People News in Brief (May 21, 2007)
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People News in Brief (May 21, 2007)

Paul Colford, a former media columnist at the New York Daily News and Newsday, has been named director of media relations for The Associated Press. Colford is responsible for developing and implementing AP’s external communications policies and plans.

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NEW YORK—Paul Colford, a former media columnist at the New York Daily News and Newsday, has been named director of media relations for The Associated Press. Colford is responsible for developing and implementing AP’s external communications policies and plans, and providing strategic leadership in directing the company’s relations with the media and public. Colford has more than 30 years of journalism experience, most recently at the Daily News, where since 2000 he was a columnist and reporter. Earlier, Colford worked for the Long Island-based newspaper Newsday and New York Newsday, its city-focused spin-off.

IRVINE—MWW Group has hired Mark Corbae as a senior vice president and general manager of its Irvine, Cal., office.  Corbae will also lead MWW Group’s national life sciences practice. Prior to joining MWW Group, Corbae managed his own marketing and public relations consulting agency, San Diego-based Corbae and Co., supporting a variety of high tech and biotech companies including Cisco, Network Catalyst, Cypress Bioscience, AVIVA Biosciences, Fresenius Hemocare and Barr Laboratories. Previously he served as public relations director at Advanced Tissue Sciences, manufacturer of human-based tissue products for tissue repair and transplantation and as director, corporate relations, for Nycomed.

CHICAGO—GolinHarris has named Ginger Porter as senior vice president and managing director of its Dallas and Houston offices. In her new role, Porter will manage operations, lead client accounts, drive new business endeavors, provide strategic counsel to clients and enhance staff development initiatives. Porter succeeds Gary Rudnick, now co-regional managing director for the U.S. Central Region. For the past five years with GolinHarris, Porter has grown the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Porter served as vice president of Springbrok Cohn & Wolfe, and as a limited partner and director of client services for McMann & Tate. 

TULSA, OK—Williams & Williams, a leading real estate auction company, has hired G.T. Bynum as its new director of corporate communications and public affairs. In this role, Bynum will direct all public relations, government affairs and community relations initiatives for the company. He will also assist the CEO with business development and charitable efforts. Bynum previously worked for Williams & Williams as corporate communications manager, spearheading a grassroots public relations campaign and spent the last year working as the director of communications for the Tulsa area chapter of the American Red Cross.

SAN DIEGO—Entropic Communications, a leader in home networking for digital entertainment, has added Susan Huberman for the newly created position of vice president of corporate marketing and communications. Huberman will lead the development of the company’s brand positioning and integrated communications strategy. Previously, she was founder and chief marketing officer of MOD Consulting, a strategic marketing firm serving growing companies. Prior to MOD, Susan was chief marketing officer for Iomega Corporation and VP of Marketing at Munchkin.

ATLANTA—Jackson Spalding has named Tamestrius McWhorter to oversee Human Resources. Prior to joining Jackson Spalding, McWhorter spent five years as the Human Resources Manager for Argyle Solutions, where she was responsible for recruiting, orienting and training new hires, and also redesigned the internal recruiting process. 

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