ATLANTA: Trevelino/Keller Communications Group has signed Air2Web and Asankya to its technology practice. Both companies have worked with the firm before. Air2Web is a provider of mobile technology and services; Asankya, an emerging company developed at Georgia Tech, provides seamless transport of real-time and two-way interactive content over IP networks.
ARLINGTON, VA: Jen Bemisderfer will assume the responsibility for environmental communications for the Consumer Electronics Association, effective March 10. Bemisderfer will retain her communications manager title, but will now be serving as the communications lead on issues like energy efficiency, electronics recycling and sustainability, and the myGreenElectronics.org initiative.
AUSTIN, TX: AMD has named Kristina Taylor PR manager, notebook platforms. She will work out of the Austin office. Taylor will be developing and directing a national and international communications, thought-leadership, and earned-media demand generation strategy for AMD notebook products and platforms, working with the launch of AMD’s new Puma platform. Previously, she was the manager of environmental communications for the Consumer Electronics Association.
Weaver appointed SVP at The Hartford
HARTFORD, CT: The Hartford Financial Services Group has appointed Connie Weaver to SVP of marketing and communications. Weaver will join the diversified financial services firm later this month. She will serve as a member of the company’s Office of the Chairman, and oversee the company’s brand management and advertising, executive and employee communications, and media and community relations functions. Previously, Weaver was EVP and CMO for BearingPoint, a management and technology consulting company. She will report to The Hartford’s chairman and CEO, Ramani Ayer.
WPP 2007 revenue totals $12.4B, PR up 8.2%
LONDON: WPP Group announced 2007 revenue of approximately $12.4 billion, up 13.6% from the previous year. Operating profit totaled approximately $1.6 billion, up 8.5%.
Public relations and public affairs accounted for 10.5% of total revenue and saw like-for-like growth in revenue of 8.2%. Profits rose 20%. Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Public Strategies, and the UK firms Finsbury and Clarion were cited by WPP as posting “particularly strong” results.
Interpublic reports profit up
NEW YORK: Interpublic Group, the company that owns PR agencies Golin/Harris, Weber Shandwick, and MWW Group, among others, reported on Friday that yearly revenue grew almost 6% to $6.6 billion. IPG did not break down revenues by discipline. Quarterly profit was three times higher than the same period a year ago. The company reported net quarterly income of $162.7 million, compared with $49.1 million a year ago. Quarterly revenue rose 5.6% to $1.98 billion.
Arketi adds Virtual Premise
ATLANTA: Virtual Premise, a provider of advanced real estate information management software, has selected Arketi Group as its AOR. The agency will develop new corporate positioning and implement demand generation and other marketing and PR programs.
Kekst and Beazley partner
CHICAGO: Kekst and Company has partnered with Beazley Group, an underwriter of liability insurance for major US law firms. The two businesses will work together to offer law firm clients reputation management advice in the event of a claim. The initiative is part of Beazley’s new overall approach to law firm risk management, where it partners with a range of specialist advisors to help law firms address the total economic cost deriving from malpractice lawsuits. Vulnerable areas include conflicts management, data management, and the actions of so-called rogue partners.
DPR promotes Barrish
NEW YORK: Dukas Public Relations has promoted Todd Barrish to EVP and general manager of the firm. Previously he was SVP. Barrish joined the firm two years ago and has since grown the technology practice from two to 15 accounts with annual gross billings of nearly $1.5 million.
Dudley to replace St. Peter for interim at FH Kansas City office
KANSAS CITY, MO: Warren Dudley, director of operations for Fleishman-Hillard’s Kansas City office, will serve as interim general manager until the company names a replacement for Anne St. Peter, who recently left the company to start her own business.
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