MINNEAPOLIS, June 26—Fleishman-Hillard has named Jon Austin, former head of public relations for Northwest Airlines, as senior vice president in its Minneapolis office. Austin will provide clients with senior level counsel in the areas of crisis communications, brand management, government and public affairs, and labor relations.
According to F-H Minneapolis senior partner Ann Barkelen, Austin “brings to us a wealth of direct, hands-on experience in brand management, crisis communications and the communications issues surrounding labor relations, public affairs and new technologies. His work as both a principal in front of the camera and as an advisor to senior managers gives him invaluable perspectives on what our clients face every day.”
Austin served for nearly 10 years as the principal spokesman for Northwest Airlines, the fourth-largest airline in the world. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the development and execution of all external corporate communications. In addition to his experience in the airline industry, Austin also has worked in politics, government and the software industry.
LOS ANGELES—Eric Moses, a senior policy aide to Mayor Richard Riordan on energy, port and redevelopment issues, is joining the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard as a managing supervisor. Moses will be part of the firm’s public affairs group, counseling public and private sector clients on a wide range of policy, community and media issues.
Moses joined Riordan’s staff after eight years as a journalist in Los Angeles. He was a general assignment reporter and editorial writer at the Daily News, and a reporter for City News Service in Los Angeles.