'Skins hire first woman for hot seat

WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins, who have gone through more PR directors than coaches in the last few years, have named Michelle Tessier to the focal communications post. She is the first woman to hold the job in the legendary franchise's history.

WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins, who have gone through more PR directors than coaches in the last few years, have named Michelle Tessier to the focal communications post. She is the first woman to hold the job in the legendary franchise's history.

WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins, who have gone through more PR directors than coaches in the last few years, have named Michelle Tessier to the focal communications post. She is the first woman to hold the job in the legendary franchise's history.

Tessier is the fourth in a string of PR directors to work for the Redskins since communications entrepreneur Daniel Snyder bought the team from Jack Kent Cooke in 1998. She replaces Doug Green who was let go last year.

(Incidentally, the team has hired three coaches during Snyder's tenure: Marty Schottenheimer being the most recent appointee on January 4.)

Tessier's department is responsible for promoting player activities on and off the field, and for handling media relations, community relations and the Web site.

Tessier joined the Redskins in May 2000 as associate director of PR.

She worked for Snyder previously at Arnold Public Relations in Boston, a division of Snyder Communications that was later sold to Havas, the French communications firm.

Tessier is no stranger to the Washington, DC area. After graduating from Amherst College in 1995, she worked for Powell Tate (PT) as a special project assistant. Within a year she was moved to PT's New York City office where she managed media relations campaigns for hi-tech and financial services clients.

Snyder's personal PR will continue to be handled by Karl Swanson, senior vice president of corporate communications for the Redskins.



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