People News in Brief (April 2, 2007)
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People News in Brief (April 2, 2007)

GSW Worldwide, one of the largest healthcare advertising agencies in the world, has named Kelly Arledge as vice president, public relations in its Columbus office. Arledge will be responsible for developing, implementing and leading public relations strategies for clients.

Paul Holmes

COLUMBUS, OH—GSW Worldwide, one of the largest healthcare advertising agencies in the world, has named Kelly Arledge as vice president, public relations in its Columbus office. Arledge will be responsible for developing, implementing and leading public relations strategies for clients.  She comes to GSW with more than 20 years of corporate and agency marketing and public relations experience. Most recently, Arledge served as president of KWA Public Relations, a company she founded in 2001. She provided strategic communications planning and tactical execution to local, regional and national accounts including Columbus Children’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Health System, Ohio Hospital Association, Huntington Bancshares and the National Council on Aging.

NEW YORK—Hill & Knowlton has named Ruth Clark global chief talent director. Clark will report to Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO, and will serve on the worldwide executive committee.  She will continue to oversee Canadian HR operations and remains based in Toronto continuing to report in that capacity to Michael Coates, president and CEO for Canada.  In her new role, Clark will liaise with WPP on Group requirements, and coordinate senior hiring needs throughout the company. 

MINNEAPOLIS—Colle+McVoy, an integrated marketing agency and parent to public relations firm Exponent, has hired David Denham as director of strategic initiatives. He will help drive business development efforts for the agency, provide leadership for go-to-market strategies and consult on brand positioning. Denham joins Colle+McVoy from Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve, where he was a principal and account director crafting business growth strategies for clients that included Colgate-Palmolive, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Miller Brewing Company, PepsiCo and RadioShack.

NEW ALBANY, OH—Commercial Vehicle Group has hired John Hyre as director of investor relations and corporate communications, responsible for the strategy, planning and execution of CVG’s investor and shareholder communications. He will also manage media relations and crisis communications for the company and oversee the coordination and integration of CVG’s internal and marketing communications with its corporate and financial communications efforts.   Before joining CVG, Hyre was senior vice president at Dix & Eaton. Prior to that, he held various investor relations and corporate communications positions at Roadway Corporation.

LOS ANGELES—Technology company Veridigm has appointed Alise Mills to its board of directors and as vice president of corporate communications. Mills is founding partner of AGM Consulting, an integrated communications and public affairs firm consulting in both the public and private sectors. Mills specializes in providing tactical response, corporate communications and collaboration solutions, strategies, implementation and dissemination.

PROVIDENCE, RI—Stephen Hourahan has been named director of public affairs at Duffy & Shanley, one of Southern New England’s oldest and largest advertising, marketing and public affairs firms. Hourahan’s responsibilities will include strategic counsel, new business development and service to current and prospective clients.  The former director of communications and campaign chairman for U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee, Hourahan returns to his native Rhode Island after six years in Washington, D.C.  He began his career in politics with the late Senator John H. Chafee during his 1982 campaign for reelection.

LONDON—FD has promoted 13 senior executives from both sides of the Atlantic to managing director. In London, the new MDs are Andrew Walton, Andrew Waterworth, Charlie Palmer, Ed Gascoigne-Pees, Fergus Wheeler, Greg Quine, and John Simmons. In the U.S., the new MDs are Deb Cabral (Washington, D.C.), Eric Boyriven and Evan Smith (New York), Harlan Loeb (Chicago), Lisa Cradit and Raoul Bhavnani (New York).

MINNEAPOLIS—Padilla Speer Beardsley has promoted Matt Sullivan to director; Krista Ulatowski to senior account executive; Moria Fredrickson and Stephanie Snyder to account executives; and Katherine Brozek to assistant account executive. Sullivan counsels clients and account teams for the firm’s investor relations and corporate communications clients, inlcuding ADC Telecommunications, Datalink, IntriCon and Possis Medical.

PARIS—Christophe Lachnitt has been named head of corporate communications for DCN International, the French shipbuilder. Lachnitt will be a member of the group’s executive board and will report directly to the chairman and CEO. He will oversee the definition and implementation of new policies for internal and external communications. Lachnitt was previously vice president, marketing and communications at Microsoft France. Prior to that, he held executive positions with the Alcatel group.

BRUSSELS—Klaske de Jonge has been appointed director of corporate communications Europe and CIS for Masterfoods, overseeing internal and external communications for Mars in the region. De Jonge joins the company from the Dutch Consumer Association, where she was executive director. She was also an executive member of BEUC, the European Federation of Consumer Organizations.


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