Groupon’s director of comms Bradford Williams has stepped down after only two months. According to Business Insider, there was some disagreement between Williams and CEO Andrew Mason over the way issues should be handled, one specific example being a “leaked” memo last week during the company’s pre-IPO quiet period. BI points out that Groupon has been taking some heat over business information revealed in the IPO paperwork.
One of Indianapolis’ major PR and advertising firms, Hetrick Communications, is closing at the end of September. Founded in 1994, president Bruce Hetrick said there simply wasn’t enough business to keep the doors open. Clients have included Indiana University and Atlas World Group. [via Indianapolis Business Journal]
Matt Sonefeldt has been named IR manager at LinkedIn, the first person to hold this in-house position at the newly-public company. He’ll report to CFO Steve Sordello. Sonefeldt is new to IR, but comes from Capital Research where he was a buy-side analyst. Marilyn Lattin, head of Investor Communications, an IR firm, handled investor relations during the company’s IPO. [via Inside Investor Relations]
Eric Villines has joined MWW Group as GM of the firm’s Seattle office and deputy head of the firm’s global tech practice. He’s been with the firm since 2006.
The National Association of Federal Credit Unions has appointed Karen Tyson to the SVP of marketing and communications effective September 1. She has a career spanning 20 years across a number of financial organizations, most recently as SVP of comms at the Independent Community Bankers of America.
IPREX, the international network of independent PR firms, has three new regional directors. Thor Erling Lund, head of the Norwegian firm Consilio and a college lecturer, will be the EMEA director. Cameron Blair, the new Asia Pacific director, is a journalist and photographer studying for his MBA and living in Southeast Asia. And Alaina Gjertsen, the Americas director, has a long career that spans around the world and across PR and academics, most recently at Continental Resources, an energy company.
Murray Seeger, former publicist and spokesperson for the AFL-CIO, the IMF, and other organizations, has died at the age of 82. He suffered from pneumonia. He began as a journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and went on to report on labor issues and economics for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He retired in 1994. [via Washington Post]