KENILWORTH, NJ: Schering-Plough (SP) has made Ken Banta, former head of strategic communications for Pharmacia, part of its full-time internal communications team. Previously, Banta was working on a consulting basis to help CEO Fred Hassan, also formerly of Pharmacia, formulate messages (see June 9 story at www.prweek.com). The new senior advisor of corporate affairs will report to SP's legal head Joe Connors, EVP and general counsel.
ROCHESTER, NY and SEATTLE: Eastman Kodak has promoted Stephen Ciccone as director and VP of public affairs. Ciccone will oversee state, federal, and international government relations, and will report to Michael Benard, VP and director of communications and public affairs. Ciccone replaces Sandra Taylor, who has joined Starbucks Coffee as SVP of corporate social responsibility. Taylor replaces Dave Olsen, the company's first leader of its CSR department. Olsen will retain his responsibilities as SVP of culture and immersion. Taylor will report to Starbucks president and CEO Orin Smith.
WASHINGTON: Rich Masters, former policy and communications director for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), has joined Qorvis Communications as a managing director. Prior to joining Landrieu's 1996 campaign, Masters was a reporter for stations in Louisiana, Illinois, and Iowa, and in 1992 was a finalist for the Livingston Foundation award for Best Young Journalist in America.
WASHINGTON: Sixty PR executives from the PRSA's National Capital Chapter (NCC) who own or operate independent practices in the DC metro area have formed IPRA, a network providing senior-level communications expertise and "white-glove service"
at affordable pricing. Membership is open to any independent NCC member with fewer than three employees.
SAN FRANCISCO: Aaron Heinrich is leaving MS&L to join OutCast Communications as a VP. Heinrich served as an SVP and co-director of MS&L's hi-tech practice. Bill Orr, MD of MS&L's San Francisco office, said he intends to fill Heinrich's position, as MS&L's tech practice is handled by each office, not a centralized practice leader.
WASHINGTON: Naomi Munson, formerly an SVP at Powell Tate (PT), has joined the Brunswick Group as a senior associate partner. Before joining PT, Munson worked as a columnist at The Washington Times and as an assistant editor at Newsweek.
SAN FRANCISCO: David Kellis, former director of client services at Graham & Associates, has joined Edelman as a VP in its San Francisco office. Kellis will lead
the office's consumer brand group, as well as help the office's leadership team develop new business. Before Graham & Associates, Kellis worked at Burson-Marsteller for five years in San Francisco and New York.
WASHINGTON: Cincinnati-based HSR Business to Business has opened an office in DC to focus on the aerospace, defense, and homeland security industries. Current clients include GE Aircraft Engines, a global manufacturer of aerospace technology; Flight Options, a fractional jet-ownership corporation; and Makino, a manufacturer of machinery for the production of structural and turbo aerospace components.
Morris Township, NJ: Reid Walker has become VP of communications for Honeywell's specialty materials business unit. He'll report to the unit's CEO, as well as to Honeywell VP of corporate communications Tom Buckmaster. Walker joins Honeywell after working at GE's eCommerce division.
Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota's Design Institute has selected The Maccabee Group to handle regional and national public relations.