News in Brief (May 2, 2005)
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News in Brief (May 2, 2005)

Fleishman-Hillard has named Dan Barber general manager of Fleishman-Hillard Sacramento and Melissa Schoeb general manager of Fleishman-Hillard San Diego.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO—Fleishman-Hillard has named Dan Barber general manager of Fleishman-Hillard Sacramento and Melissa Schoeb general manager of Fleishman-Hillard San Diego. Barber is an 11-year Fleishman-Hillard veteran and former speechwriter for the Missouri Governor’s office. The Sacramento office provides corporate communications and public affairs support to clients in consumer goods, food and agribusiness, and a variety of other industries. Schoeb, who has 15 years of experience in high-tech and international marketing and public relations, takes over an office with a significant focus on high-tech, consumer packaged goods, and biotech clients.

SANTA ANA, CA—Ingram Micro has promoted Ria Marie Carlson to corporate vice president, strategy and communications. In her new role, Carlson will serve as the company’s chief strategy and communications officer, responsible for strategic planning and market development, internal and external communications and investor and public relations. She reports to Kent Foster, chairman and chief executive officer, and is also a member of the company’s worldwide executive team.

NEW YORK—CarryOn Communication has named Meredith McHale as vice president in its New York office, where she will help manage key accounts, including Pfizer’s community health advocacy effort. She will report to Chris Foster, senior vice president and managing director for CarryOn’s Washington D.C. and New York offices. McHale joins CarryOn from Manning Selvage & Lee.

NEW YORK—Warner Music Group has named Jill Krutick as senior vice president, investor relations and corporate development. She will report to Michael Fleisher, WMG’s executive vice president and chief financial officer and will be based in New York. For the past 10 years, Krutick was a managing director of U.S. equity research of Citigroup’s Smith Barney unit, where she covered the entertainment and leisure industries. Krutick has 18 years of experience in equity research and financial analysis.

TROY, [email protected], the public affairs consultancy owned by Fleishman-Hillard and best known for its work in the automotive sector, has tripled the size of its Detroit office in the 18 months since John Casey was named managing director in October 2003, and has promoted three team members: Omotayo (Tayo) Adelabi and Yvonne Malmgren to account executive, and Nuria Baldello-Sole to assistant account executive.

DENVER—Ildy Herczeg, who was president of De Vries Public Relations until her relocation to Denver two yeas ago, has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as executive vice president in the firm’s Denver office.  She will oversee the office’s growing consumer practice. Herczeg worked at De Vries for 15 years on clients ranging from P&G and E&J Gallo Winery to 3M and Tupperware. Prior to that, she spent four years working in the New York office of Ogilvy.

MINNEAPOLIS—Jill Schmidt has been named a partner and chair of the corporate practice and food and beverage industry group at Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations. Schmidt is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office where she works with clients A.G. Edwards, Cargill, Formica and Pentair. Prior to joining the firm, Schmidt was vice president of investor and corporate relations at International Multifoods Corp.

BOSTON—Porter Novelli has addd two new technology clients, Coastal Technologies Group and eCopy. The accounts will be managed by Porter Novelli’s Boston office. CTGi has selected Porter Novelli as its agency of record to help the company market its software solutions to telecommunications providers around the world. eCopy selected Porter Novelli as its agency of record and charged the agency with providing media and analyst relations strategy and execution in both North America and Europe.

MILWAUKEE—Jill Schroeder, who earlier in her career worked at CKPR and The Kohler Co., has rejoined CKPR as vice president leading the agency’s consumer practice group. Schroeder recently returned to Milwaukee after spending the last five years in San Francisco, most recently at software giant, Oracle Corporation, where she directed public relations for one of the company’s four lines of business.  Earlier in her career, she worked for Blanc & Otus.

ATLANTA—Trevelino/Keller Communications Group has added Lancope, a leading provider of network behavior anomaly detection solutions that protects more than 150 enterprise customers and 15 million hosts worldwide. Trevelino/Keller’s initial charter is the national launch of StealthWatch System 5.0, the company’s next release of its core technology which offers network security and monitoring solutions and provides unparalleled network optimization and protection from unknown threats. 

BOSTON—Morrissey & Company has been retained by two life science and health care companies to provide reputation management, strategic counsel and integrated communication services. IBC Life Sciences is a leading provider of scientific, technological, and business information conferences in North America, Europe and Asia. Athena Health Care Systems is a provider of multi-level health care services, including intermediate and skilled nursing, in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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