WHIPPANY, NJ: Gilbert, Whitney & Johns has named Miguel Gonzalez as its VP of ethnic marketing, a role in which he will direct the firm’s ethnic PR and event-marketing groups. He has also been charged with generating new business in the category. Past and present ethnic marketing clients for GW&J include Western Union, Exxon and GPU Energy.
WHIPPANY, NJ: Gilbert, Whitney & Johns has named Miguel Gonzalez as
its VP of ethnic marketing, a role in which he will direct the firm’s
ethnic PR and event-marketing groups. He has also been charged with
generating new business in the category. Past and present ethnic
marketing clients for GW&J include Western Union, Exxon and GPU
LOUISVILLE: Humana has named Dick Brown as its new director of corporate
communications. Formerly executive director of the Kentucky Association
of Health Plans, Brown has also been public affairs manager at Humana
and a broadcast journalist.
PROVIDENCE: John Pontarelli has returned to The RDW Group as SVP of
account services. After leaving in 1991, he served as director of
corporate policy and director of external relations for Philip Morris,
and MD of Burson-Marsteller’s NY corporate practice.
MINNEAPOLIS: David Speer, co-founder of Padilla & Speer (now Padilla
Speer Beardsley) and former Minnesota commissioner of trade and economic
development, died August 14 at the age of 72. While he spent most of his
career in PR, he devoted much time to charity, serving as chairman of
the North Star chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was also an
honorary consul for Finland.
NEW YORK: Danskin, supplier of women’s dancewear and activewear, has
chosen Rainbow Media to publicize an expanded brand effort and an
e-commerce debut. The firm is now headed by former Liz Claiborne
accessories chief Carol Hochman.
CAMBRIDGE, MA: FitzGerald Communications has added partner relationship
management application firm ChannelWave Software to its client roster.
ChannelWave, which bagged dollars 6.5 million in second-round venture
capital funding in May, was represented formerly by Harpell/Martins
(Maynard, MA). Account director Doreen Maciak will lead the team.
CHICAGO: Nancy Hobor has been named VP of communications and investor
relations, a new position at WW Grainger. She will oversee brand
communications, internal and external communications and IR at the
dollars 4.3 billion maintenance supply firm. She was previously head of
PR at Morton International.
NORWALK, CT: Internet career site 6FigureJobs.com has named DKB &
Partners as its lead PR and advertising agency. Founded in 1998, the
company offers online recruitment services for senior executives.
IRVINE, CA: Nelson Communications Group has named broadcast veteran Art
Navarro as VP. Since 1989, Navarro has worked as a broadcast journalist
covering Southern California. He will manage Latino outreach and media
NEW YORK: BSMG Worldwide has promoted three senior execs. Gail Heimann,
head of the NY consumer marketing practice, has been named partner and
chief creative officer. Chris Broderick, formerly head of the business
marketing practice, becomes a principal, as does Rene Mack, who will
also take responsibility for its travel and lifestyle practice.