People News in brief (June 26)
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People News in brief (June 26)

Kaplow Communications has hired David Herrick as general manager, a newly-created position. Previously, Herrick led global communications campaigns for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Kaplow Communications has hired David Herrick as general manager, a newly-created position. Previously, Herrick led global communications campaigns for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and earlier managed the consumer and consumer technology practices in San Francisco for Ruder Finn. In addition, Jill Christian has joined Kaplow Communications as a senior vice president, managing the beauty and fashion and consumer health practices. She will be responsible for managing the Alberto-Culver and CVS/pharmacy brands and will serve on the agency’s executive management committee. 

SANTA CLARA, CA—McGrath/Power Public Relations & Communications has named Don King director of investor relations. King joins McGrath/Power after serving as president of Bates Churchill Investor Relations, one of the Southwest’s largest investor relations firms. He will be responsible for providing guidance and perspective to investor relations issues on all client programs agency-wide. King has represented companies in the technology, financial services, energy, real estate, power, oilfield services, manufacturing and banking industries, and has worked on initial and secondary public offerings, debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions and financial restructurings and reorganizations.

MALVERN, PA—Pharmaceutical and vaccine company Novavax has appointed Mariann Caprino vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. A former journalist, Caprino served for nearly a decade as a spokesperson for Pfizer Inc., where she was senior director and team leader of corporate media relations. In her new role, she will report directly to Novavax president and chief executive officer Dr. Rahul Singhvi. Prior to joining Pfizer, Caprino was a national business writer at The Association Press’s worldwide headquarters in New York City. She also served as director of communications at the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

NEW YORK—Burson-Marsteller has named Janie Gabbett, a former senior editor at Reuters as a director at Marsteller, its in-house advertising, design, interactive and production agency in Chicago. In 2004, Gabbett founded her own communications consulting practice, The Gabbett Group, where she guided the launch of Remarkable Woman Magazine and helped corporate executives hone and deliver their messages effectively.Earlier, she worked as a financial reporter and news editor for Reuters in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong in a career that spanned 23 years.

CHICAGO—Public Communications has promoted three of its veteran staff members: Kathleen Boylan and Leigh Wagner to senior vice president and Peter Barry to vice president. Boylan joined PCI in 1991 after serving as senior public relations specialist at The Quaker Oats Company; Wagner joined the firm in 1988 and was previously assistant director of PCI’s media group; Barry joined in 1996 and directs media relations and marketing communication programs for several clients.

ATLANTA—Atlanta-based energy services holding company AGL Resources has named Susan Meyers director of public affairs. Most recently Meyers was policy advisor to the Georgia House of Representatives and Speaker Glenn Richardson, and earlier she served as vice president of Georgians for Better Transportation. Prior to her career in government, Meyers had an extensive career in the newspaper business with the Atlanta Journal and the Florida Times-Union.

NEW YORK—The Morris + King Company has hired Caren Browning as vice president. She will lead work for several of MKC’s high-profile clients, including Pilot Pen,, Actus Lend Lease Communities, Abyssinian Development Corporation and World-Wide Development. Immediately prior to joining MKC, Browning served as a senior media director with Hunter Public Relations. Earlier she worked at Noonan Russo-Presence; Creamer Dickson Basford; Bozell; Sawyer Miller Group; and RLM.

AUSTIN, TX—Weber Shandwick has hired Justin Keener and Lara Stott as vice presidents in its Austin office. Keener, a public policy and communications specialist, previously oversaw the public affairs practice in the Southwest at Edelman. Stott will provide strategic counsel and vision to corporate, health and consumer clients and also joins from Edelman.

MCLEAN, VA—The SheaHedges Group has added three new companies to its national client portfolio. Apptis, EMC, and Induslogic have selected SHG as a strategic communications partner.

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