practice at Rubenstein Associates, has joined hedge fund Elliott Associates as director of communication. He had worked on the Elliott account at Rubenstein. Tagliarino has extensive experience on both the agency and corporate sides of the business. He was previously managing director at Gavin Anderson & Co., general manager of the New York office of Hill & Knowlton, and head of the corporate and public affairs practice at Edelman, as well as holding positions at Fleishman-Hillard, Burson-Marsteller and Ogilvy & Mather. On the corporate side, he headed communications at PanAmSat.

WATERTOWN, MA—Shift Communications has added Shimano, a leading manufacturer of bicycle components, to its client roster. Shift, best known for its work in the technology sector, will support Shimano in demonstrating that Shimano-equipped bikes are the “ideal vehicle for healthy, pollution free transportation, for just-for-the-fun-of-it weekend rides.” It will also support the company as Lance Armstrong seeks a record 7th consecutive Tour de France victory this summer.  Tactics will include “Bike to Work” events and award programs for bike-friendly initiatives and cities.

NEW YORK—G.S. Schwartz & Co. has promoted Karen Pineman and Alissa Pinck from senior account supervisors to assistant vice presidents and hired Bridget McQueen, also as assistant vice president. Pineman has been with G.S Schwartz & Co. for five years, working primarily on consumer products accounts including Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, Acme Smoked Fish and The Tennis Channel. Pinck joined G.S. Schwartz & Co. three years ago. McQueen previously lived in the Silicon Valley, where she ran her own public relations and marketing agency, McQueen Partners, and worked at Immersion Corporation, Payment One and CyberWISE.

AUSTIN—Porter Novelli is supporting the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival and Conference for 2005. Now in its twelfth year, the SXSW Interactive Festival runs from March 11-15 and boasts speakers and panelists including best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox and novelist and Wired columnist Bruce Sterling.

STAMFORD—Mark Harrad has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications at Time Warner Cable. Harrad will continue to lead the company’s corporate communications function and will take on a larger role in managing government relations and providing strategic analysis to the executive management team on a wide range of communications issues.

LOS ANGELES—FischerHealth, the healthcare public relations subsidiary of Porter Novelli, has hired Mary Plock as senior vice president, serving both the medical device and health services sectors, based out of the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters. Prior to joining FischerHealth, Plock served as partner with Polidais, a Washington, D.C. public affairs group, specializing in healthcare policy issues.

SEATTLE—The Moyer Foundation, founded by Karen and baseball player Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, has named Edelman as public relations agency for its 2006 Dream Catchers event. Dream Catchers is a Sotheby’s auction that will fund both the Foundation and Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for grieving children.

NEW YORK—5W Public Relations has added Christian Borges, formerly of Fleishman-Hillard, Ogilvy Public Relations and BET as vice president. Borges, who will report jointly to agency founder Ronn Torossian and VP and group director Katy Saeger, joins 5W from Fleishman-Hilliard where he served as vice president, youth marketing, overseeing the Cingular Wireless account.

BLOOMINGTON, MN—The Twin Cities office of Weber Shandwick has been named agency of record for national real estate developer Opus Corporation. Weber Shandwick’s corporate, community and public affairs practice will provide media, public relations and marketing communication support to the company, which specializes in real estate development, architecture, engineering, construction, property management, financing and leasing and sales.


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