People News in Brief (November 13, 2006)
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People News in Brief (November 13, 2006)

Hill & Knowlton has hired David Kyne as senior vice president in its New York healthcare practice. Kyne will be responsible for client strategy and growth initiatives and reports to AnnaMaria DeSalva, worldwide director of healthcare.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Hill & Knowlton has hired David Kyne as  senior vice president in its New York healthcare practice. Kyne will be responsible for client strategy and growth initiatives and reports to AnnaMaria DeSalva, worldwide director of healthcare, and joins the practice’s leadership team. Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton, Kyne was senior vice president at New York healthcare agency Chamberlain Communications, where he recently led the EU launch of Novartis’ Prexige. He previously spent five years with GCI Group and prior to his career in the U.S., spent more than three years with Dillon Consultants in Dublin, Ireland, serving major multi-national clients such as Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—David Mandt is joining the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions as vice president of communications. Mandt’s career in public relations began as a seasonal employee Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, N.C, where he later became manager of public relations and director of marketing. In addition to his work at Carowinds, Mandt also held positions at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio as well as at Paramount Parks’ corporate offices where he most recently was vice president of advertising and corporate communications.

CARLSBAD, CA—Michele Szynal, formerly director of brand communications for The Gillette Company and Proctor & Gamble, has joined Callaway Golf Company—which sells golf clubs and balls under the Callaway Golf, Top-Flite, Odyssey and Ben Hogan brands—as vice president, public relations. Szynal will oversee the Company’s overall strategic communications and brand publicity efforts. At Gillette’s she worked on several publicity programs, including those for the Gillette and Venus shaving brands.

HOUSTON—Energy provider Dynegy has promoted Norelle Lundy to vice president of investor and public relations. In her new role, Lundy will oversee communications with investors, as well as media relations, employee communications and community relations. She will report directly to Holli Nichols, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Lundy previously was managing director and assistant treasurer. She held finance and accounting positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Coca-Cola before joining Dynegy in 2002.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Widmeyer Communications has hired polling expert Doug Usher, who will serve as senior vice President for the firm’s growing research and polling practice. Usher comes to Widmeyer from the Mellman Group, where he served as vice president. Usher directed polling efforts for a number of high profile campaigns, including the re-elections of Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Steny Hoyer, as well as for John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

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