People News in Brief (June 25, 2007)
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People News in Brief (June 25, 2007)

GolinHarris has named Laura Celesia as senior vice president of new business development. In this role, Celesia will be charged with leading new business initiatives, including prospect development and outreach.

Paul Holmes

CHICAGO—GolinHarris has named Laura Celesia as senior vice president of new business development. In this role, Celesia will be charged with leading new business initiatives, including prospect development and outreach. She will work out of the agency’s headquarters in Chicago, reporting to chief marketing officer Ellen Ryan Mardiks. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Celesia was director of business development for OMD Worldwide, where she led new business efforts for the Midwest region.

NEW YORK—Terence Boyd has been appointed director of external affairs of Literacy Partners, a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization that teaches adult and family literacy in New York City. Boyd will oversee all aspects of the organization’s marketing and external communications, and will report directly to executive director Susan McLean to ensure that the Literacy Partner mission, goals and successes are conveyed to potential students, government funding agencies and financial supporters. In his previous position, Boyd was the vice president for development at the national I Have A Dream Foundation, where he was responsible for the development of public and private funding.

NEW YORK—Financial Relations Board, the Interpublic-owned financial communications and investor relations firm, has named Philip Nourie senior vice president of its New York office. Phil will lead FRB’s financial media relations practice, and will counsel clients on crisis management and capital markets communications.  Over the past six years, Nourie served as founder and manager of NouriePR, where he built a successful practice representing financial firms, real estate firms, law firms and consumer companies, as well as international governments. Prior to founding NouriePR, Phil spent six years handling financial media relations and crisis work for Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Ruder Finn, Rubenstein & Associates and Shea Communications.

MINNEAPOLIS—Fast Horse has strengthened its interactive and media relations capabilities with the addition of John Reinan as a senior director and Amanda Mark as a client relationship manager. Reinan, a longtime news reporter will lead efforts to develop an agency blog and will work with clients such as Carlson Hotels and The Coca-Cola Company. Mark, who worked at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. is focused on one of the firm’s newer clients: Nationwide Insurance.   

NASHVILLE, TN—Rachel Lassiter, who served as Governor Phil Bredesen’s deputy press secretary for four years, has rejoined McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations as an account supervisor. She returns after serving in the governor’s press office and spending a year with the American Cancer Society as media advocacy director.

TARRYTOWN, NY—Emisphere Technologies has named Bob Madison senior director of corporate communications.  Madison was previously director of public affairs at Hoffmann-La Roche for Pegasys, a leader in hepatitis C therapies, and communications director of the American Liver Foundation.

RESTON, VA—Mobile Satellite Ventures has named Gary Sharpe vice president for investor relations and corporate communications. From 1997 to 2000, Sharpe led investor relations at Comsat Corporation, which was the largest investor in satellite consortia Intelsat, Inmarsat and New Skies.

NASHVILLE, TN—Gish Sherwood & Friends, a Nashville-based advertising agency, has named Leigh Marie Lunn as vice president of public relations, a newly established position. Lunn’s career at GS&F began as a public relations account executive in 2002, advancing to the account manager level in 2003, and being selected to head the department two years later.

BALTIMORE—Warschawski has added Desiree Voinche as a new associate. Prior to joining Warschawski, Desiree was the manager of public relations for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, where she handled all aspects of public relations.


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