People News in Brief (March 13)
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People News in Brief (March 13)

Hill & Knowlton has named Doug Schneider west coast practice head for the firm’s national sports marketing practice.

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LOS ANGELES—Hill & Knowlton has named Doug Schneider west coast practice head for the firm’s national sports marketing practice. Schneider will work closely with the firm’s national sports marketing practice director, Scott Kirkpatrick, to expand the firm’s offer. Schneider joins H&K from Ruder Finn where he served as marketing practice head in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Based in H&K’s Irvine office, he will oversee sports marketing work for such clients as adidas, Mazda North American Operations, BF Goodrich, and Ford Motor Company. 

CHICAGO—Christine DiBartolo has joined Burson-Marsteller Chicago as a director in the public affairs practice. She will be responsible for providing counsel and direction to all Chicago-based public affairs clients and developing new business opportunities. DiBartolo transfers from the Washington, D.C., office of BM, which she joined in 2001 and where she was a part of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing’s “New Color of Money” public education campaign in support of the U.S. Government’s new currency program. Prior to working at BM, she was an aide to former Attorney General Janet Reno.

PITTSBURG, TX—Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, one of the largest chicken producers in the United States,  has named Gary Rhodes as vice president of corporate communications. Rhodes most recently served as director of corporate communications for The Kroger Co., America’s second-largest food retailer.  During his seven years at Kroger, he was responsible for national media relations, executive and financial communications, issues management, labor communications and much of Kroger’s employee communications.

NEW YORK—Ruder Finn named Diane Slaine-Siegel as vice president in the New York global issues group. She joins Ruder Finn after 25 years as an award-winning journalist with NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, having worked as a senior producer for Good Morning America and 48 Hours, and as a producer for Nightline with Ted Koppel, Prime Time Live and NBC News. At Ruder Finn, Slaine-Siegel is currently working on media relations campaigns for the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Oman; Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Domestic Violence Workplace Initiative; the Summit of Iraqi and American Women, and Global Green USA.

MELBOURNE, FL—Harris Corporation has promoted Pamela Padgett, vice-president of investor relations, to the position of vice president-investor relations and corporate communications. While continuing to lead investor relations, her role has been expanded to include strategic oversight of companywide media relations and marketing communications activities. Padgett joined Harris in 1996. She was formerly vice president-mergers and acquisitions at MC Financial Services.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—463 Communications, which specializes in technology policy and public sector communications, has hired Josh Zecher and Amber Allman in its Washington, D.C., office.  Zecher has joined as vice president and most recently served as a senior internal marketing communications manager at American Online. Allman is director of technology policy and was with American Red Cross national headquarters leading communications efforts for global disasters and Red Cross services.

AUSTIN—The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has named Nan Matthews director of public relations. Most recently, Matthews worked as the Main Street manager for the City of Luling to promote, develop, and revitalize downtown. Prior to working for the City of Luling, Matthews worked at National Instruments in the corporate design and events groups for a total of eight years. In her new role, she will work with local and national media organizations to promote the Chamber’s Opportunity Austin jobs initiative.

LOS ANGELES—Cerrell Associates has promoted Mark Wittenberg to vice president. Wittenberg is responsible for oversight of the firm’s energy and environment division and works closely with
the land use, local government, entertainment and campaign units.

NEW YORK—Todd Barrish has joined Dukas Public Relations as senior vice president and head of the firm’s growing technology practice. DPR also promoted Justin Perras to vice president. He will manage the firm’s strong roster of financial and professional services clients.  Barrish joins DPR after working at Connors Communications, where he led the strategic initiatives for many of the firm’s top clients including Vonage, TowerStream, Priceline, Education Testing Services and He began his career in Cohn & Wolfe’s technology division.

CHATTANOOGA, TN—Waterhouse Public Relations has named Mike Gloekler as account manager, and Amy Busher and Kathryn DeNovoa as assistant account executives. Gloekler served six years as an award-winning journalist and public affairs expert with the United States Navy. He most recently worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s ship systems sector, where he managed internal publications and was the sector’s chief speechwriter.

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