CLEVELAND—Dix & Eaton has realigned its transaction communications practice under the direction of Keith Mabee, the firm’s president. Dix & Eaton’s transaction communications practice is nationwide in scope and offers clients specific strength in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; downsizing and workforce reductions; shareholder activism; proxy fights and hostile tender offers; and financial distress situations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
DETROIT—Manning Selvage & Lee has named Kelly Kolhagen as managing director of Hass MS&L in Detroit. She was most recently senior vice president and deputy managing director. Kolhagen, who joined MS&L in 2000, will continue to lead the office’s work with General Motors and will also work closely with the office’s senior staff to manage and grow the office’s capabilities. Kolhagen joined the agency following a 20-year career in newspapers, including an executive role at The Detroit News. Prior to that, she was a reporter and copy editor at The Flint Journal in Flint, Mich.
LONDON—Porter Novelli has added Tanya von Ahlefeldt as a director. Von Ahlefeldt brings more than 20 years of communications experience providing senior counsel to pharmaceutical companies. She joins Porter Novelli from Ruder Finn, where she provided high level consultancy to brands such as Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis and Lilly Icos, handling issues such as drug labelling, EU regulatory guidance and new drug introductions.
JACKSONVILLE, FL—International forest products company Rayonier has named Charles Hood as vice president, corporate affairs, reporting to Lee Thomas, chairman, president and CEO. He succeeds Jay A. Fredericksen who previously announced his plans to retire and will have responsibility for government affairs, corporate communications, community relations, media relations and The Rayonier Foundation. Previously, Hood was with Georgia-Pacific for 23 years and most recently was vice president, government affairs, with responsibility company-wide for state and federal government relations and issues management.
CHICAGO—JSH&A has promoted Laura Dihel to senior vice president and Kristin McCormick to vice president. Dihel, who joined the firm eight years ago, has led JSH&A’s work for clients including Beam Global Spirits & Wine, the Hershey Company, and Redbox. She will continue to oversee these account groups along with responsibilities for JSH&A business development. McCormick joined JSH&A in 2005 and directs internal and external communications assignments for agency clients including McDonald’s, Clarke Mosquito Control, Dremel, Western Golf Association, and the Tennis Corporation of America.
RIYADH—GCI Public Relations Middle East has named Neil Barrett as PR director for Saudi Arabia. Barrett has more than 20 years experience with ten of those spent in Saudi. He will assume key client and agency management responsibilities and will report to Greg Wixted, regional director of GCI Middle East and serve as a member of the senior GCI management team. Barrett joins from Ogilvy One where as a director he led the agency’s work on behalf of Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Telecom, Unileaver and NAS airlines.
BURLINGTON, VT—Rachel Carter, former director of public relations at Vermont marketing agency Paul Kaza Associates, has launched an independent marketing and public relations consulting business. Carter will specialize in all aspects of the Vermont “brand” and work with clients to publicize them in-state or to promote Vermont clients out-of-state. Carter works with clients in the tourism, recreation, music, finance, and environmental industries.
RALEIGH, NC—French/West/Vaughan has named Carol Nix senior vice president, marketing services, with responsibility for overseeing all of the agency’s creative and emerging media services. FWV also promoted Evan Howell to senior account supervisor and Sarah Allen to account supervisor.
CHICAGO—Cushman/Amberg Communications has promoted Mary Pettersen to vice president. Pettersen has been with the agency since 1997 and has experience in consumer and business-to-business practices, and industries such as technology, telecommunications, real estate, recreation and retail.