Matter Communications, a firm focused on the hi-tech and consumer markets, has acquired ThinkMedia Partners, a boutique PR, social media, and marketing agency. ThinkMedia founder Tim Hurley is now a Matter EVP. ThinkMedia staff members are also joining Matter. The combined company has offices in Newburyport, MA, New York, and Providence, RI. [via]

Brian Hague has joined MWW Group as VP of public affairs in the firm’s East Rutherford, NJ office. He has previously worked as a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger and served as chief of staff and director of comms for Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney. At MWW, he’ll be focused on crisis comms, issues management, and other related areas.

Andrew Gowers has been named director of external relations at the Association for Financial Markets, a European lobby organization whose members consist of European and U.S. banks. Gowers previously handled BP’s response to the Gulf oil spill and was the head of comms and brand management at Lehman Brothers during its collapse. [via]

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