February 03, 2014

Exclusive: Former Bush administration aide Ditto Hangs a Shingle

Ditto Publi Affairs logoTrey Ditto, a former Deputy Press Secretary in the Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Education, launched his own firm, Ditto Public Affairs (DPA), based in Brooklyn, NY.

DPA will serve various clients in the health care, financial services, technology, entertainment, legal and public policy industries.

Trey was formerly a V.P. with Emanate PR.

Joining him is Nicolle Gallo, who joins from the public affairs team at Edelman in D.C.  Previously she worked for Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), the New Jersey Republican State Committee and Governor Chris Christie's (R-NJ) gubernatorial campaign in communication roles.  (PF tipster)

January 16, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Qorvis’ Reid Moving to NYC for IAVA

55733_10151156456817515_2046344087_oAfter three years on international flights advising clients in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, Qorvis Communications Partner John Reid is heading from DC to New York City to become Chief Communications Officer for The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA).

The not-for-profit advocacy group focused on the newest generation of veterans is rapidly expanding its national outreach and membership. Reid, 43, is former communications director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and then-U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) and as VP at the infancy of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC with founder Matt Mackowiak.

Reid is known to many from his time as President of the Senate Press Secretaries Association and previously spent 10 years as a Richmond, VA television news anchor. Recently he’s volunteered as an advisor to groups seeking GOP Congressional votes for the passage of ENDA legislation.

Reid starts work in New York next week.

He s a graduate of Baylor University and a native of Richmond.  (PF tipster)

February 12, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Buzzfeed, Press Manager (NYC)

BuzzFeed_logoBuzzFeed is seeking an aggressive, hard-working, experienced Press Manager to join our editorial team in New York. The person will be responsible for promoting reporters, editors and content focused on entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle and pop culture — but should also be a generalist who's able to grow with our expanding editorial team. The role will report to the Press Director and work closely with the Executive Editor. 

This job is based in our NYC offices, and offers competitive compensation and a stock option program.

Responsibilities

  • Bring significant rolodex of lifestyle/entertainment TV producers and reporters and use contacts to expand BuzzFeed lifestyle press coverage
  • Manage press for entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle and pop culture sections to promote content and editors/reporters, focusing on TV
  • Work with Events Coordinator on company and entertainment and vertical-centric events
  • Work with Events Coordinator on panels and industry events 

Qualifications

  • Strong editorial sensibility
  • Proven ability to pitch and secure placements at major media outlets
  • Excellent organization skills and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Accessibility after hours and on weekends
  • 4 - 6 years experience in PR and preferable media PR 

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

January 24, 2013

Christie, Senior VP of Corp Comms for New York Times Company, Departs as Position is Eliminated

Robert ChristieRobert Christie, the senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company since 2010, has departed as his position was eliminated.  He joined NYT from the Wall Street Journal.

Eileen Murphy, the vice president of corporate communications, will lead the communications department.  (NYT’s Media Decoder blog)

March 14, 2012

Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Siewert Name Global Head of Corporate Communications for Goldman Sachs

Jake SiewertFirst reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” John F. W. Rogers, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Goldman Sachs, released an announcement in an internal memo the news that Jake Siewert has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Communications.

Jake served as Counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 2009 to 2011, during which time he advised the secretary and also acted as his liaison to the business community.  From 2001 to 2009, Jake worked at Alcoa.  From 1993 to 2001, Jake held several positions in the Clinton administration, including serving as White House Press Secretary.  He began his career in Washington in 1991 as Communications Director for the Democratic Governors Association.

He is a 1986 graduate of Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in the Humanities.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)

February 12, 2012

Former Boxer Aide Ravitz Departs NY Dept of Ed for News Corp

Natalie RavitzFirst reported by PolitickerNY, "New York Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that Natalie Ravitz, the Communications Director for the New York City Department of Education (DOE), left her positition Feb. 10 to take a job at News Corporation as Chief of Staff to Rupert Murdoch.

"Ravitz marks the second high profile poaching of a DOE staffer by News Corp. Last year, Mr. Walcott’s predecessor, Joel Klein, left to head up a new education division at the media conglomerate.

"Ravitz came to the New York City Department of Education after serving as Communications Director U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)."

Ravitz holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics.  (PolitickerNY & PF reporting)

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