RICHMOND—Carter Ryley Thomas has promoted three of the agency’s executive committee members. Michael Mulvihill was promoted from executive vice president to chief operating officer and chief strategic officer. Brian Ellis, another original member of CRT, was promoted from associate vice president to executive vice president. And Peggy Cummings, also an original owner, was promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president.
LONDON—A week after acquiring U.S. investor relations specialist Thomson Financial, Lord Peter Chadlington’s Huntsworth continued its expansion, buying U.K. consumer public relations specialist EHPR for an initial consideration of £2.3m in cash and shares, in a deal that could eventually be worth £5.1m. Huntworth’s regional U.K. PR consultancy Harrison Cowley, meanwhile, has acquired corporate PR specialist Atlantic PR, which is based in Scotland. The firm now has a team of 11 in Scotland.
CLEARWATER, FL—Eckerd Corporation has named Joan Gallagher vice president of public relations. She will be responsible for the media, regulatory agencies, trade associations, and management staff on public relations and external communications strategies and initiatives to support Eckerd’s business objectives, corporate identity, and community relations. She reports to Wayne Harris, chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Eckerd, Gallagher was senior vice president and director of communications, Americas region and director of global public relations with Zurich Scudder Investments in Boston.
SAN FRANCISCO—Technology public relations specialist FitzGerald Communications, a subsidiary of Omnicom’s Brodeur Worldwide, is relocating its West Coast office, based in San Francisco since its inception in 1997, to Redwood Shores, California. “While our West Coast office services clients from as far away as Chicago, Calgary, Phoenix, Santa Monica and Israel, this move was designed for us to be closer and more central to the large percentage located in and around Silicon Valley,” said Maura FitzGerald, agency founder, president and CEO.
TROY—The North American International Auto Show has retained John Bailey & Associates as the official agency of record for the NAIAS 2003. JB&A first served in this capacity during the 2002 show. JB&A, headquartered in Troy, will provide public relations and media relations support to the more than 6,000 local, national and international media who cover the NAIAS.
IRVINE—New Century Financial Corporation has named Layna Browdy to the newly created position of vice president, public relations, reporting to Robert Cole, chairman and CEO. Prior to joining New Century, Browdy served as the senior vice president and director of corporate communications and investor relations for American Savings and its parent company, Financial Corporation of America. She also headed the corporate communications function at the Automobile Club of Southern California.
LOS ANGELES—Grabiner/Hall has been retained by New Age Electronics, a California-based logistics company. Grabiner/Hall will be responsible for developing a website, collateral materials, advertising campaign and public relations strategies for the company.