CHICAGO—GolinHarris has promoted Trent Frager to senior vice president. In his new role, Frager will continue to manage key client relationships and contribute to new business development in the firm’s corporate communications practice. Since joining GolinHarris in 2005, Frager has played a key role on a variety of engagements, including TransUnion, Society of Actuaries, LA Weight Loss Centers, Cobra Electronics, Illinois Department of Public Health, Land O’Frost, Sprint, ,McDonald’s, Johnsonville Sausage. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Frager was with Chicago-based Exelon Corporation and spent several years at Fleishman-Hillard in its Chicago and Kansas City offices and Edelman.
CHICAGO—MWW Group has added John Foyer as a vice president in the Chicago office. He is taking a leading role on accounts such as Emmis Radio, Natural Health Sciences and XanGo Juice. Prior to MWW Group, Foyer founded and managed his own public relations firm, Foyer Communications, where clients included the American Osteopathic Association, Cardinal Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Legacy Environmental Systems and Manufacturers Bank. Previously, he was an account supervisor in the Chicago office of Ketchum. MWW Group has also promoted John Ferrari to vice president, finance. In his new role, Ferrari will help manage financial operations for MWW Group and its Financial Relations Board division, after seven years as a member of the firm’s finance department. Previously, he worked as a senior financial analyst at Asarco.
CHARLOTTE, NC—Rick Lyke, senior partner at Eric Mower & Associates, has been named director of public relations and public affairs for the agency’s Southeast offices in Charlotte and Atlanta. Lyke will be responsible for growing EMA’s public relations and public affairs business in the Southeast, as well as providing support for current clients in both office Lyke has spent the past 23 years with EMA, and has been in the firm’s Charlotte office for two years. He led EMA’s public relations group in Syracuse before establishing the firm’s public relations and public affairs office in Albany in 1996.
ORLANDO—Veteran journalist Michael Cabbage, who spent many years as space editor for the Orlando Sentinel and has served as a TV commentator on the space program, has joined the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in the newly restructured position of director of news services and managing editor, responsible for multimedia operations as well as operations of the press office, reporting to press secretary David Mould and deputy associate administrator Bob Jacobs.
PHILADELPHIA—Vox Medica, one of the largest independent healthcare communications companies in the U.S. has added Emily Poe as vice president in the public relations group. Poe comes to Vox Medica from Cohn & Wolfe in New York, where she served as vice president. She will be the team lead for Vox Medica on a national outreach campaign promoting awareness of Alzheimer’s disease within Hispanic communities.
NEW YORK—Lisa Labrado has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as vice president and will be involved in media relations, special events and branding programs for a number of the firm’s luxury consumer goods and high-end real estate clients. She joins from Jacob & Co., maker of fine jewelry and watches, where she was global marketing director.
KISSIMMEE, FL—Kissimmee Utility Authority has promoted Chris Gent to vice president of corporate communications, from his position as manager of corporate communications. He continues to report to Jim Welsh, president and general manager of the utility. Gent joined KUA in May 1993. He began his career as communications coordinator at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando.
LOUISVILLE, CO—CTA Integrated Communications has promoted Warren Laird to vice president to oversee the firm’s investor relations and public relations clients. Prior to joining the firm, Laird worked in the travel industry and also served in the United States Army’s First Armored Division.