BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—British marketing consultancy Huntsworth, led by Shandwick founder Lord Chadlington and parent company of the Global Consulting Group in the U.S., is buying regional British public relations group Haslimann Taylor for £1.3 million. The firm, with revenues of £2 million, will continue to operate underits exiting management team, led by managing director Bron Eames.
RALEIGH—The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services division of public health, office of public health preparedness and response has hired French/West/Vaughan to complete a perception research project related to bioterrorism and homeland security. After completing the research, FWV will provide a comprehensive report extrapolating data and including formulated strategies and tactics for communicating during an emergency.
NEW YORK—HealthStar Public Relations has hired Erinn White as executive vice president and general manager. She will work closely with Helene Ellison, president and CEO, to provide strategic counsel to the firm’s clients. She most recently served as vice president/group manager at Ketchum, and previously was vice president at GCI Group Healthcare.
PHILADELPHIA—Devine & Powers Communications Group, launched this summer by two veterans of Tierney Communications, has landed its first national account. The new client, Physician Endorsed, designs and sells hats and sunglasses for health- and style-conscious women and men. The company says its hats offer the highest level of sun protection available in fashionable designs for those who want to prevent skin cancer and wrinkles.
SAN FRANCISCO—Formerly an account manager with Citigate Cunningham in San Francisco, Bruce
McConnel has joined IBM’s software communications group. He will be an advisory communications professional working with IBM’s business partners division.
ATLANTA—Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, a global leader in the design and production of satellites to the commercial sector, has retained Atlanta-based Duffey Communications to develop and implement an international sales and marketing program.
NEW YORK—David Taft has been promoted to senior media relations specialist at Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations. Taft is based in the firm’s New York City office where he works primarily with broadcast media. Before joining the firm, Taft served as a writer and segment producer for CNN’s financial news division in New York.
KNOXVILLE—Ackermann PR has been named agency of record for Great Expectations Licensee Association and will work with the dating service as it seeks to differentiate itself from the myriad of problem-plagued Internet singles’ sites.
SAINT PAUL—The St. Paul Companies has appointed Shane Boyd as vice president of corporate communications. He is responsible for leading the company’s communications function, including public relations, employee communications and advertising. Boyd served most recently as vice president of corporate communications for Fleming Companies, where he was responsible for external and internal communications. Prior to joining Fleming, he served in a communications role for OGE Energy Corp., an electric utility and energy marketing company.
LOS ANGELES—The Pollack PR Marketing Group will provide pro bono representation to two of Southern California’s leading non-profit organizations—The Maple Counseling Center and The West Valley Jewish Community Center.
MINNEAPOLIS—Maggie Kaeter has joined Padilla Speer Beardsley’s industry and technology practice as
a senior account executive for agricultural media relations. Previously, Kaeter wrote for clients in agriculture, technology, healthcare and general business. In addition to writing several books for The Everything Series (Adams Media), she was editor-in-chief of the magazines Potentials in Marketing and Farm Store.