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Roll Call: Ketchum, FTI Consulting, Cohn & Wolfe and More

Ketchum announced it has increased its investment to a significant majority position in its operations in Brazil. Previously, Ketchum owned a minority stake in the operation, which has been its valued partner in Brazil since 1997. The firm will be rebranded as Ketchum, from Ketchum Estrategia, effective immediately. Ketchum’s Brazil operation will continue to be led by its co-founders, partner and CEO Valeria Perito and partner and COO Rosana Monteiro. Long-time associate Regina Gobbo, senior vice president, will also play a vital role in the office’s future. Perito will report to Jon Higgins, Ketchum senior partner and CEO, International. Under her leadership, the Brazil team will continue to collaborate closely with other offices and affiliates across Ketchum’s global network, and in particular within the rapidly growing Latin-America region. (Release)

FTI Consulting, Inc. announced that it has bolstered its Media & Entertainment group with the addition of three professionals in Los Angeles, including Philip Schuman, who joins the firm as a senior managing director and co-leader of FTI Consulting’s Media & Entertainment group, as well as Cindy Wang and Daniel Punt who both join the firm as managing directors from HighView Media (“HVM”). In addition, FTI Consulting announced that Alexander Trauttmansdorff and Fabrice de Sez of HVM’s European unit will become affiliated with FTI Consulting to provide media and entertainment expertise in Europe. (Release)

Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Kristie Kuhl and Maura Bergen to EVP roles in its US healthcare practice. Kuhl and Bergen will focus on client relationships and respiratory product launches. Both will manage multi-layer teams at the firm. Kuhl previously worked at Makovsky as EVP and deputy practice leader during a career of more than 13 years at the firm, while Bergen previously served as MD at Twist Marketing, a W2O company, and served as director of public relations at Novartis. (PRWeek) Read more

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Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, NUVI and DDC Advocacy

Burson-Marsteller announced that Alan Sexton has been appointed to U.S. Chair, Corporate Practice and Tom Dowling has been appointed U.S. Chair, Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice, effective immediately. Sexton and Dowling will work closely with other practice and market leaders in North America under the leadership of U.S. CEO Dave DenHerder and U.S. president Michael Law. Sexton and Dowling will be responsible for leading and growing their respective practices across the United States. Sexton joined Burson-Marsteller in 2013 as New York market leader and will continue to lead the firm’s headquarters office. Since joining, Sexton has been involved in numerous new business initiatives, recruited new talent and worked across the New York office to strengthen Burson-Marsteller’s market presence. Throughout his career, Sexton has led integrated, interdisciplinary campaigns for clients. He came to Burson-Marsteller from Global Strategy Group, where he had served as executive vice president of Communications since 2011.

A 24-year veteran of Burson-Marsteller, Dowling has served as interim chair of the U.S. Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice since 2013. Dowling will continue to serve in his current role as Pennsylvania market leader from the agency’s Pittsburgh office, which also serves as the hub for a number of Burson-Marsteller’s key business-to-business (B2B) clients. Dowling is highly experienced in defining, building and defending corporate brands and has led global branding and reputation management campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. He has also helped launch products in both the consumer and B2B spaces, from pasta sauces to 3D printers used in additive manufacturing. (Release)

NUVI™, a social analytics management and engagement company, announced its appointment of NUVI Chairman Keith Nellesen to CEO, with former CEO David Oldham assuming a role as a member of the board. These changes will enable NUVI to continue on its rapid growth trajectory. Nellesen specializes in growing startups into valuable enterprises. Beginning his career in public accounting, Nellesen ventured into entrepreneurship when he co-founded Vivint — a home security, home automation and energy conservation company — where he served as the chief financial officer and president until 2009. Nellesen exited Vivint in 2012 when it was acquired for more than $2 billion by Blackstone. Nellesen also served as the CEO and co-founder of MoneyReef, a financial management application company focused on mobile, and oversaw its successful acquisition by MoneyDesktop in 2012. (Release) Read more

Roll Call: Edelman, DDC Advocacy and High10 Media

Edelman has named Wayne Hickey general manager of Edelman San Francisco, effective July 1. Hickey is a six-year Edelman veteran with more than 20 years of experience in communications and politics, with a focus on consumer technology, gaming and entertainment. In his new role, Hickey will oversee all operations, client service and overall business direction and growth for Edelman San Francisco. Hickey most recently served as the founder and managing director of Assembly, which converged teams at Edelman to lead U.S.-based public relations, digital, social, measurement and creative on behalf of Microsoft. In addition, he served as Edelman’s global client relationship manager for Microsoft for more than three years where he drove continued expansion into social, retail, analytics and paid advertising. Hickey succeeds interim general manager Kristine Boyden, who will transition to a new role as COO of the Western Region, starting July 1. Boyden is a 13-year Edelman veteran who has held several leadership roles during her tenure at the firm including global client relationship manager for HP, leader of the U.S. CRM program and Bay Area GM for operations and integration where she was the lead architect for the integration of our Bay Area operations. In this newly created role, she will lead initiatives that advance the company’s mission. (Release)

