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Roll Call: ABC News, French/West/Vaughan, DeVries, and FleishmanHillard

Heather Riley has been promoted to vice president, Communications for ABC News. In this new role, Heather will help manage the overall communications strategy for ABC News. She’ll oversee the publicists at GMA and This Week and work closely with the company’s Washington bureau. Heather has been a member of ABC’s PR team since she joined the news division in 2011. Heather is a 10-year PR veteran with experience at the White House, MSNBC and National Geographic magazine.

French/West/Vaughan (F/W/V) announced 10 new hires and six promotions. Associate Creative Director Dawn Marie Strzepek joins the firm from Petco Animal Supplies; Media Director Mibbie Majors joins from Carat, an ad agency based in Detroit; Senior Designer Jarrett Arant served as a designer at Delta Apparel; Senior Account Executive Ryan Roccaforte worked at ASGK Public Strategies and FleishmanHillard; Social Media Analyst Jessica Berinson joins the firm from Ignite Social Media of North Carolina; Digital Media Planner Ben Gartman started his own marketing company called Brokrr; Sally Van Denover will be account coordinator; Molly Ashbaugh will be a production artist; Kathryn DeLong will be an account executive; and Charli McKee will be studio coordinator.

F/W/V also promoted Scott Palmer to digital and social media director, Rachel Wing to group account director, Rich Griffisto art director, Claire Simmons to senior account supervisor, Laura Wallenta to senior account executive and Lauren Towns to account executive.

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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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