ARLINGTON, VA: The Biotechnology Institute tapped Environics Communications to promote the Sanofi-Aventis International Biogeneius Challenge for high school students, starting in February. The project will end in May, when the competition concludes at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention in Atlanta. Environics was hired earlier this year to provide communications support for the convention.
LOS ANGELES: Leigh Fazzina has joined broadcast and new media PR firm On the Scene Productions as VP of business development. Fazzina, who comes with 15 years of healthcare PR and digital PR experience, will be responsible for expanding the firm’s healthcare practice and social media offerings. She reports to Ben Garrett, OTSP’s executive producer and healthcare practice leader.
NEW YORK: Public Relations Organisation International (PROI), a network of independent PR firms, has added Gibbs & Soell to its list of partners. PROI has more than 50 partners around the world. Gibbs & Soell is headquartered in New York with offices in Raleigh, NC, Chicago, and Zurich.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: MWW Group partnered with Maryland-based Paratus LLC, a crisis management consultancy, to offer a new service to help clients facing a crisis. The service, called C3Ready, will integrate operations and communications. Matthew Rose, EVP at MWW Group, said the agency became associated with Paratus through its work with JetBlue. The service is aimed at the manufacturing, transportation, and government sectors.
DETROIT: Toyota Motor Sales USA, the distribution and marketing arm for the company in the US, recently named Curt McAllister Midwest regional manager of corporate communications. He will run the region’s corporate communications office, which has oversight of PR and media relations for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion in 14 states. Previously, McAllister was Midwest product news manager.
Taleo selects WS as AOR
SAN FRANCISCO: Taleo, provider of software-as-a-service talent management solutions, has chosen Weber Shandwick as its AOR. WS will provide media relations support and overall strategic counsel.
The Dowd Agency expands with new clients
NEW YORK: The Dowd Agency added three clients as AOR within the past two months, including two Web startups: shustir.com and eDivvy.com. It also signed work with several companies on a project basis, including MTV, IFC, and Animal Planet.
SEATTLE: David Patton, former senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, joined Waggener Edstrom as editor-in-chief of WE Studio D, effective March 25. He is managing content for WE clients at the agency’s digital group. Patton also previously worked as both assistant managing editor and editorial director of the Journal’s online edition. He is based in the agency’s Seattle office.
NEW YORK: PR Newswire (PRN) laid off less than 2% of the company’s US headcount of 750 on March 30 as part of a company reorganization, according to Rachel Meranus, VP of PR for the company. She declined to specify which areas or positions were impacted, but said the company is still hiring based on its future business needs, particularly its emphasis on technology development.
“We did eliminate some positions, but we’re replacing them with some that are better suited for what we need to drive business forward,” she said.
Last fall, PRN cut 25 positions as part of larger cuts implemented by its parent company United Business Media (UBM).
LIVINGSTON, NJ: , USA Today, Huffington Post, and AARP Bulletinare among the highest-ranked media outlets in their respective categories, according to BurrellesLuce’s 2009 Top Media Outlets: Newspapers, Blogs, Consumer Magazines, and Social Networks.
BurrellesLuce has compiled the 25 busiest social networks, 25 most popular English-language blogs, 25 largest US consumer magazines, and 100 leading daily newspapers. Among those outlets making inroads on the rankings are , TMZ, and O, The Oprah magazine.
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