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Robin Chocolates Retains DStreet
April 9, 2014, 9:00 am
Filed under: Wins

Longmont-based artisan chocolate maker Robin Chocolates has retained DStreet to promote its products and recent recognition as an industry leader for its handmade chocolates and pastries.

SE2 Promotes Two to Principal
April 8, 2014, 8:21 am
Filed under: Jobs, SE2

SE2 has promoted Abbie Vacanti Kesner and Jill Hamilton to the position of principal. From SE2:

Jill Hamilton and Abigail Kesner have been with SE2 for four and three years, respectively. During this time they have managed significant integrated communications campaigns for public, nonprofit and private-sector clients. Their work has ranged from promoting public health to early childhood education to energy.

Great Moments in Journalism
April 8, 2014, 8:11 am
Filed under: journalism

The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune apparently has replaced all of its editors with 10-year-old boys:

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Ex-CEO of Patagonia Joins Backbone Media
April 8, 2014, 7:52 am
Filed under: Jobs

Former Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan has joined Backbone Media as a senior advisor. Backbone, which specializes in outdoor clients, has offices in Denver; Carbondale; and Jackson, Wyo. According to the Associated Press, “Sheahan lives in Carbondale and left Patagonia in February. At the time, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family, enjoy outdoor recreation in the area and help the fight against oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide.”

Lack of Research Gives Chili’s Black Eye in Autism Flap
April 7, 2014, 10:58 am
Filed under: Crisis Communications

Restaurant chain Chili’s is playing some defense after it apparently failed to conduct its due diligence before agreeing to support the National Autism Association, a non-profit group that has linked vaccinations to autism in some cases. Chili’s announced on its Facebook page that it has canceled the fundraiser that would have donated 10 percent of today’s proceeds to the NAA.

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Private Equity Firm to Acquire Vocus for $450M
April 7, 2014, 8:55 am
Filed under: Vocus

Private equity firm GTCR Valor Merger Sub Inc. is acquiring Vocus for nearly $450 million, according to Reuters. PR Week notes that this isn’t GTCR’s first attempt to get into the space – “GTCR has also been trying to acquire Stockholm-headquartered Cision since February.”

GM CEO Credited for Handling of Recall Crisis
April 4, 2014, 10:03 am
Filed under: Crisis Communications

When General Motors named Mary Barra its first female CEO three months ago, who knew the biggest hurdle she would likely face would be trying to undo the damage done by her predecessors? For all of her business acumen, it may simply be her likability and sense of trustworthiness that determines whether she survives.

Forbes, among many others, gives her credit for navigating the crisis with aplomb:

… Ms. Barra struck exactly the right tone: calm, in control, honestly sympathetic, yet not going to be pushed into a statement she did not want to make. She was unfailingly polite, and seemed dedicated to finding out the truth, and then to addressing it head-on. She did not grandstand nor was she flustered; she did not defer nor did she deflect the criticism, but she did stand up to her questioners when they were not clear, in a way that was neither angry, nor defensive, nor subservient.



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