AUSTIN, TX—TateAustin Public Relations & Public Affairs has hired Jeff Hahn as a vice president to lead the regional firm’s corporate technology communications practice. Hahn has spent the past 15 years with Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor as communications director. At TateAustin he will work alongside tech industry consultant Tim Deagan and agency principal Patti Summerville. Deagan was formerly with Tivoli, a senior manager and partner at Athens Group, and a decision support system manager at Dell. Summerville is a 16-year veteran of IBM.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Bush will nominate Michele Davis, who served as spokeswoman for former Treasury chief Paul O’Neill, to return to the U.S. Treasury as assistant Treasury secretary for public affairs. She wilkl play an expanded role as a senior strategist for current Tresury Secretary Henry Paulson on both communications and policy. The position requires Senate confirmation. Before joining the Treasury in Bush’s first term, Davis was communications director for former House Majority Leader Richard Armey, a Texas Republican. She went to mortgage finance agency Fannie Mae after serving as spokeswoman during O’Neill’s stormy tenure at the Treasury. Davis would replace Tony Fratto, who is joining the White House as deputy assistant to the President and assistant press secretary.
SAN FRANCISCO—Manning Selvage & Lee has named Kelly McKenna and Jennie Kim co-practice directors of the West Coast global health practice and members of the executive team in the San Francisco office. McKenna was previously vice president of West Coast global health and has a decade of healthcare experience at MS&L. Kim, who is joining MS&L San Francisco from the New York office, previously was a vice president in that office.
NEW YORK—J. Travis has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as vice president, managing accounts including ZAP Advanced Technology Vehicles, New York Health & Racquet Club, Trump Vodka, musical artist SUN, and Dr. Stuart Fischer. Travis comes to RPR from the New York Health & Racquet Club, where he was brand manager. Previously he was with Rogers & Cowan.
MINNEAPOLIS—Padilla Speer Beardsley has promoted five account staff in its Minneapolis: directors Shawn Brumbaugh and Dave Heinsch, and senior account executives Jocelyn Braun, Kristin Heinmets and Kimberly Huston. Brumbaugh and Heinsch support the firm’s investor relations/corporate communications practice area.
NEW YORK—Krupp Kommunications, a full service public relations, marketing and branding agency that works for experts, bestselling authors and globally recognized brands, has hired Chris Dao as publicity director. She joins the agency from Warner Books, where she served as a publicity executive for over six years. In her new post, she will execute media relations outreach and strategy on behalf of the agency’s publishing, corporate, entertainment, lifestyle and philanthropy clients.
NEW YORK—The IGB Group, a New York-based investor relations and financial communications firm, has appointed Michael Cimini as vice president in its transportation practice. He will be responsible for corporate communications, investor relations and public relations consulting for a group of transportation companies. He joins from KCSA Worldwide, where he most recently served as vice president.
BIRMINGHAM, MI—Clear!Blue, a communications agency specializing in the automotive industry, has promoted Mike Rosenau to president from chief strategy officer. Prior to joining Clear!Blue, Rosenau spent six years at DaimlerChrysler where he served as manager of the Jeep and later Dodge brands before becoming the manager for both marketing and sales and safety communications.