TAMPA—Hill & Knowlton Tampa has hired Leo Bottary as senior vice president. He will work with the firm’s corporate practice and report to Harry Costello, general manager of Hill & Knowlton Florida. Bottary joins Hill & Knowlton from St. John & Partners Advertising & Public Relations where he served as the director of public relations, working with clients including Winn-Dixie Stores, Sprint, Morton’s of Chicago, and Cornerstone, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s worldwide economic development initiative.
MILPITAS, CA—Solectron Corporation, a leading provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply chain services, has appointed Michael Busselen as vice president of corporate communications and public relations. As a member of the company’s global management team, Busselen will be charged with helping communicate the company’s key value proposition and differentiation, while ensuring consistent dialogue with global internal and external stakeholders. Busselen joins Solectron from Fleishman-Hillard, where he worked for 10 years, most recently as a senior partner and general manager of the San Diego officeand was responsible for leading the firm’s global technology practice.
NEW YORK—EMP Global, one of the largest private equity fund advisors focused on emerging markets, has selected Gavin Anderson & Company as its agency of record. Gavin Anderson’s New York office will provide corporate communications counsel including strategic communications planning, corporate branding, constituency mapping, and corporate & financial media relations services.
CHICAGO—GolinHarris has named Sam Rowe as director of its Brussels office. Rowe will lead the operation and will help further strengthen the GolinHarris brand in that market. In addition to developing new client relationships, Rowe will serve U.S. and European-based clients operating in the Brussels market. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Rowe was a director at sister company Weber Shandwick in Brussels. She previously served three years at GPC Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels, first as managing director and later as vice president of FH Europe. She spent hear early career at Charles Barker and McCann.
DENVER—Cricket Communications, a leading provider of unlimited wireless services, has chosen the Denver office of Carmichael Lynch Spong to spearhead the company’s public relations efforts in Colorado.
AUSTIN, TX—Strategic Investor Relations Corp., an investor relations firm specializing in targeting institutional investors, is preparing to expand into the Twin Cities market during the second half of this year. Frank Milano, president of Strategic Investor Relations, is relocating to Minneapolis to oversee the company’s expansion there.
BOSTON—Greenough Communications, a technology public relations specialist, has added Raymarine to its client roster. Based in New Hampshire, Raymarine develops and manufactures a comprehensive range of first-rate equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Raymarine will work with Greenough to increase its brand recognition and bolster awareness of its product lines.
NEW YORK—G.S. Schwartz & Co. has been hired by Cesar Pelli & Associates, a leading architecture firm. The firm is responsible for designing one of Manhattan’s newest iconic buildings, 731 Lexington Avenue/One Beacon Court, the former site of Alexander’s Department Store and the new home for Bloomberg.
CHICAGO—Jon Harris, vice president of business development and communications at Bally Total Fitness, has been named vice president of media development and communications role with the food and beverage division of Sara Lee.
WALTHAM, MA—Compete, Inc., has selected emerging technology public relations specialist Racepoint Group as its agency of record to design and execute a PR program to expand the company’s visibility in key markets.