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Roll Call: Ketchum Pleon, Pepsi, Howard Consulting, and More

Marc Drechsler, who co-founded the Ketchum Pleon Financial group, is moving from Dusseldorf, Germany to NYC to beef up the firm’s financial comms strengths. Drechsler is an SVP of financial comms, and will join the international group led by Paul Cohen.  Prior to launching Pleon Financial, Dreschler worked with Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

Pepsi has had a number of comms leadership changes, O’Dwyer’s reports. Mark Dollins, SVP of comms at Pepsi Beverages, departed the company on April 1, and VPs Lynn Markley and Bernadette Wade have also stepped down from their posts. PRWeek also reports on a number of changes including Dick Detwiler‘s move from SVP of external media relations to SVP of internal comms, and Peter Land‘s move into Detwiler’s previous position.

Emily Passini has joined Howard Consulting Group as director of public affairs. She has more than a decade of experience, and will oversee the firm’s public affairs division. Passini was previously political director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

Today is Natalia Labenskyj final day with the ABC News media relations department. Labenskyj worked with ABC Digital as well as This Week and Nightline. No word yet on where she will be heading.

RIESTER has appointed Scott Morehead to the executive director of media position, overseeing the advertising and PR firm’s media department. He has previously worked at firm’s including Leo Burnett and BBDO.

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