People News in Brief (January 5, 2007)
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People News in Brief (January 5, 2007)

GolinHarris has hired Idil Cakim as New York-based vice president in the agency’s interactive media practice, Dialogue. In a newly created role, Cakim will report to managing director Jennifer Cohan.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—GolinHarris has hired Idil Cakim as New York-based vice president in the agency’s interactive media practice, Dialogue. In a newly created role, Cakim will report to managing director Jennifer Cohan and will work in conjunction with the multi-office Dialogue practice team, led by regional managing director Gary Rudnick to develop and implement interactive strategies for clients, as well as foster relationships with bloggers and online communities. Cakim joins GolinHarris from Burson-Marsteller, where she advised clients on best practices for online stakeholder relations, devised communication and branding strategies and developed digital public relations products. She also serves on the board of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.

NEW YORK—Gavin Anderson & Company has hired Brion Tingler, a cross-border communications practitioner with experience in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, as an associate director in the New York office. In Hong Kong, Lydia Leung, an experienced investor-relations executive, has been hired as an associate director. Tingler spent five years in Greater China working with multinational and Chinese clients in the financial services, technology, consumer products, automotive and industrial sectors. Leung was most recently the investor relations manager of the largest state-owned consumer food and agricultural enterprise in China, COFCO International.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—MWW Group has promoted Tom Biro to senior director of new media strategies. Biro will play a key role in MWW’s new media and emerging technologies work. Biro also authors MWW Group’s Open the Dialogue blog, which focuses on the world of new media, including commentary on blog usage in business. MWW also promoted Rich Patterson to creative director. He will oversee the firm’s creative department, which provides a graphic and design services to MWW clients across all industries.

BALTIMORE—Constellation Energy has named Kevin Hadlock as vice president, investor relations and Robert Gould as vice president, corporate communications. Hadlock will continue to lead Constellation Energy’s investor relations function and report to E. Follin Smith, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administration officer. Gould will continue to lead corporate communications throughout Constellation Energy and its lines of businesses, reporting to Thomas Brady, executive vice president, corporate strategy and retail competitive supply.

MINNEAPOLIS—Exponent Public Relations has promoted Lisa Carlson and Sara Peterson from associate to senior associate. Carlson’s accounts include United Health Foundation, Novartis Animal Health and General Mills. Peterson’s current accounts include Agriliance, AgStar Financial Services, DuPont and Vistakon. In addition, Christine Scherping joins as an associate from Ridgedale Center’s General Growth Management. Troy Tepley also joins as an associate from Tunheim Partners.

SINGAPORE—Singapore Exchange Limited has named Kelly Long as its new vice president and head of corporate communications. She will take over from John Gollifer who will now focus on his role as head of investor relations, as well as leading the industry’s efforts to establish an investor relations association. Long joins SGX from Sun Microsystems where she was the director of marketing for Asia South, responsible for marketing programs, corporate communications and brand management.

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.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Clayton Boyce has been named vice president of public affairs for the American Trucking Associations. Boyce, who has served in the U.S. Department of Transportation office of the inspector general since 2004—most recently as public affairs officer—was also previously editor-in-chief and publisher of Traffic World magazine.

MINNEAPOLIS—Karwoski & Courage Public Relations has named Jean Hill to the newly created position of vice president, client service director. Hill previously held the title of vice president, account group director.She joined Karwoski & Courage in 1993, shortly after the agency’s inception.

PITTSBURGH—Doan B. Johnson, II has been named director of business development at Forge Communications. He joins the firm from Flatrolled Steel./Texstar Metals in Grand Prairie, Tex.

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