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PN Adds Former Homeland Security Comms Leader, Cuts Other Execs

Sean Smith

Sean Smith, the former assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, has joined Porter Novelli as SVP with the global crisis communications group.

At the DHS, Smith had a team of 300. The public affairs staff managed comms for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and other DHS divisions. He handled outreach for the Gulf oil spill, the H1N1 outbreak, and other crises. Prior to that, he served as a spokesperson for Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.

At PN, he’ll report to Kiki McLean, global public affairs head and work in both the New York and D.C. offices.

On the flip side, PN CEO Gary Stockman told PRWeek that the firm laid off executives in the New York and Chicago offices in recent weeks. Among those cut were John Havens, EVP of social media, and Peter Pitts, a partner with the firm and previously its head of global healthcare.

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Porter Novelli To Close Sacramento Office

Porter Novelli will close its Sacramento office on January 29th, PRWeek first reported late yesterday.

Kiki McLean, Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs, Managing Director at Porter Novelli confirmed the news to PRNewser via a statement.”This decision follows the departure of several staff,” she said.

“As a result of this and other business considerations, we determined that it was in the best interests of our clients in Sacramento to help them transition their programs to other resources in the area.”

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Hillary Strategist Kiki McLean Joins Porter Novelli

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[Kiki McLean on MSNBC, via Newsbusters]

Catherine “Kiki” McLean jumps ship from the WPP-owned Dewey Square Group this week, to join Omnicom’s Porter-Novelli, as global head of public affairs, and head of the agency’s Washington, DC office.

McLean was a cable news regular as an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, and then as an Obama surrogate after the nomination.

According to the press release, she replaces the retiring Carolyn Tieger and will start in mid July. Prior to working with Clinton, she was the go-to Veepstakes communicator: “In 2004, she helped develop the acclaimed vice presidential announcement strategy for the John Kerry campaign. She served as national press secretary and spokesperson for Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign, and was spokesperson for Joe Lieberman as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in the 2000 general election.”