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Roll Call: Edelman, CommCreative and STRATACACHE

Edelman announced former special assistant to the President and White House deputy press secretary, Jamie Smith, and former Senate Finance Committee communications director, Sean Neary, are joining Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. Smith will serve as executive vice president overseeing media strategies and services for the office, which specializes in public and corporate affairs, issues management and crisis communications. Neary joins Edelman as executive vice president and will manage the firm’s Financial Communications practice in D.C., in close cooperation with teams in New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong. Both Smith and Neary recently left their government roles. In the newly created role, Smith will oversee a team of media relations professionals and provide counsel to a range of Edelman clients. She will also manage the office’s expanding “Creative Newsroom” offering, an innovative, real-time, on-demand media relations operation that reaches across traditional, social, owned and hybrid media channels. (Release)

CommCreative named Ashley DePaolo as director of Strategic Communications. In this role, Ashley leads the strategic communications team focused on public relations, corporate communications and crisis management. In addition, she supports agency marketing and the business development team. Prior to joining CommCreative, DePaolo was vice president at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations agency that specializes in launching companies, products, services and communities. At Schneider Associates, Ashley led the public affairs, corporate communications and consumer practice areas. (Release)

STRATACACHE announced the recent hire of Kenneth Boyle as SVP of Strategic Operations. Ken will be responsible for the development and management of key strategic initiatives for the global growth and sustainability of STRATACACHE, with his primary focus on Latin America. Ken has an extensive broadcast and media background which began when he founded his own technology & communications company in New York to provide live broadcast transmission and production services for entertainment, corporate and government clients.  (Release).

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Roll Call: CommCreative, Saatchi and Saatchi and DeVries Global

The senior management team at CommCreative has grown, adding John Lawlor as chief operating officer and promoting Joanna Bittle to vice president of strategy. As COO, John directs strategic planning efforts and agency growth. In addition, he supports the account management team with an emphasis on delivering value and results. John brings 25 years of proven business management with corporate, entrepreneurial and privately owned companies and a unique combination of business, marketing, brand strategy and communications experience. Prior to joining CommCreative, John was a principal for Practical Decisions. He also served as vice president of strategic development for Liberty Mutual’s Property Division, a partner with MetroWest Business Advisors, past president of the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and a certified Master Mentor with CMT International. Joanna has been a member of the CommCreative team for more than eight years. In her new role as VP of Strategy, she is responsible for leading and overseeing integrated marketing strategy for all of the agency’s clients and serving as the account supervisor on select accounts, including Staples, Verisk Health, and Experian QAS. She will also continue her business development responsibilities. (Release)

Saatchi and Saatchi Los Angeles is adding three seasoned advertising industry veterans to its team. Group account director David Lowrie, group creative director Mark Laughlin and creative director Marlon Hernandez will now all call SSLA home. Lowrie joins SSLA from AKQA NY, and with a wealth of experience in both retail and e-commerce, including leading efforts to launch ATT.com, Humana.com, and a re-design of VerizonWireless.com and Verizon’s new Flagship retail space opening in the Mall of America. Most recently, Laughlin was the executive creative director tasked with opening the R/GA office in Los Angeles, where he built an enterprise site for Beats by Dre. Prior to that, Mark was ECD on Nike at R/GA New York, where he was responsible for delivering world-class digital experiences while leading multidisciplinary campaign and platform teams. Hernandez began his career at branding agencies Landor and Siegel+Gale before embarking on nearly two decades’ worth of experience at R/GA, Ogilvy, TBWA\Chiat\Day and others. Some of the clients he has worked with include Microsoft, Nike and Verizon, as well as Subaru and Volkswagen. (Release)

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