NEW YORK: The Institute for Public Relations named Robert Grupp its president and CEO, effective July 1. Grupp, president of Grupp Global Partners and the 2008 president of the International Public Relations Association, replaces Frank Ovaitt. Grupp will shutter the consultancy he started last year before joining the group this summer, he said.
BOSTON: Health Dialog, a health support services company, named Elise Gemeinhardt-Burns a VP of government affairs, effective January 5. Gemeinhardt-Burns, a former VP of federal affairs for UnitedHealth Group, reports to Don Hawley, chief strategy officer for the Boston-based company.
TORONTO: American apparel retailer Brooks Brothers has selected APEX Public Relations as its AOR in Canada. The agency will handle national media relations for the spring and fall collections, as well as PR supporting the grand opening of the first Brooks Brothers location for Vancouver this May.
SEWELL, NJ: Hollywood Tans hired Oxford Communications as its AOR. The agency will handle branding, advertising, PR, and interactive for the company.
Snackbox donates services to Arts & Business Council of Chicago
CHICAGO: The Arts & Business Council of Chicago partnered with Snackbox for 2009. The agency will donate its services for the year and will handle strategic media relations outreach and consult on collateral development for the Council.
Antenna Group joins IPREX
ATLANTA: San Francisco-based clean tech and Internet communications firm Antenna Group has joined the IPREX global network of independent PR firms. IPREX has 62 partners with 84 offices all around the world.
Bridge Global Strategies opens a Toronto office
NEW YORK: Bridge Global Strategies, a New York-based boutique firm, opened a Toronto office on March 1, to help Canadian companies with their US PR needs. The Canadian office is being led by Jill Lewis, communications director for Bridge Global Strategies.
DeerTech hires Giles as AOR
PLEASANTVILLE, NY: DeerTech, a deer deterrent company, recently hired Giles Communications as AOR. The agency’s responsibilities will include driving Web site traffic, media outreach, and generating consumer awareness.
WASHINGTON: The Washington Nationals baseball team promoted Chartese Burnett to VP of communications and community relations. Burnett has worked with the team since its inaugural season in Washington in 2005, serving as VP of communications. In addition to her current responsibilities of developing, coordinating, and directing PR and community service activities for the team, Burnett is now tasked with launching and overseeing the Nationals’ minority outreach efforts.
KOA taps JMPR
BILLINGS, MT: Kampgrounds of America (KOA), a franchise of about 450 campgrounds across North America, recently hired JMPR for a brand awareness initiative. The agency was hired on a three-month basis with the option to extend the contract after that time, said Mike Gast, KOA VP of communications. JMPR and KOA recently worked together on a partnership with Airstream, a client of the agency.
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