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September 10, 2013

Gartman to Head Chandler Chicco DC Office

Heather GartmanGlobal health communications agency Chandler Chicco named Heather Gartman as its DC lead.

Gartman has more than twenty years of experience in public relations and marketing communications for healthcare clients including patient advocacy groups, medical societies, trade associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and non-profits.  She has broad experience in crisis and issues management, advocacy relations, creation and management of public education campaigns, and pharmaceutical brand and corporate public relations.

Heather joins from Ruder Finn where she opened and oversaw the DC office, and focused on new business development and strategic oversight for many of the firm’s healthcare brands.  Prior to Ruder Finn, Heather served as managing director and head of healthcare for Zeno Group in DC for seven years.  Her other agency experience includes Euro RSCG and Earle Palmer Brown. In the public sector, Heather has consulted for many government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services and State.  (PF tipster)

September 03, 2013

Former RNC Communications Director Francis Joins JDA Frontline

Trevor FrancisFirst reported in Politico’sPlaybook,” by Mike Allen, “Trevor Francis, a veteran communications strategist, has joined JDA Frontline as an Executive Vice President and Managing Partner.

Francis joins the firm from FleishmanHillard where he was a senior vice president and partner of public affairs.

Previous roles include serving as Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, and Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

JDA Frontline includes Kevin Sheridan, Ann Marie Hauser, Adam Temple and Bill McQuillen.

He is a native of Montville, NJ.  (Politico “Playbook”)

JOB OF THE WEEK: Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Producer (New York)

On the Record with GretaFox News Channel seeks a New York-based Producer for “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.”


  • Prior television experience producing segments, editing packages, researching and booking guests for live news programs.
  • Line Producing and control room experience required.
  • A successful candidate will be an aggressive, self-starter who can interact with high profile talent and all-level guests.
  • Also required: great communication skills, creative and “out of the box” thinking, competitive edge, someone who can multi-task, has a terrific attitude, can lead and works well with a team.

Duties include but not limited to: Producing segments, script writing, idea generation, talent relations, editing packages, booking guests, writing packets, producing reporter hits, in-depth research, networking, producing graphics, line producing, field producing on occasion and pitching stories.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (Mediabistro)

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