People News in Brief (June 11, 2007)
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People News in Brief (June 11, 2007)

Ketchum has named Calmetta Coleman as senior vice president and director of editorial services for Ketchum Midwest, based in the firm’s Chicago office. Coleman joins from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she was vice president, senior communications manager.

Paul Holmes

CHICAGO—Ketchum has named Calmetta Coleman as senior vice president and director of editorial services for Ketchum Midwest, based in the firm’s Chicago office. Coleman joins from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she was vice president, senior communications manager, serving as the spokesperson for the company, including Chase bank and the JPMorgan businesses, in Illinois and Wisconsin. Coleman also served as a media relations manager for Bank One, before it merged with JPMorgan Chase in 2004. Prior to that, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in its Chicago bureau, where she worked various beats, including banking and consumer finance, retail, supermarkets and drugstores, and the car rental industry.

SAN FRANCISCO—MWW Group has hired Sharon Barclay as senior vice president and general manager of its San Francisco office. Barclay will manage office operations and bolster leadership on key national accounts.  She brings 18 years of experience in consumer marketing and corporate communications, with a strong background in the technology and financial industries. Prior to joining MWW Group, Barclay was general manager at Blanc and Otus/Hill & Knowlton, where she managed the company’s Boston operations and worked with clients including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Motorola, NaviSite, Airvana, Deloitte and Metatomix. Previously, Barclay was a director at Manning, Selvage & Lee.

NEW YORK—Porter Novelli today announced the selection of five new partners. Lisa Davidson serves as the head of Porter Novelli New York’s healthcare client group and has more than 18 years’ experience in marketing communications, including 15 at Porter Novelli; Wendy Hagen leads the strategic planning and research group in Washington, D.C.; Brad MacAfee has more than 15 years’ experience developing communications and business development strategies for companies, targeting the small-and medium-sized business market and joined Porter Novelli in 2000; Wayne Moretto is finance director for Porter Novelli’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region., based in London; and Frank Peters is managing partner of Porter Novelli’s office in The Netherlands.

BATON ROUGE, LA—The Shaw Group, which provides technology and engineering services, has named Sean Clancy vice president of corporate communications. In his new role, Clancy will report to Gary Graphia, the company’s executive vice president, corporate development and strategy and will be responsible for developing a global strategy that drives all communications, including media relations, marketing communications, reputation management, internal communications, and community relations.  Most recently Clancy was a senior consultant to several Fortune 100 companies, privately held companies, and federal government agencies seeking resolution to communication issues. Before that, he was vice president, corporate communications for the Flowserve Corporation, a $2.5 billion global capital products manufacturing company, and director of corporate communications for Union Carbide Corporation.

BRUSSELS—Walter Gelens is joining the partnership at Brussels-based strategic public relations firm European Communication Strategies. For the past two years, Gelens was marketing director at Belgacom and previously had spent his entire career at Unilever, where he held senior positions in marketing and operations, in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. From 2003 to 2005, Gelens was Chairman of Unilever Belgium and Managing Director of Unilever Home & Personal Care.  In addition, for the past five years, Gelens was President of UBA, the Federation of Belgian Advertisers.

NEW YORK—Beatrice Evangelista, formerly of Biosector 2, is joining Resolute Communications as a vice president in its New York office, which is led by Laurie Hurley, former senior vice president and partner with Fleishman-Hillard. Evangelista brings more than seven years of healthcare communications experience from several leading agencies, including Biosector 2, Euro RSCG Middleberg and Widmeyer Communications, and not-for-profit health organization such as the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.

HERNDON, VA—Deltek, a provider of enterprise applications software, has named Warren Brown, a veteran of The Boeing Company, Iridium Satellite, and most recently vice president of marketing for iDirect Technologies, as the company’s new vice president of strategic communications.  In his previous role at iDirect Technologies, a leading provider of satellite-based broadband access solutions, Brown was responsible for driving the development, strategy and execution of the company’s overall marketing efforts. Prior to joining iDirect, Brown was responsible for the marketing and corporate communications at Iridium Satellite and was the director of advertising and international public relations at Boeing.

LOS ANGELES—The Fashion House has promoted Jennifer Hinkle to vice president of marketing and public relations. Hinkle oversees marketing efforts for all of The Fashion House’s brands, made under licensing agreements with Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass and Richard Tyler. She has served as the director of marketing and public relations for the last two years. Her background includes stints at consumer public relations agencies including Ogilvy Public Relations and at House of Brands.

CINCINNATI—Northlich has appointed Katy Dalton Rigsby management supervisor on the Ohio State University Medical Center account. She brings with her 13 years of experience in healthcare public relations and joins Northlich from Stonefly Communications Group, where she was vice president and account director. In addition, the firm has named Maureen Kaiser as a PR account supervisor; Brian Hoyt as  PR senior account manager; and Susanna Max as PR account manager.

NEW YORK—Mitchell Simmons has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as vice president and will be involved in media relations, special events and branding programs for a number of the firm’s business, financial and technology clients, among others. Mitchell joins from Burson-Marsteller, where was a director in the firm’s brand marketing practice.


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