BLOOMINGTON, MN: Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office named Polly Ligon O’Grady VP of its technology practice. O’Grady joined the agency in 2000 and helped develop its crisis preparedness program for the dairy industry. Before joining WS, O’Grady was director of PR for Friendship Ventures.
Burns promoted to head of DC tech at HK
WASHINGTON, DC: Duncan Burns has been promoted to head the technology department for Hill & Knowlton’s DC office. In the newly-created position, Burns will manage a team of seven and work with a range of clients, including Qualcomm and eBay. He was previously an SVP in the group.
SAN FRANCISCO: SparkPR has opened an office in Cape Town, South Africa. The office is tasked with handling back-end PR to maximize client budgets and minimize response time. Clarissa Horowitz, senior director at Spark, is managing the new office from San Francisco. The agency also added several new media clients to its roster: Driverside, Mindjet, Slingshot Labs, Darkstrand, Playfish, WooMe, YouMail, and Spore.
SAN FRANCISCO: Racepoint Group appointed Caroline Kawashima and Tim Hart as SVPs in its San Francisco office. Kawashima joins Racepoint Group from Autodesk, where she was director of corporate communications. Hart is a veteran health and science communicator and former strategic director of communications at the American Cancer Society.
WASHINGTON, DC: Maureen Davenport, Hill & Knowlton’s US tech practice lead, is leaving the agency after nine years. Davenport, who was appointed director of the practice in April, is taking a post as head of communications for the National Association of Manufacturers. Joshua Reynolds, H&K’s global technology practice director, will take over as interim US tech practice lead.
Environics grows tech staff
TORONTO: Environics Communications added two new members to the agency’s Toronto office technology team. Nazia Khan has joined as a consultant and Nicole Tuschak as a senior consultant.
Dells launches Digital Nomads
ROUND ROCK, TX: Dell launched a new Web site last week called Digital Nomads, coinciding with the introduction of its new laptops. The company plans to use the site as a community forum to discuss the way laptops and other mobile devices have enabled telecommuting.
Burson names Doyle Kelly MD of tech practice
NEW YORK: Burson-Marsteller has appointed Laurie Doyle Kelly as a MD of its US technology practice, leading the East Coast team. She will be responsible for managing client service, new business development, and the overall growth of the East Coast technology team. Based in New York, Doyle Kelly will report to Jennifer Graham, global chair of Burson’s technology practice.
Strategic wins Epok business
SILVER SPRING, MD: Epok has selected the Strategic Communications Group as its AOR. As part of an integrated social media and business development campaign, Strategic will provide messaging, positioning, and content development services for a set of social media programs, including executive blog development and social network engagement. Strategic and Epok have also signed a lead referral agreement in which the agency will leverage contacts in its network to identify new business opportunities for Epok.
Mulberry opens SF office
SAN FRANCISCO: London-based Mulberry Marketing Communications is opening a new office in San Francisco to improve its media outreach for its North American clients, and to focus on the development of its technology PR practice. The new office is due to open September 2 and will be headed by Dan Brown, currently an account director at Mulberry London.
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