Roll Call: William and Kate, APCO Worldwide, Grace Blue, and More

The Royal Children and the Duchess of Cambridge have hired an American to handle their PR. More specifically, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry tapped Jason Knaus, previously head of PR at the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage their communications as their first stateside trip approaches. Knaus doesn’t begin until the new year, but we’d suggest that his first action should be moving to quash all those stories about the ridiculous dress code for journalists who want to interview the Brits. Our sister site Media Jobs Daily has some suggestions

APCO Worldwide chose the right time to make a big announcement: international president Brad Staples will assume the CEO role in January and founder/current CEO Margery Kraus will be executive chairman.

Two other changes will take place effective January 5th: Evan Kraus (that’s Margery’s son) will be the company’s president and managing director of operations while Neal Cohen will be vice chairman of the board and head of global client strategy. The elder Kraus writes, “Brad, Evan and Neal represent the very best of APCO – deep global perspectives, understanding of the changing communications landscape and commitment to providing the very best thinking to our clients.”

Global executive search firm Grace Blue announced the hiring of PR veteran Jennifer Attias as a partner based in its London office. Attias previously served as managing director of London-based agency ELAN UK, where she worked with clients like  L’Oréal, Clarins, Parker and Toshiba. Before that, she worked at ELAN’s Paris office, which was purchased by Edelman in September. In her new position, Attias will work to help ELAN identify “the next generation of leaders across the communications industry.”

Atlanta’s Calysto Communications announced the formation of a new subsidiary called Avante. The new venture will “operate as a stand-alone company,” and Calysto’s Chief Client Service officer Kristine Bennett will serve as president. Like Calysto, Avante will serve the “mobile, wireless and telecom industries” — but its offering will be considerably slimmer, focusing on clients with “an activity budget level of less than $4,000 per month.”

Susan Thiele, who most recently served as head of US Healthcare at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, joined Inventiv Health as an executive VP in its “its Chamberlain Healthcare PR and Shared Voice PR operations.” Theile held an SVP position with Inventiv before joining H+K, and in her new role she will be responsible for managing current clients and winning new business. (O’Dwyer’s)

Comms agency LDWWGroup of Dallas has become the second Texas company to join IPREX, a “global network of agencies,” after Laurey Peat + Associates. LDWW’s founders have worked for such agencies as Hill+Knowlton and Weber Shandwick, and the release tells us that membership in this still-exclusive group will give them the ability to “offer clients the resources of a large agency combined with the agility and service orientation of a world-class, mid-sized consultancy.” IPREX has more than 100 offices around the world.