People News in Brief (October 9 2006)
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People News in Brief (October 9 2006)

Edelman has named Mark Shadle, a 21-year veteran of the firm’s Chicago office, deputy president of the firm’s Central U.S. Region, which comprises the Chicago, Dallas, and Austin offices.

Paul Holmes

CHICAGO—Edelman has named Mark Shadle, a 21-year veteran of the firm’s Chicago office, deputy president of the firm’s Central U.S. Region, which comprises the Chicago, Dallas, and Austin offices.  Since 2001, Shadle has served as executive vice president, managing director, of the corporate affairs practice in Chicago, a 70-person team. He will continue to oversee the Chicago operation along with his other duties.

RALEIGH, NC—French/West/Vaughan has hired Carol Nix as director of new media and interactive marketing. Nix, who has run her own Raleigh-based design and interactive marketing firm, NIXdesign, for the past 14 years, will now be responsible for overseeing FWV’s newly created eMerging Media practice, which helps clients better understand, navigate and utilize new communications platforms.

PLANATION, FL—Useful Technology Corporation, maker of allAware Secure email and the Linxter Secure electronic communications platform, has named Candace Clemens has been named vice president of corporate communications. In the newly-created role, Clemens joins the company’s executive team to direct the development and execution of marketing strategy, and company and product communications activities to investors, media and end user audiences. Prior to joining Useful Technology, Clemens served as director of corporate communications at Progress Software. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of marketing and communication positions at Lotus Development Corporation and at Interleaf.

NEWBURYPORT, MA—Matter Communications, a public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in technology and business-to-business markets, has promoted Patty Barry, formerly senior vice president, to agency principal. Colleen Sheehan was promoted from vice president to senior vice president and Andy Meltzer was promoted from director to vice president. A founder of Matter Communications, Barry has held senior positions at GolinHarris, Hill & Knowlton, FitzGerald Communications and The Weber Group and has worked closely with clients in a wide range of industries, from enterprise hardware and software to consumer electronics.

DANBURY, CT—FuelCell Energy, a manufacturer of power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, has named Lisa Lettieri vice president of investor relations and corporate communications, responsible for enhancing  shareholder value, expanding its corporate public relations efforts, and internal communications. Before joining FuelCell, Lettieri was the vice president of investor relations for Champion Enterprises, one of the largest manufactured housing companies in the U.S., and director of corporate communications at Scientific Games Corporation.

LONDON—Michael Smith has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as vice president and media director. In his new role, he will supplement the activities of RPR’s professional staff in securing coverage in print, broadcast and online media coverage on behalf of all the agency’s clients. Smith comes to RPR from World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., where he was director of publicity, developing and pitching human-interest stories to secure national print, broadcast, radio and online placements for WWE talent and initiatives. Prior to that, he spent more than five years with Dan Klores Communications.

FLINT, MI—Sherry Forbes has been appointed chief marketing and communications officer for Citizens Banking Corporation. She will lead the marketing, corporate communications and product development and management efforts for the company. Forbes, who has more than 20 years of experience in banking, joins the company from SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, where she was previously a first vice president and senior strategy manager for the branch banking division of the retail line of business.

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