WASHINGTON, D.C.— Lynne Adrine, a longtime network television news producer, has been appointed vice president for communications at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading African American think tank. She will direct the Joint Center’s public relations activities, serving as chief media liaison and overseeing the organization’s magazine and its web site. Prior to starting her own business as a media consultant and career coach early last year, Adrine spent 16 years as a producer for ABC News in Washington, where she worked on most of the network’s major news and public affairs programs. Earlier in her career, she worked as a producer for CBS and NBC News, as well as with the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.
PITTSBURGH—Burson-Marsteller has named Jody Lange as managing director and chief creative officer for the U.S. region at Marsteller, the firm’s advertising and creative services unit. Lange will report to Andrew Nibley, Chairman and CEO of Marsteller. In 12 years as creative director at Burson-Marsteller’s Pittsburgh office, Lange has led strategy, branding, creative, marketing planning, and messaging initiatives for manyof the firm’s clients and has expertise in human-centered interaction and service design, information architecture, and the interplay between graphic design and language.
NEW YORK—MWW Group has promoted Sean Dougherty to group vice president in the agency’s New York office. With more than eight years at MWW Group and 16 years in the industry, Dougherty has worked with many of the firm’s technology, financial services, legal and industrial clients. He joined MWW Group’s East Rutherford office in 1998 from Edelman.
CLEVELAND—Associated Estates Realty Corporation has hired Michael Lawson as vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Prior to joining AEC, Lawson was the principal of the MKL Group, a full service corporate communications and public affairs consulting firm that advises clients on investor, media and government relations strategies and tactics. Lawson previously served as the director of corporate communications for Granite Construction, one of the largest transportation builders in the country. Prior to joining Granite, he served as the west coast bureau chief for Engineering New-Record magazine.
DENVER—LeGrand Hart has hired Jeremy Story to serve as director of its new corporate practice, recently added to its existing consumer and technology/B2B practices. Story, former director of corporate communications for StorageTek and vice president of Weber Shandwick Worldwide’s Denver office, will lead LeGrand Hart’s corporate accounts including The Weitz Company, Trust Company of America and Clifton Gunderson.
LOS ANGELES—PondelWilkinson, an investor relations and corporate communications firm, has promoted Angie Yang to senior vice president. Yang joined PondelWilkinson in 1997 with a background spanning the legal, medical and entrepreneurial fields. Today, she serves as the day-to-day investor relations contact for a wide range of publicly traded companies, principally in the consumer, financial services, transportation and technology sectors.