News in Brief (May 3, 2004)
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News in Brief (May 3, 2004)

Barry Holt, corporate vice president of global communications at Whirlpool Corporation, will retire from the company on June 1.

Paul Holmes

BENTON HARBOR—Barry Holt, corporate vice president of global communications at Whirlpool Corporation, will retire from the company on June 1. Holt joined Whirlpool in 2000 after serving as senior vice president of global communications for ACNielsen Corporation in and working for the Philip Morris Companies as vice president, corporate communications. He also was director, public affairs for Pepsi-Cola International.

LONDON—The Global Consulting Group, the U.S.-based corporate communications subsidiary of Lord Peter Chadlington’s Huntsworth Group has named Christopher Bunting as senior managing director of its operations in the United Kingdom. Bunting has spent the past two years with GCG London as executive consultant.  Prior to joining GCG, he served 12 years as chief executive officer of one of Canada’s largest communications consulting firms.

STAMFORD, CT—Waggener Edstrom Strategic Communications has been selected by Ernst & Young to help raise awareness for its 18th Annual Metropolitan New York and New Jersey Entrepreneur Of the Year Award programs. The Entrepreneur Of the Year Award honors outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement, and have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business as well as their communities.

BOSTON—RF|Binder Partners has hired Gerald Kimber White as technology account director in its Boston office.  Kimber White will help oversee several current technology accounts, while assisting in new business initiatives and the management of day-to-day operations. Kimber White joins RF|Binder from FitzGerald Communications, where he was an account manager responsible for providing strategic communications counsel and support for clients in telecommunications and networking, information security, software and other high tech industries.

ST.LOUIS—The Standing Partnership, one of the leading independent public relations firms in St. Louis, has won several new clients, including:
 Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis, which tapped TSP for strategic communications planning and messaging to raise awareness of the association, comprised of 63 Lutheran Congregations in the Metropolitan St. Louis region
 World Agricultural Forum, which hired TSP to provide all trade, national and international media relations for the 2004 Regional Congress, to be held in St. Louis, May 16 to 18.
 Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, a leading provider of workers compensation insurance, has selected TSP to conduct media relations and community outreach for WorkSAFE Week in June.
 Partnership for a Drug-Free America, for which TSP will invest pro bono time in planning and executing media relations campaigns in St. Louis for the non-profit’s ecstasy and methamphetamine education initiatives.

RALEIGH—Capstrat has hired Todd Coats as creative director and Steven Keith, who will lead the firm’s interactive communications group. Coats is former manager of creative communications for GlaxoSmithKline, where he oversaw branding projects for such well-known products as Paxil, Flonase and Valtrex. He will oversee day-to-day activities of Capstrat’s Creative Group including development of branding, advertising, design and creative strategy.

CINCINNATI—Mycom Group, a technology products, managed services, and software development company headquartered in Cincinnati, has hired Dan Pinger Public Relations to provide public relations and media strategies to support the launch of mycomPRO mailMAX II.

TORONTO—Terry Hrynyshyn is leaving the Canadian operation of Porter Novelli at the end of June 2004. Sheila Corriveau will become the agency’s new president and chief executive officer.  Eleven years after joining BenchMark Communications and four years after its successful integration with Porter Novelli, Hrynyshyn plans to spend time with his family and pursue other interests

MONTREAL—The Montreal office of Cohn & Wolfe is dropping its former Pyramid name and will now operate only under the Cohn & Wolfe brand. According to managing partner John Crean, the name change to Cohn & Wolfe Montréal reflects the major reorganization of the office and the appointment of a new leader and a new team of consultants with specific expertise.

BOSTON—Peggy O’Shea Kochenbach has joined the consumer marketing practice at Cone. O’Shea Kochenbach joins Cone from Fleishman-Hillard in Boston, where she was a vice president, providing communications support for a number of food and nutrition, corporate and healthcare clients including Bumble Bee Seafoods, Dannon, Dunkin’ Donuts, EXACT Sciences, US Apple and Welch’s.  A registered dietitian, O’Shea Kochenbach has an extensive science background and has directed a wide-range of marketing programs from consumer product launches to corporate communications efforts.

CAMBRIDGE—Racepoint Group, the emerging technology, health and science public relations firm launched by former Weber Shandwick executive Marijean Lauzier, had added six new clients, extending its reach in the medical technology, telecommunications, software and services, and security markets. New clients include Axiowave Networks, developer of telecommunications products for voice and data switching; Dendrite International, which delivers solutions that increase the productivity of sales, marketing, and clinical processes for pharmaceutical and other life science clients; Health Dialog Services Corporation, which offers health coaching and analytic services to health plans and large employers; Intrusic, a developer of a solution to identify compromised networks; i-Vantage, a consulting company focused on helping customers leverage the “global village” for 24*7 cross boundary innovation; and Purcell Systems, which produces modular, outdoor enclosure solutions to help ensure wireless broadband communications uptime and protection. 

MIAMI—rbb Public Relations has promoted Shawn Yanan to vice president and Chad Cohen to senior account executive. Yanan began her tenure at rbb six years ago as an account coordinator and has steadily climbed the ranks. She directs strategic media relations campaigns and provides communications counsel for rbb’s professional services and healthcare clients. Cohen joined the firm in 2002 after serving as a journalist.

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