News in Brief (December 21)
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News in Brief (December 21)

Connell Stafford, recently retired vice president of government and public affairs for The Coca Cola Company, has joined Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group as director of public strategies.

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ATLANTA— Connell Stafford, recently retired vice president of government and public affairs for The Coca Cola Company, has joined Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group as director of public strategies. Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group was formed in 2002 as a subsidiary of law firm Troutman Sanders. It has offices in Atlanta, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. In his new role, Stafford will share his federal, state and international expertise and insight with corporate clients across a wide variety of industries.

IRVINE— James Thomas has been named director of Jaguar communications. Thomas has been with Jaguar since 2000, most recently as communications manager in North America and previously in the same position with the brand’s Formula One racing team. Larry Rosinski, meanwhile, succeeds Bill Baker as director of Land Rover communications. Rosinski has been with the Land Rover organization since 2000 as market research manager.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Racepoint Group, the emerging technology public relations specialist launched earlier this year by former Weber Shandwick chief operating officer Marijean Lauzier, has added several new clients, including Curl Corporation, EchoMail, eDial, Poindexter Systems, TestQuest, and World Wide Packets.

BROOKLYN, NY—Fusia Advertising, a multicultural communications firm, has hired David Archer as director of public relations and publicity. Archer is the former public relations director of Historic Hudson Valley, the Big Apple Circus and senior marketing director with WWE. He will continue to serve as the marketing director of the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, one of the largest multicultural sporting events in the U.S.

ROSEMEAD, CA—Polly Gault has been elected vice president of public affairs for Edison International and Southern California Edison. Gault, who was formerly regional vice president, will be based in Washington, D.C. Gault joined Southern California Edison in 1997, having previously served as principal director and executive vice president of the Wexler Group.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The MWW Group has promoted Jonathan Alexander to vice president and Matthew Horn to director of federal affairs.  Prior to MWW, Alexander worked in the office of Congressional Affairs in the U.S. Customs Service, where he specialized in international trade, appropriations, seaport security, law enforcement issues, and helped write the Customs authorization and seaport security bills.

DENVER— Schenkein, one of the largest public relations firms in Denver, has added two new clients to its roster: Alberta Development Partners, TCF Bank and TRI-R Systems Corporation. Schenkein will support TCF Bank’s expansion in Denver and Colorado Springs through media relations and community outreach strategies. The agency will promote TRI-R to consumer and business customers by providing media relations and overall public relations support. TRI-R provides leading edge recycling and shredding services. For Alberta Development Partners, a real estate investment, acquisition and development firm of projects, Schenkein will provide media relations and overall public relations support for its latest development, Southlands, one of the largest retail, residential and commercial projects in Colorado.

BOSTON—Morrissey & Company has named James McManus as vice president. McManus has served as communications counsel to corporate executives at clients including Biogen, Vertex, Boston Scientific, Eastman Kodak, Trigen and Segue Software. An attorney and public relations professional, he has worked with clients on contentious, high profile litigation and crisis communications engagements. Prior to joining Morrissey & Company, McManus worked at Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

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