Haliburton taps Mann to oversee PR

HOUSTON: Halliburton, one of the most politically charged and controversial corporate brands in the world, has a new head of communications.

HOUSTON: Halliburton, one of the most politically charged and controversial corporate brands in the world, has a new head of communications.

Wendy Hall, the company's former director of communications, resigned in April "in order to spend more time with her family," the company said. Hall joined Halliburton as its global PR manager in 2000.

Cathy Mann has filled the director of communications position, widely considered to be one of the most challenging corporate communications jobs in America.

Mann told PRWeek via e-mail that she joined Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root (now known as KBR) in 1992 after receiving a degree in journalism at Texas A&M University. She moved to Halliburton itself in 2004.

"I have held various communications and human resources management positions in the company, with global work experience and the Middle East," wrote Mann. She described the scope of her new role as "[overseeing] public relations, community relations, and employee communications."

Follow-up requests for information about Mann's plans for her new position were not returned before press time.

Halliburton currently has six corporate communications contacts stationed in the US, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

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