August 10, 2015

Margaritis Joins Hilton Worldwide as Executive VP of Corporate Affairs

Bill MargaritisHilton Worldwide today announced that William Margaritis will become the company’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs starting in late August, based in the company’s global headquarters in McLean, VA. Margaritis previously served for 15 years as Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Investor Relations at FedEx Corporation.

At Hilton, Margaritis will oversee internal and external communications, government relations and corporate responsibility globally. He will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide and will serve as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Margaritis comes to Hilton with 33 years of experience, having managed various facets of corporate and marketing communications, government affairs, investor relations and employee communications.  At FedEx, Margaritis led the strategic repositioning and rebranding communications programs for the company through an integrated customer and employee campaign.  He was also the architect of the Purple Promise, an award-winning internal cultural employee engagement multimedia initiative to create a common rallying platform for 300,000 team members across multiple operating companies around the world.  Margaritis implemented innovative strategic reputation programs that helped FedEx consistently earn top-tier rank in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and Great Places to Work lists. 

Prior to FedEx, he served as Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing Communications for Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia at Bechtel Corporation, based in London, UK. Previously he was the Manager for State Government Affairs for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and also served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department in the Reagan Administration.  Margaritis began his career as a legislative assistant in the Michigan Senate and also served as the deputy director for the Reagan-Bush 1984 Presidential Campaign in Michigan.

He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in Business from Michigan State University and is a past chairman of the board of the Arthur W. Page Society, the professional association of chief communications officers.  (Release)

May 12, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Microsoft, Senior Public Relations Manager (Washington, DC)

Microsoft logoThe Public Affairs and Citizenship PR team drives Microsoft’s communications across all public policy, legal and citizenship topics. We are seeking a Sr. PR Manager to join our public affairs team focused on telling our story to US government and public policy audiences through media relations, events, social media outreach and other tactics. This role reports to the Senior Public Relations Manager (DC) and is based in DC.

The role of Sr. PR Manager will also help support new and existing initiatives at the federal level, as described below.

> PR engagement and support of increasingly key topics at the Federal and state level, including STEM education, innovation, immigration, privacy and security and patents especially in relation to economic growth and job creation;

> PR coordination and issue management with the USGA federal and state teams, US Public Sector, US subsidiary communications team and others as appropriate on national political/policy topics that arise on the state level. Potential areas of collaboration include Citizenship programs and education policy initiatives to promote computer science education;

> PR build-up of social media tools and other “marketing” initiatives to support the USGA team, including showcasing the DC Innovation & Policy Center and materials to support Federal outreach efforts;

> PR engagement and support of Microsoft activities relating to the 2014 and 2016 election cycles; and

> Serve as a partner across company to increase understanding of national political and public policy issues and provide communications guidance to other divisions on ways to achieve Microsoft goals in this environment.


The successful candidate for this position has 6+ years of experience in communications targeted to the Federal level, particularly Capitol Hill. Experience working in the Executive Branch, political campaigns, think tanks/advocacy organizations and public relations firms are a plus.

He or she will have excellent written and speaking skills, a proven track record of implementing communications strategies to advance advocacy positions in collaboration with diverse teams, and a bachelor’s degree from a four year university or college.

TO APPLY: Visit here --  (PF tipster)

March 17, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: New York Knicks’ D-League Franchise, Director, Marketing & Public Relations (White Plains, NY)

New York Knicks logoThe Director, Marketing & Public Relations is responsible for driving the strategy and execution on all external messaging, inclusive of internal and external marketing channels, game day event presentation, public relations outreach, and community relations partnerships and initiatives.

The Director will lead the development of the D-League team’s overall brand positioning and brand campaign, theme nights and promotions along with provide creative direction on all print, radio, television, and electronic materials. This position will also serve as the day-to-day team media relations contact and will be responsible for all game presentation elements, game day media needs and the coordination of the game day staff.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have knowledge of marketing concepts and specifically sports marketing concepts. Excellent communication, organizational, and relationship building skills a must.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

December 17, 2013

AP National Political Editor Sidoti is new BP Head of Communications

Liz SidotiLiz Sidoti, who has spent nearly the last 15 years with the Associated Press, most recently as National Political Editor, will join BP as Head of Communications, within the new Communications and External Affairs team, effective December 31.

A native of Kent, Ohio, Sidoti joined the AP in Cincinnati in 1999, and spent four years covering the Ohio Statehouse. Before AP, she reported for The Columbus Dispatch, The Repository in Canton, Ohio, and the Record-Courier in Portage County, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Ohio University.  (PF tipster)

August 13, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Chlopak, Leonard, Schecter & Associates (CLS), Associate

CLS logoChlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates (CLS) is looking to hire an energetic, hardworking and organized individual for an opening at the entry-level Associate position. Candidates should ideally have internship/work experience in journalism, public relations, public affairs or politics.

The right candidate will have a passion for communications and public affairs, the ability to effectively juggle a range of tasks and excellent attention to detail. The Associate position’s responsibilities include writing persuasive materials, conducting research, media pitching, and presentation development.  This person will also be expected to think strategically and grasp complex issues across multiple and varying clients. Along with account work, the Associate will also be expected to provide some administrative support. Experience with social media, Wordpress and HTML is preferred.

Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates is a highly regarded mid-sized communications/public relations firm that focuses on public affairs, corporate, international, and crisis communications. CLS has a roster of clients that includes Fortune 100 companies, leading trade associations, non-profits and international organizations. CLS offers a competitive salary, and health and retirement benefits.

For more information, visit our web site at

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to and indicate you are applying for the “Associate” position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

July 29, 2013

Cunningham Leaving Shirley & Bannister to Return to Capitol Hill

Jameson CunninghamJameson Cunningham announced to friends on Friday that he was returning to Capitol Hill to serve as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), effective Aug. 1.

