WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bruce deGrazia has joined Carmen Group as managing director of its homeland security practice. He will help clients effectively engage the Department of Homeland Security on both policy and business development issues. In addition, Steven Johnston and Caleb Ward have joined Carmen Group’s international practice as senior associate and associate respectively. DeGrazia was assistant deputy under secretary of defense for environmental quality in the Clinton administration, responsible for policy and oversight of all environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and conservation issues. He also was part of the U.S. team negotiating the global climate change treaty. In 2002, he co-founded the Homeland Security Industries Association, a trade association with more than 400 members.
CHICAGO—Financial Dynamics has hired veteran communications and policy advisor Michael McGrath as senior vice president in its Chicago office. McGrath has expertise in legal and regulatory affairs, media relations, issues advocacy, executive visibility and corporate social responsibility. He will report to Harlan Loeb, U.S. director of FD’s litigation practice. McGrath joins FD from Hill & Knowlton’s Chicago office, where he was a member of the Chicago management committee. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, he was a senior communications and policy advisor to the president of the American Bar Association and led the communications function for the ABA section of litigation, the ABA’s largest organizational entity.
AUBURN HILLS, MI—Bentley Motors has appointed Jyarland Daniels Jones as manager of lifestyle public relations. Jones joins Bentley from the Ford Motor Company where she has held a number of marketing positions, including Fusion marketing launch manager and, most recently, as zone manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. Previously, Jones held several sales and marketing positions with Johnson & Johnson and Hallmark Cards. In her new role, Jones will be responsible for expanding Bentley’s relationships with lifestyle media through cross-functional coordination with Bentley’s sales and marketing teams. She will report to David Reuter, general manager of public relations.
CHICAGO—Zapwater Communications has added Ryan McLaughlin as vice president and group director of public affairs. McLaughlin joins Zapwater with an expertise in strategic planning, crisis communications and media relations after serving as the campaign manager for one of the most high-profile Congressional campaigns in the 2006 election cycle: Peter Roskam’s election to Congress in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. In the last decade, McLaughlin has worked for two Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, run a political and corporate consulting business and managed numerous campaigns throughout Illinois. He also held senior positions in Jim Ryan’s 2002 Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign and with the Illinois Republican State Senate Campaign Committee.
LOS ANGELES—Dorrit Ragosine has joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment as vice president of public relations. She will drive consumer public relations effort for the studio’s new release, catalog and television titles and play an overall strategic role in communications for the division. Most recently, Ragosine launched the domestic public relations department for MGM after the studio consolidated its global home entertainment activities with TCFHE, helping to launch the complete, four-volume James Bond films collection on DVD. Before MGM, Ragosine was executive vice president of cho HighWater Group, a new media and technology communications firm, where she opened and ran the Los Angeles office and drove the company’s expansion into the film and home video markets.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Richard Deutsch is joining GYMR as a vice president. He previously served as director of communications at the American Health Quality Association where he led public campaigns to improve hospital, ambulatory, nursing home and home health care in collaboration with a wide range of major health care associations, foundations, and professional societies. Previously, Deutsch was the senior public affairs associate at the Urban Institute. In addition, Leticia Diaz joins the GYMR team as a senior account executive and Erica Garland joins GYMR as an account coordinator.
NEW YORK—M Booth & Associates has promoted Kurt Rossler to vice president in the corporate practice and Lauren Swartz to vice president in the consumer practice. Other promotions include Brenda Urban, Katie Rogers, and Iris Yen to account supervisor; Daniel Urzedo to senior account executive; and Melissa Mattiace to account executive.
LEXINGTON, MA—Synta Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing small molecule drugs to treat severe medical conditions, has named Rob Kloppenburg as vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. From October 2003 to November 2006, Kloppenburg was senior vice president and head of the Boston life sciences practice of Fleishman-Hillard. Earlier, he was senior director of corporate communications with Millennium Pharmaceuticals and held increasingly senior roles in communications and public affairs at Bayer.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington Partners has named Gwyn Walcoff as the firm’s senior vice president for public relations. The appointment signals the firm’s growing offering of broad public relations services in addition to its original education-oriented government relations practice. Walcoff’s areas of expertise include education, health, pharmaceutical, foundations, non-profit organizations, and professional associations.
CHICAGO—Northern Trust Corporation has named Kelly King Dibble senior vice president and director of public affairs. As Northern Trust’s senior public affairs officer, Dibble will direct the company’s external government relationship strategies and activities at the municipal, state, and federal levels and will report to Kelly R. Welsh, executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Dibble served as executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
CARNESVILLE, GA—Fastrak Racing Series has named Mike Leone national director of public relations. Leone will also serve as Northeast region co-director. Leone has worked at Sharon, Sportsman’s, and Expo Speedways in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.
NEW YORK—Walsh Communications Group, a division of Bliss Gouverneur & Associates, has promoted Cortney Rhoads Stapleton to vice president. Rhoads Stapleton was previously a senior account executive and has been with Walsh Communications for almost seven years.