People News in Brief (March 17, 2008)
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People News in Brief (March 17, 2008)

Weber Shandwick adds to financial service practice; Falconi to chair Commission on PR research, plus new corporate communications executives at Scottrade and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Paul Holmes

MINNEAPOLISWeber Shandwick has hired Paul Kelash as vice president in its financial services practice. Kelash will play a key role in new business development and will participate in the firm’s North American financial services industry practice group. Kelash, who lived in London earlier in his career, will liaise between the North American industry and the London office. For the past five years, Kelash has directed public relations and staff communications for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Before joining Thrivent in 2002, Kelash worked in San Francisco as a principal and communications strategist for Barclays Global Investors.


GAINESVILLE, FLToni Muzi Falconi, adjunct professor at New York University and LUMSA University in Rome, has been elected chair of the Commission on Global Public Relations Research. The group, a unit of  the Institute for Public Relations, seeks to create, encourage and disseminate new research on the practice of public relations.


ST. LOUISScottrade, an online investment firm, has promoted Craig Ransom as assistant director of corporate communication, responsible for internal and external communications. Ransom was previously communication administration manager for Scottrade after managing the Des Peres, Mo., branch office. 


ATLANTA—SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, the full-service corporate and investment banking arm of SunTrust Banks, has named Horace Zona as managing director and head of its media and communications corporate and investment banking practice group. Zona will lead SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's team of industry specialists that deliver tailored advice and financial solutions to media and communications companies. He most recently spent seven years at Wachovia Securities in Charlotte,  where he served as a senior member of its media and communications corporate and investment banking group.

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