Cunningham joined Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs (SBPA) as an Account Executive in 2010, where he coordinated media for the Susan B. Anthony List, Movieguide, and the Traditional Values Coalition, as well as book promotion for authors like Judge Andrew Napolitano and former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  Previously, he served as Press Secretary to U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI).

He is a native of the Chicago area and a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.  (PF tipster)

July 22, 2013

Keil Departing Purple Strategies for ExxonMobil in Dallas

Dick KeilPolitico’s Mike Allen reports that Dick Keil is leaving Purple Strategies to move to Dallas to join ExxonMobil as Senior Adviser for Global Public Affairs.

According to Allen, “he joins the world's largest corporation (by revenue) after nearly seven years in media consulting, and, prior to that, a 20-year career at AP and Bloomberg.  Joining him in Dallas will be his fiancée, Hillary DeParde. His proposal to Hillary occurred on June 21, in Dallas, the night before they went on their first house-hunting trip.” (Politico’s Mike Allen)

April 08, 2013

REMAINDERS: Items we missed

Some recent items of interest Sorry we missed youthat we missed:

  • Longtime Democratic flack Nu Wexler has joined Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications as Vice President of Public Affairs.  Wexler was most recently Communications Director for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).  He also previously led communications for the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. (Politico’s “Huddle”)
  • Jerri Ann Henry has moved to Widmeyer Communications, where she is a digital media expert and digital account lead on the higher education and public affairs team.  Henry previously worked at JDA Frontline, Ed Gillespie Strategies and the Hawthorn Group.  (Politico’s “Influence”)
  • Departing DCI Group, Catherine Gatewood is the new Communications Director for Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY).  She’s a Kentucky native.  (Politico’s “Influence”)
  • Recently the Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (majority), Leslie Phillips, departed to become Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications for FairWinds Partners, a small IT consultancy specializing in domain name management and internet governance.  (PF tipster)

April 07, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Senior Manager, Internal Communications - Global Talent (Mountain View, CA)

LinkedIn logoJob Description

We’re currently seeking an experienced Senior Manager of Internal Communications to primarily support the Global Talent Organization (GTO) and strategic projects. This role helps to ensure that LinkedIn employees are well informed about the company’s talent/HR programs and offerings, feel connected to the strategy, and are inspired to do their best every day. This position reports to the Head of Internal Communications, and is a member of the global Corporate Communications team.

The ideal candidate has proven communication and relationship-building skills, the ability to be strategic and to execute, great instincts, brilliant ideas, and a knack for connecting the dots. They must be at ease working with execs and virtual teams; have a good understanding of different cultural nuances; and able to demonstrate a track record for developing and implementing innovative internal communications and related programs that help drive business results, build culture, and inspire employees – preferably for a global organization. Knowledge of current internal communication approaches and tools for talent communications is also important for this role.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage, and execute global internal communication strategies and plans that support LinkedIn’s aspirational “best on planet” talent practices and programs, including: recruiting, performance management, learning & development, bi-annual pulse survey, total comp and benefits, among others.
  • Partner with GTO to develop consistent messaging and relevant approaches for talent organization/communications worldwide.
  • Write, edit, and produce a wide variety of internal communication materials for various voices and global audiences in diverse job functions via multiple channels (e.g., email, toolkits, FAQs, video scripts, presentations, etc.).
  • Provide communication support for various employee engagement and culture programs and events; company meetings; M&A activities; and strategic projects.
  • Develop and manage communication channels and materials for informing and engaging people managers globally.
  • Identify, draft, and curate employee stories from across the organization that will help to reinforce the talent brand and company culture internally and externally.
  • Proactively identify internal communication opportunities at the company, make recommendations, and develop supporting programs/materials.
  • Create and maintain mechanisms for gathering feedback from leaders and employees to measure communication effectiveness.
  • Advise and support business leaders in developing various employee communications, presentations, and programs.
  • Build strong working relationships with business leaders, internal clients, and colleagues across
    the company and at all levels.

Relevant Experience, Education and Skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of internal communications experience, preferably supporting talent/HR initiatives (global and/or technology company experience preferred)
  • Extensive experience developing and executing measurable, multi-channel, internal communication strategies that include traditional and social media
  • Outstanding writing, editing, and verbal communication skills; able to understand complex material and translate to various audiences
  • Strong attention to detail and high expectations for quality
  • Solid business acumen
  • Strategic, energetic, self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and team orientation who thrives in a fast-paced and unstructured, deadline-oriented environment; able to scale
  • Well-developed project management and decision-making skills; able to execute multiple high-quality communication programs simultaneously with speed, accuracy, and efficiency
  • Must be creative, innovative, proactive, collaborative, flexible, a quick study, and have a great
    sense of humor
  • Flexibility to travel and work outside of standard office hours as necessary

Leadership Competencies:

  • Must be able to work independently and accomplish projects with little supervision
  • Must have outstanding organizational and prioritization skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Able to influence others in order to create alignment and achieve business results
  • Possess a high degree of integrity, tact, and sense of confidentiality
  • Demonstrate good judgment at all times
  • Building and maintaining relationships is critical to this position

TO APPLY: Visit this page.  (LinkedIn website)

February 07, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: NRCC Flack Sillin Joining Visa, Moving to San Francisco

Nat SillinThis afternoon NRCC regional press secretary Nat Sillin told friends and colleagues that he is leaving Washington after nearly a decade to join Visa’s public affairs team.

His last day is expected to be February 16 and he will be moving to the Bay Area, although he says he will be traveling to DC frequently for work.

Sillin had served on Capitol Hill as Communications Director for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) and for a PR firm.

He is a graduate of the University of Vermont.  (PF reporting)

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