DDC Advocacy (DDCA) welcomes Jessica Kahanek as its new deputy digital director. Kahanek, a tested Capitol Hill communications veteran, will help guide digital messaging and engagement efforts to deliver online victories for DDCA’s rapidly expanding client base. Kahanek, a Texas native, comes to DDCA with more than five years of experience managing digital and traditional communications for members of Congress, congressional committees and congressional campaigns. She served most recently as the communications director for Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) and has a background in new media from the office of Representative Gene Green (D-TX). (Release)

High10 Media announced the hiring of Fay Sliger as vice president. Sliger, who comes to High10 Media from VICE Media where she was a senior member of the company’s communications team, starts immediately. Before joining High10 Media, Sliger was a senior member of VICE Media’s communications department where she developed and executed strategies, and oversaw media relations, for the company’s corporate announcements, digital content, films and events. Sliger also led global communications efforts related to campaigns and partnerships developed by VICE’s in-house creative agency. Prior to VICE, Sliger was a senior account director at New York-based communications firm Sunshine Sachs. (Release)

Roll Call: Incite, DDC Advocacy and NBCUniversal

Jon Jones is joining Incite as chief digital officer.  For the past five years at the digital advertising agency R/GA, Jon has served as the go-to digital strategist for some of the biggest and most impactful brands including Nike, Samsung, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Wal-Mart. Jon has helped these brands change the way they connect with consumers. From creating innovative marketing campaigns and building mobile and services platforms, to exponentially growing social media presences and managing targeted, efficient digital ad campaigns, Jon has been helping some of the biggest brands in the world push the boundaries in both paid and earned media. He will now lead Incite’s digital services from our new office in New York City. (Release)

DDC Advocacy (DDCA) announced James C. Lake as its incoming executive vice president. Lake, a public affairs and advocacy specialist with thirty years of experience, will oversee client development and client relations as DDC Advocacy continues to expand its domestic and international client base and deliver data-driven, technology-enabled advocacy solutions in strategic engagement campaigns worldwide. Lake brings three decades of corporate, government and campaign experience with him to DDCA. Most recently, he served as executive vice president at McBee Strategic, where he was responsible for overseeing domestic and international development, digital strategy and counsel for corporate and government clients.  (Release)

NBCUniversal named Mark Kornblau senior vice president, Communications for the NBCUniversal News Group. Kornblau succeeds Kathy Kelly-Brown who recently was tapped to lead the newly created Global Talent Booking division for NBCUniversal. He will begin February 17. In Kornblau’s new role, he will oversee the communications strategy for the NBCUniversal News Group, partnering with the communicators and business leads at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Kornblau also will be responsible for positioning NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC as premier multi-platform news and information leaders and innovators in the rapidly-changing media landscape. (Release)

Roll Call: DDC Advocacy, RLM Finsbury and ARC2 Communications

DDC Advocacy announced the hiring of Adam Wagner as director of business communications. In this position Wagner will manage business development initiatives including proposal development and marketing communications, as well as work directly with our client services team to create and implement comprehensive advocacy strategies. Bringing more than twelve years of experience to DDCA, Wagner has developed new business communications, marketing strategies and advocacy materials for multi-million dollar campaigns, spanning legislative, regulatory and public relations challenges. Prior to joining DDCA, Wagner worked for SevenTwenty Strategies where he served as director of communications, providing strategic messaging for Fortune 500, non-profit and association clients. (Release)

RLM Finsbury announced that Matt Miller, a prominent communications consultant for corporations, foundations and government organizations, as well as a best-selling author and columnist, has joined the firm as senior advisor. Miller will work with RLM Finsbury’s leadership team to expand their long-standing offerings in corporate reputation and issues management, public affairs, thought leadership and media relations. (Release)

ARC2 Communications & Media, Inc. announced that Darby Sedighan has been appointed to the team as vice president. Sedighan joins ARC2 from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she led a number of accounts for that firm’s Healthcare practice. Darby brings more than a decade of business development and client engagement experience to her new role. (Release)

Roll Call: Glover Park Group, VOX Global, Behan Communications and More

The Glover Park Group announced that John Hughes joined the firm as a senior vice president in the Government Affairs practice. Hughes will be based in GPG’s Washington, D.C. office and will work on a broad range of the firm’s clients. John was most recently senior policy advisor to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on financial services, trade, manufacturing, small business, housing, and consumer protection issues. Previously, John served as counsel to the House Financial Services Committee and, prior to joining the Committee’s majority staff in 2007, was managing director of tax advocacy at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. (Release)

VOX Global announced its recent hire of John Dunagan, who will join the VOX leadership team as a senior vice president. Most recently, Dunagan served as senior vice president at DDC Advocacy. Prior to DDC, Dunagan co-founded CrossLink Strategy Group (later Mercury) where he pioneered unique issue advocacy techniques including Media Where it Matters and RootsTube. Dunagan will work out of the firm’s Washington, DC office location. (Release)

Jonathan Cohen has been named chief operating officer at Behan Communications. Cohen joined Behan Communications in 2012 to help lead the firm’s expansion. He has an extensive background in journalism, government and public affairs and has led a number of strategic communications firms to success and played a leading role in the turnaround of two technology companies. Formerly a publisher of Commentary Magazine and an advisor to New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Jon also has served as president of The Weiser Group, a global public relations firm, and of Cohen Strategic LLC, an international consulting group. (Website)

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