ALBANY: Sawchuk, Brown Associates has strengthened its corporate and technology practice group with the hiring of Jo Ann LeSage as a senior counselor. Previously, LeSage was communications manager for Seton Health Systems. Before that, she served as a VP of communications and government relations for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.
ALBANY: Sawchuk, Brown Associates has strengthened its corporate
and technology practice group with the hiring of Jo Ann LeSage as a
senior counselor. Previously, LeSage was communications manager for
Seton Health Systems. Before that, she served as a VP of communications
and government relations for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of
SAN FRANCISCO: The City of San Francisco’s solid waste management
program has retained Davis & Associates to develop a three-year PR
campaign for its recycling and waste-reduction programs. It will target
both businesses and residences.
TAMPA: Tucker/Hall has named Bill Carlson to the new position of chief
operating officer. Carlson, who previously served as an SVP, returns
after completing a master’s degree at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy school
of government. He will oversee human resources within the agency while
continuing to work with clients in brand management, community relations
and public affairs.
ANDOVER, MA: Online investor community Raging Bull has appointed Tara
Burgess as manager of PR, a new post within the company. Burgess will
focus on marketing the Raging Bull brand following the firm’s receipt of
dollars 20 million in second-round financing several weeks ago.
Previously, Burgess was a senior AE at The Weber Group, San
CAMBRIDGE, MA: Online event directory and integrated e-mail scheduling
company AnyDay.com has named former Blanc & Otus account supervisor Jim
McManus as its first director of corporate communications. He will
handle all external communications targeted at the press and
LOS ANGELES: Ruder Finn Arts & Communications Counselors has hired
Cynthia Wornham as SVP and has charged her with directing its West Coast
operation. Wornham was the former manager of public affairs for the J.
Paul Getty Trust and Getty Center.
NEW YORK: Best Foods has hired Porter Novelli to manage publicity for
Hellmann’s salad dressings. PN has worked on similar campaigns for major
food brands Hershey, Kellogg’s and Dannon.
DEARBORN, MI: David Mengebier has been elected VP of governmental and
international affairs by CMS Energy, a Michigan-based utility firm.
Previously executive director of federal governmental affairs, Mengebier
will continue to lead the group’s DC governmental affairs office.
NEW YORK: Ernst & Young has lured 23-year Mercer Management Consulting
vet Robert Duboff away from his VP post to become director of national
marketing for its North American operations. He will be responsible for
all marketing strategies.
TROY, MI: Jon Lowell, former PR director of Burroughs Corp. (before it
merged with Sperry to become Unisys) has joined Eisbrenner Public
Relations as senior counsel. Lowell was most recently director of
communications for the North American subsidiary of German auto supplier
Mann + Hummel.