NEW YORK—John Quick has joined HealthStar Public Relations as director of client services. He will serve on HSPR’s executive management team along with Helene Ellison, chief executive, and executive vice president and general manager Erinn White. Prior to joining HSPR, Quick was a member of AstraZeneca’s marketing team, supporting Seroquel for schizophrenia and bipolar mania. Previously, he led the New York health and pharmaceutical practice of Hill & Knowlton and was general manager at Noonan Russo, a healthcare communications specialty firm.
BOSTON—FitzGerald Communications has expanded its consumer technology practice. Created to support clients whose technology is aimed at consumers, or whose consumer product is enhanced by technology, the practice has recently welcomed two new clients: imo and NeatReceipts. FitzGerald is set to manage a Fall launch for imo, an independent mobile retailer offering customers a wide range of device and plan choices from all of the major U.S. carriers in a unique consumer-centric retail setting. The agency will also conduct communications programs for NeatReceipts, which has created a device that allows individuals and small businesses to scan, analyze and organize paper receipts into easy-to-read digital spreadsheets.
BALTIMORE—William Atkinson, business columnist and reporter for the Baltimore Sun for the past decade, has joined the Baltimore office of Weber Shandwick as vice president. Atkinson will counsel the agency’s clients on media relations, crisis communications and investor and financial relations. Atkinson’s twice-weekly column in The Sun tracked the accomplishments, travails and personal dimensions of top executives of Maryland corporations. Previously he served as the newspaper’s chief economics reporter where he covered the stock markets, banking and investment banking. Prior to The Sun, he was editor of the American Banker.
ST. LOUIS—Laclede Gas has named George Csolak director of corporate communications. He has been manager of corporate communications since joining the company in 2003. Earlier, he was director of financial communications for Smurfit-Stone Corp., manager of public affairs at Monsanto, and an account executive at Fleishman-Hillard.
AUSTIN—Porter Novelli has been selected to provide public relations services by Wireless Valley Communications, a wireless design and management software provider. The account will be managed out of the agency’s Austin office.
NEW YORK—Maloney & Fox, the New York-based marketing communications subsidiary of Waggener Edstrom, has hired Eric Blinderman. Blinderman joins M&F from Weber Shandwick’s New York office, where he directed the consumer marketing group, where he counseled several prominent clients, including Unilever, Dunkin Donuts, McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals and Bank of America.