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Roll Call: MWW, Murphy O’Brien, allen & gerritsen

MWW promoted Jennifer Little to the role of SVP/general manager of its Dallas office. Little joined MWW in 2012 after serving in VP/SVP roles at Ketchum and Edelman; she also worked as director of PR for Pizza Hut for nearly three years. The promotion follows MWW’s expansion into a new office space, and President/CEO Michael Kempner writes, “Over the past two years, Jennifer has played an important role in driving the growth of our Dallas office and she is the ideal person to help continue its expansion.” Little earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from the University of Texas, Austin, and a graduate degree in communication studies from Indiana State University. (Release)

Los Angeles firm Murphy O’Brien announced six new promotions led by the appointment of Laura Millett and Rachel Esserman to the position of vice president. Millet, who has a background in broadcast journalism, joined Murphy O’Brien after working on PR campaigns for travel clients at the The Zimmerman Agency (Omnicom); in her new role she will oversee multiple travel accounts while developing new business, working on strategy and driving branding efforts and awards initiatives. Esserman, a long-standing Murphy O’Brien employee, will also contribute to strategy while spearheading new business outreach and securing media placements for travel and real estate clients. The firm also promoted Ashley King to account director, Jen DeAngelis to digital media senior account executive, Kaitlin Novell to senior account executive and Marissa Girolamo to account executive.

Boston ad agency allen & gerritsen officially moved into the PR space, hiring Brenna Fitzgerald as director of PR and Ian Meropol as director of media relations. The move comes more than a year after the agency won attention from The New York Times by acquiring Philadelphia agency Neiman and its PR practice; the press release cites the agency’s “Brand Newsroom” as one of the primary reasons for the shift. Meropol joins a&g from Elevate Communications, where he handled media; Fitzgerald ran PR and marketing for Brightcove after serving as a managing supervisor at FleishmanHillard. a&g head of PR Tim Reeves writes, “Brenna and Ian are two remarkable Boston PR pros. They each had choices. [CEO Andrew Graff] and I are honored they chose a&g.”

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