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Roll Call: H+K Strategies, Rubenstein, HvM and Lawrence

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hired veteran Lisa Cradit as SVP/corporate advisory practice leader in its New York office. Cradit has worked in strategic communications for more than two decades; she most recently served as director of public relations and communications at First Reserve, an energy-focused private equity firm. Before that, she spent 17 years in the tech industry–a stint that included comms positions at L-1 Identity Solutions, Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting) and boutique tech product agency Fitzgerald Communications (now an Omnicom company).

Claire Koeneman, interim general manager of H+K’s New York office and head of the firm’s U.S. financial communications practice, said that Cradit’s extensive “hands-on experience” will be “a tremendous asset to our clients – and to her new colleagues.”

Rubenstein Public Relations hired Jodie Thomas and Kristie Galvani as vice presidents. Thomas most recently served as associate VP of entertainment at 5W PR, where she managed press campaigns for artists ranging from Irish group Clannad to The Wiggles (yes, those Wiggles) and clients as disparate as Broadway.com and D’Angelico guitars. Before joining 5W, Thomas worked as director of PR Decca/Universal Music Group. In her new role, Thomas–a College of Charleston graduate–will execute and develop campaigns for clients in RPR’s entertainment division.

Galvani previously worked as EVP at HMJT PR, serving clients across business sectors. As VP at RPR, she will handle accounts within the firm’s lifestyle division, raising brand awareness for such clients as BioHitech America, Experian Marketing Services and more. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Mass Communications with a special focus on Public Relations and Advertising.

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H+K Strategies Working with Best Buy After CEO Resignation

A sharp-eyed tipster saw this story on the Bloomberg site in which a spokesperson from Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Claire Koeneman, the firm’s EVP and head of the financial comms practice, responded to questions about the abrupt resignation of Best Buy’s CEO Brian Dunn. Koeneman was named H+K’s financial practice lead back in June.

We contacted H+K about the story and while the agency confirmed that it is working with the troubled consumer electronics retailer following the CEO’s departure, it wouldn’t give any further detail.

When Dunn’s resignation was first announced, the company said it was due to the need for new leadership. However, now the media is reporting that there’s an investigation into his “personal conduct.”

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Koeneman Appointed Head of H&K’s Financial Practice

Claire Koeneman has been named EVP and U.S. leader for Hill & Knowlton financial comms practice. Koeneman previously spent 17 years with the Financial Relations Board (FRB) working on crisis communications, M&A, bankruptcies, and other areas of financial communications. She was president of the firm when she made the move to H&K.

Koeneman will be based in Chicago and report to Dan Bartlett, US CEO and president.