People News in Brief (December 27, 2006)
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People News in Brief (December 27, 2006)

Philip Dewhurst, most recently director of corporate affairs for British Nuclear Fuels, is joining Russian energy giant Gazprom as head of its U.K. corporate communications. Gazprom is the world’s largest gas producer and supplies a quarter of Europe’s gas needs.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Philip Dewhurst, most recently director of corporate affairs for British Nuclear Fuels, is joining Russian energy giant Gazprom as head of its U.K. corporate communications. Gazprom is the world’s largest gas producer and supplies a quarter of Europe’s gas needs. Dewhurst—something of a specialist in controversial issues and industries—joined BNFL in 2001 from Weber Shandwick, where he was U.K. CEO. He also previously worked at Railtrack and for the Chemical Industries Association.

DALLAS— Emily Callahan has been named as director of communications at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Callahan joined Komen in 2004, after serving as a supervisor at the Dallas office of Edelman, where she was responsible for accounts including Kerr-McGee and Kinko’s. As director of communications at Komen, Callahan directs all aspects of developing and managing Komen’s public relations initiatives as well as cultivating relationships with media, corporate partners and grant recipients.

DENVER—Johnston-Wells Public Relations has hired veteran television journalist Marc Williams to lead the firm’s broadcast division. Williams, senior counselor, comes to JohnstonWells with more than two decades of experience in public relations and broadcast journalism and will head up the company’s broadcast division, providing strategic counsel to clients regarding local and national broadcast outreach. Before joining JohnstonWells, Williams was director of media relations for Catholic Health Initiatives.  Prior to that, Williams spent 20 years as an assignment editor, newsroom manager and field producer with KUSA-TV in Denver.

BOSTON—Alan Stone, for the past five years vice president for government, community and public affairs at Harvard University, is stepping down. He is the first senior administrator appointed by former Harvard president Lawrence Summers to resign since Summers left office in June. Stone told the Harvard Crimson he decided to resign in order to allow Harvard’s next president to appoint his own team.

CENTURY CITY, CA—The Pollack PR Marketing Group has expanded its management team, naming Stefan Pollack president and William Ostedt vice president. Founder Noemi Pollack will continue to oversee the strategic direction of the agency and its clients and lead its overall growth as the agency’s chief executive officer. Stefan Pollack first joined the firm in 1989 as director of operations and business development and served as director of marketing services, vice president, senior vice president, assuming his current position as president in 2006. Will Ostedt first joined the firm in 1999 as account manager and was then promoted to senior account manager in 2003, account supervisor in 2005 and to his current position as vice president in 2006. 

CLEVELAND—Dix & Eaton has expanded its media relations practice with the addition of David Hertz as a vice president. Before joining Dix & Eaton, Hertz worked in several editing roles at the Akron Beacon Journal, including metro editor, region editor, enterprise editor and business editor. The firm has also added Christina Gurnak as a senior account executive and Amanda Majewski as an assistant account executive and promoted Amy McGahan to vice president and Kim Wysocki to senior account executive.

AUBURN, ME—Rinck Advertising, a full-service marketing, advertising, promotion and public relations firm, has hired Heather Blanchette as public relations specialist. Blanchette joins from Consigli Construction Company and will assist in media relations, strategic public relations planning, event planning and consumer and business-to-business communications.

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