People News in Brief (December 4, 2006)
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People News in Brief (December 4, 2006)

The Bank of New York has promoted R. Jeep Bryant, its global head of corporate communications, to executive vice president. Bryant is responsible for external public relations as well as internal communications to the bank’s 23,000 employees.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—The Bank of New York has promoted R. Jeep Bryant, its global head of corporate communications, to executive vice president. Bryant is responsible for external public relations as well as internal communications to the bank’s 23,000 employees.  Bryant joined The Bank of New York in 2003 as managing director, having previously served as vice president and director of financial communications at the PNC financial services group and in several management roles at First Union Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter, anchor and producer for three television news operations.

CLEVELAND—The Sherwin-Williams Company has named Mike Conway director of corporate communications and investor relations. Conway will be responsible for media, investor and community relations, reporting to Bob Wells, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs. Conway joins Sherwin-Williams after spending eight years at KeyCorp where he was VP, investor relations. Prior to KeyCorp, Conway was director of corporate communications for Manco; director of media relations for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and spent 13 years as a special projects reporter at WJW-TV-8, Cleveland.

RALEIGH, NC—French/West/Vaughan has promoted Natalie Best and Charles Upchurch to vice president. Best joined FWV in 2002 and oversees the travel and tourism and food and beverage practices. Upchurch has been with FWV since 1998 and oversees clients in the consumer and sports and entertainment practices.

LONDON—Arlyn Davich has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as associate vice president, managing accounts including City Lights Media Group, Glenwood Management, and Hannah Real Estate Investors. She comes to RPR from The Rosen Group, where she represented clients in the food and magazine publishing industries.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—AARP has appointed Cecelia Prewett to the newly created position of associate director of media relations. Prewett joins from the office of Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, where she served as senior communications manager for the Governor’s office of communication and information and supervised the communications teams for 23 agencies under the office of the Governor. Prewett previously worked on Capitol Hill for several highly active and visible members of congress, including Representatives Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Bob Filner (D-Cal).

LOS ANGELES—True Religion Apparel, a design-based lifestyle brand, has named Emilio Fields to the newly created position of director of marketing and public relations. Fields has guided media relations and marketing campaigns for several designers, most recently Andrew Marc, as well as handling promotions and sales for Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Christian Dior. He reports directly to Jeffrey Lubell, chairman and chief executive officer.

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