Roll Call: Omnicom; GolinHarris; Worldcom; and more

Rita Rodriguez has been named EVP of Omnicom Group. In the newly created position, she will lead agency integration and innovation for PepsiCo. Previously, Rodriguez was CEO of Imagination, an experiential comms company.

GolinHarris has promoted Paul Patella to SVP of the corporate practice group in New York. He will provide corporate reputation counsel and media relations expertise to clients including Dow Chemical Company and MetLife.

David Grossman has been named president of Worldcom University, the redesigned education center for the Worldcom Public Relations Group. Worldcom University will be the learning center for the 1,800 employees at the group’s 107 partner firms internationally.

Brenda Pail-Ishikawa has been named SVP of MS&LGroup’s corporate and healthcare practices in Toronto. She has 20 years of experience and will help clients with real-time reputation management.

Fordham University’s news and media relations bureau has promoted four staff members:  Sydney Steinhardt to associate director of communications; Joseph McLaughlin to associate director of internal communications; Janet Faller Stassi to senior staff writer; and Gina Vergel as media relations coordinator.