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Roll Call: Allison+Partners and Esurance

Allison+Partners announced that Alan Weatherbee has been named as senior vice president of talent search responsible for driving US and global talent acquisition to keep pace with the evolution of the business and expand its commitment to recruiting the best talent from across industries. An experienced HR practitioner, Alan will work closely with the senior team to align entrepreneurial professionals with unique, challenging, career-making opportunities within the agency. He will be based in Boston. Previously, Alan served as vice president, Human Resources at Cone Communications. There he managed talent acquisition as well as all aspects of the HR function to support staff and enhance the culture and career experience of its people. Preceding Cone, Alan was director of recruitment for IPG agencies GolinHarris, Weber Shandwick and Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles; where he led all strategic recruitment initiatives and focused on hiring across all brands and practice areas including consumer, convergence, corporate, entertainment, and digital. Prior to IPG, he had a management role within AppleOne, a private staffing firm in Los Angeles. (Release)

Esurance has hired Alan Gellman as chief marketing officer. Gellman will oversee all of Esurance’s marketing and advertising efforts, including direct marketing, online and offline advertising, search, brand partnerships, communications and customer experience. Esurance is owned by Allstate Insurance. Most recently at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, Gellman spent the past 10 years in various executive marketing roles, including senior vice president of digital marketing. He also led their recent lead agency of record search and focused on integrating marketing efforts and capabilities across disciplines. Previously, he led strategy, research, and analytics for Wells Fargo’s consumer credit group, where he established a customer engagement strategy. Gellman began his marketing career in advertising before moving to consumer packaged goods with General Foods, Kraft and ConAgra. Later, he spent six years with Blue Shield of California leading consumer marketing and then building and leading their e-business division. (Insurance Journal)

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Roll Call: Edelman, Allison + Partners and Federal News Radio

Edelman announced the arrival of Tyler Gray as editorial director, Creative Newsroom in the firm’s New York office. Gray, who comes to Edelman after five years as editorial director for Fast Company, will lead Edelman’s creative newsroom in New York. At Fast Company, leading a team of 15, Gray helped revamp the website into a vibrant news operation, increasing network traffic more than twenty-fold. During his time there, he launched three editorial verticals and conceived of the company’s first episodic video program, while also representing the company to media, at conferences and in various speaking engagements. Prior to that, Gray served as an editor, writer and consultant for multiple print and online media, from Blender, Maxim, Us Weekly, and Radar magazines to The New York Post and The New York Times. He’s also authored two books. (Release)

Allison+Partners announced the expansion of its senior management team. Phoenix general manager Cathy Planchard and global head of the Corporate Practice Matthew Della Croce have both been promoted to senior partner. They will focus on maintaining the high standard of client service the agency is known for as it continues to scale, as well as new business acquisition and achieving agency revenue goals. Joining the management team as newly-named partners are Zach Colvin, general manager of the San Francisco office and Kent Schwartz, senior vice president of finance. Richard Kendall, former general manger of the San Diego office, has shifted his concentration to accelerate agency growth in the Pacific Northwest. Brian Brokowski has joined Allison+Partners as the new San Diego general manager from SG Biofuels, where he ran global communications.  (Release) Read more

Roll Call: Allison + Partners, RF|Binder, Penton Media and More

Allison+Partners announced that David Wolf has been named managing director of the agency’s global China practice. Wolf counsels American, Chinese and European clients across a range of industries and specializes in managing complex communications challenges, including crisis comm, new market entry and corporate reorganization. He also helps clients consider elements beyond branding and messaging to rethink strategies, positioning and execution. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Wolf spent seven years as president and chief executive officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm. (Release)

RF|Binder, a New York-based PR and communications firm, announced two new senior-level hires. Elyse Blazey Gentile joins the agency as senior managing director to consumer and corporate accounts and Lori Rodney joins as managing director of the agency’s education group. Both managers will be responsible for developing new business opportunities as well as counseling existing clients. Blazey Gentile has more than 15 years experience in media relations and corporate/crisis communications. Her most recent role was vice president of corporate communications at E*TRADE.

Rodney most recently served as corporate account manager at Waggener Edstrom, representing clients such as Android and Windows Phone manufacturer HTC. She has more than a decade of experience working for such top firms as Edelman, MWW Group and Cohn & Wolf. (IBTimes)

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Biro On Leaving MTV for Allison & Partners: “This Is My Choice”


Allison & Partners announced the opening of their Seattle office this week, which will be led by Tom Biro, who is leaving his gig as senior director of communications at MTV. “This is my choice. As far as I understand they [MTV] are filling my position,” Biro told PRNewser.

“Some of it is about planting a new seed,” he said. Biro currently lives in NJ and will be making the cross country move. “It’s like any other market. There are going to be agencies that have certain interests. Just having spent a decent amount of time [in Seattle] I know there continues to be a ton of start-up business out there.”

Allison & Partners is “pretty across the board,” when it comes to areas of specialty said Biro. “They are a full service agency, with work in healthcare and public affairs, charitable arms of big corporations. They have Best Western and [social networking site] Ning, for example. I’ll be working on a lot of West Coast stuff given that they have significant presence there,” he said. Prior to MTV, Biro led the digital practice at IPG’s MWW Group.