News in Brief (May 17, 2004)
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Holmes Report

News in Brief (May 17, 2004)

Winning Strategies Public Relations, a fast-growing New Jersey public relations and public affairs firm, has acquired McDonough Public Affairs and named Pete McDonough senior vice president.

Paul Holmes

NEWARK—Winning Strategies Public Relations, a fast-growing New Jersey public relations and public affairs firm, has acquired McDonough Public Affairs and named Pete McDonough senior vice president. McDonough, who served as director of communications in the cabinet of former New Jersey governor Christie Whitman, will handle national accounts and specialize in crisis communications, reputation management, and issues management. He has experience handling state and federal political campaigns in the U.S. and Eastern Europe and remains a consultant to the U.S. Department of State.

MINNEAPOLIS—Pentair has retained Carmichael Lynch Spong to assist with ongoing public relations and creative needs as the company expands its position in water technologies and enclosures industries. Pentair initially hired the firm in January to assist in communicating its acquisition of WICOR Industries, and has since broadened the scope of its relationship with CLS.

CHICAGO—R.R. Donnelley & Sons has named Daniel Leib vice president, investor relations. He replaces Julie Gottlieb, who will be leaving RR Donnelley to pursue other opportunities. Leib has overall responsibility for development and execution of the company’s investor relations strategy and program. He will report to Kevin Smith, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Leib joins RR Donnelley from The Interpublic Group of Companies where, most recently, he served as vice president of business planning & analysis with responsibility for investor relations.

NEW YORK—Ruder Finn has been retained by Electric Aquagenics Unlimited to develop and implement a full-scale public relations program. The firm will drive an awareness program that addresses a number of timely issues, such as food safety as well as bacteria, virus and mold proliferation threats.

NEW YORK—Denise Blaya has joined Burson-Marsteller as a manager in the U.S. Hispanic Practice at the firm’s New York headquarters. Blaya, who was previously at Ketchum Multicultural Marketing, will be responsible for developing and managing strategic communications engagements for existing and new clients in the northeast region.

NEW YORK—Connecticut-based Cubitt Jacobs & Prosek Communications has won the Siemens Business Services public relations account in the U.S. The contract expands a pre-existing relationship between Cubitt Jacobs & Prosek and the Siemens corporate team in New York The win is the latest addition to CJP’s growing technology practice, which includes clients like META Group, Sapient and Process Software.

ATLANTA—Jackson Spalding has hired Tony Wilbert, who has 14 years of experience covering real estate and business as an award-winning journalist. Over the past nine years, Wilbert reported on real estate and business news for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and National Real Estate Investor. Recently, he covered Home Depot and Georgia-Pacific for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

LOS GATOS, CA—Sterling Communications has added eEye Digital Security to its growing portfolio of networking and information security clients. eEye, a leader in vulnerability management software and network security research, chose Sterling from a field of four finalists. The firm will provide strategic public relations services including corporate, product and market positioning, message development, and media and analyst relations.

MINNEAPOLIS—Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has named Marie Uhrich senior vice president, communications. In this role, Uhrich is responsible for providing strategic leadership to Thrivent Financial’s internal, external, field staff and member communications. She will also serve on the executive management team and report directly to chief executive Bruce Nicholson.

NEW YORK—Articulate Communications, a specialist in business-to-business and technology PR, has added four new clients and relocated its flagship Manhattan office. The firm’s newest clients include DataDirect Technologies, a technology company providing components for connecting software to data; Odyssey Logistics & Technology, which combines logistics expertise and technology solutions to provide global transportation services to process manufacturers; Viewpoint, which provides Internet graphics and delivery systems; and XTEND Communications, a telecommunications specialist in healthcare, corporate, public and campus safety and healthcare systems.

PHILADELPHIA—Vox Medica, a healthcare marketing and communications company, has named Eve Dryer president of its healthcare public relations group. In addition, James Foreman, was named president of Vox Medica’s healthcare marketing communications group and Brian Russell was named president of its Institute for Continuing Healthcare Education.

NEW YORK—MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, the diversified holding company owned by Ronald Perelman, has appointed Christine Taylor to the position of senior vice president, corporate communications. Taylor will oversee communication strategy and press relations for the company. She joins from Bloomberg, where she was global director of corporate communications for the past eight years.

RICHMOND—Carter Ryley Thomas Public Relations and Marketing Counsel has added four new clients: Amerigroup Foundation, Downtown Norfolk Council, C.E. Thurston & Sons, and Hampton Roads Clean Cities Coalition.  The new accounts will be serviced by CRT’s Norfolk, Va. regional office.


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