Roll Call: ‘Harper’s’, Edelman, Porter Novelli, and More

Jason Chupick. Photo: Steve Bartel

A congratulations to one of our own: PRNewser contributor Jason Chupick has been named VP of PR for Harper’s Magazine. In this role, he’ll be heading up traditional consumer and trade PR and work closely with web editor Jeremy Keehn on community development and management. Chupick reports to John R. MacArthur, the magazine’s publisher and president. Great news!

Karen van Bergen has joined Porter Novelli as senior partner and MD of the New York office, effective January 1. She previously served as the leader of OneVoice, an Omnicom offering from Fleishman-Hillard and Ketchum. To assume this role, van Bergen will be relocating from Amsterdam. She is replacing assistant MD Joe Russo who has been filling the role on an interim basis.

Michael Bush has left MSLGroup for Edelman. He joined MSLGroup in February, serving as VP and comms director for the firm. Prior to that he was a reporter for Ad Age and PRWeek. At Edelman, he’s VP of media relations.

Emanate has added two execs. Kristen Massaro joins as VP of social media leading digital initiatives across the spectrum of the firm’s clients. She joins from Maclaren, the baby buggy company, where she was director of social media. Bruce Ginsberg has also joined the firm as director, growth catalyst, a business development role. Ginsberg is a 20-year PR veteran.

Sad news to report: former PR Newswire EVP John Williams has died unexpectedly at the age of 66. Williams joined PR Newswire in 1986 as SVP of sales and marketing for the U.S. He introduced the interactive T-Button to press releases in 2001 and pressed for the company to enter China through a joint venture with Xinhua Financial Network, which became Xinhua PR Newswire. He began as a journalist, and spent nearly 25 years with PR Newswire.

Beth Conner has joined Makovsky + Company’s health practice as assistant VP. Conner previously worked in Edelman’s health group’s in Chicago and New York. Eliza Merves has also joined the health group as an account executive from Ogilvy. The firm has recently announced a number of new account wins and, according to a spokesperson, has retained all of its clients for the year.

Rachel Tobin will join Jackson Spalding’s communications team on December 5. Tobin is has been a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2008 and has served as president of the Atlanta Press Club. The firm has added seven to its Atlanta office across a range of titles and functions.