Jerry Griffin has been named GM of Bender/Helper Impact‘s New York office. Griffin started his career as a journalist and was most previously an SVP at Edelman.

The National Retail Federation has hired Katie Wilson as VP of comms, starting April 9. She’s currently the senior director of comms and strategy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. [via]

Vijay Lalwani has joined Bratskeir & Company to manage strategic development for the agency’s client list. Lalwani was previously director at PainePR’s New York office.

Blast! PR, which specializes in PR for the digital media industry, has named Lana McGilvray principal of the firm. She will work directly with clients and  has opened a blast! office in Austin, TX. She’ll also be helping to expand the firm’s New York presence. She was previously the VP of marketing at media technology company PulsePoint. [via]

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