Roll Call: Dowd Joins Golin, Porsche Has a New PR GM, and More

Jim Dowd has joined GolinHarris as SVP of national media relations, reporting to New York MD Jennifer Cohan. He was previously a principal and MD of Middleberg Communications. Middleberg acquired Dowd’s firm, The Dowd Agency, in 2009.

Porsche Cars North America has appointed Steve Janisse as its PR GM, effective February 1. He will oversee media relations and PR, including product placements, internal comms and social media. Bernd Harling, the organization’s previous PR GM, will become principal communications counsel, a new position focused on raising awareness among key stakeholders in the company’s major markets. The press release announcing the changes includes a list of the company’s PR contacts.

Tracy McGraw has been named SVP of corporate communications at BET. She will be responsible for PR efforts and strategies behind the network’s series, specials. and  events. Prior to BET, McGraw was at VH1.

Conover Tuttle Pace has promoted Todd Graff to VP of PR, overseeing daily activities across industries, driving strategy, and directing account teams. He has been with the Boston-based firm for five years.

Burson-Marsteller has appointed Melissa Grigorieff Koomey to MD and head of the firm’s West Coast healthcare practice. She has 20 years of experience in a variety of areas including cardiometabolic and renal therapeutic areas. She will be based in the San Francisco office reporting to Helene Ellison, chair of the global healthcare practice. She was previously VP of marketing, IR, and corp comms at FibroGen, a biotech company.

Flowers Communications Group has a new president – Rashada Whitehead. She joined the firm in 2008 as MD. This is the 20th anniversary of the Chicago-based multicultural firm.