News in Brief (May 27)
Charting the future of public relations
Holmes Report

News in Brief (May 27)

Paul Holmes

LOS ANGELES—Giaquinta Group, founded last year by former Sony Pictures communications chief Jerry Giaquinta, has added Metro Goldwyn Mayer to its client. Giaquinta will be supporting MGM chairman Alex Yemenidjian and vice chairman Chris McGurk on corporate strategy. Says Giaquinta, “As MGM extends its brand in the U.S. and globally, I will be working with the senior management team to leverage this premier entertainment industry brand.”
MINNEAPOLIS—Dory Anderson has been named partner at Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations, which she joined seven years ago. Anderson, who leads the firm’s home and shelter industry group, joined CLS from Bozell Worldwide in 1995.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Widmeyer Communications has added four new public and private sector healthcare clients: The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, The American Medical Association, Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center.
PHOENIX— Phelps Dodge, the world’s second largest producer of copper, has named J. Spencer Davis vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Davis will oversee the company’s investor relations programs, its internal and external communications, and its community affairs activities. Most recently, Davis was vice president of investor relations for Korn Ferry International.
NEW YORK—Lou Hammond & Associates has been selected as agency of record for the Turkish Tourist Authority and Sandals Resorts International.
NEW YORK—The MWW Group has promoted Jennifer Connorton to vice president. Connorton, who had previously served as senior account supervisor, will continue to help manage media relations and strategic planning for many of MWW’s top New York accounts, including Invest-UK. Before joining MWW, Connorton was an account supervisor in the tech practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.
WOONSOCKET, R.I.—CVS Corporation has named V. Michael Ferdinandi senior vice president of human resources and corporate communications. Ferdinandi joined CVS in 1999 as vice president of human resources. Before coming to CVS, Ferdinandi served as vice president of operations for PepsiCo-Canada.

RALEIGH—Richard French & Associates has been selected to provide public relations support for North Carolina’s first Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant.
BOCA RATON—Nabi Biopharmaceuticals has named Mark Soufleris, to the newly created position of vice president of investor and public relations. Soufleris was previously vice president of marketing. Prior to joining Nabi, Soufleris spent nearly 20 years in sales, marketing, and business development positions with a pharmaceutical companies including Bristol-Myers, Novo- Nordisk, and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Aker Partners has been retained as agency of record by Nucleus Technologies, a leading provider on online total absence management solutions.
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