Jill Bratina Kermes has been named SVP of corporate affairs in Ketchum‘s Washington D.C. office. She was most recently the VP of brand and corporate communications for Volkswagen of America. Her new job brings her back to Ketchum, where she worked on litigation communications in the late 1990s. She has also worked as comms director for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and worked with Public Strategies.
In other Ketchum news, Ketchum Pleon Paris has merged with DDB Financial, another Omnicom firm. DDB Financial provides shareholder comms, analyst relations, IR, and other financial comms services. DDB will continue to operate under that name and Fabrice Baron will continue as president with the firm working in the Ketchum Pleon Paris offices. The two firms already collaborate for two clients: Vallourec and Klepierre.
Olga Fleming has joined Cohn & Wolfe as EVP, MD of healthcare in New York. She joins from Chandler Chicco company Biosector 2 where she worked with pharma businesses here and abroad. Among the clients she has worked with are Pfizer and Novartis.