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Posts Tagged ‘Hill + Knowlton Strategies’

Roll Call: SAP, H+K, Solomon McCown, and more

Julie Roehm. Photo: Scott Breithaupt

Julie Roehm is joining business software company SAP as SVP of marketing after a five-year hiatus. When we last heard from her, she was locked in a legal battle with her previous employer Walmart. She was SVP of comms there. [via Ad Age]

Bill Colletti has been named EVP and Los Angeles GM at Hill + Knowlton Strategies. Colletti was previously a senior strategist at Public Strategies Inc., a unit of H+K. He was with that firm for 11 years. Interestingly, he’s also served as a senior advisor to the government of Bulgaria.

Solomon McCown has named Ed Cafasso SVP at the firm. Cafasso was most recently SVP and director of corp comms for Sovereign Bank-Santander. In May 2011, it was announced that he had left MSLGroup in Boston where he was MD.

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Roll Call: H+K, Blaze, Widmeyer, and More

Geri Ann Baptista

Geri Ann Baptista has joined Hill + Knowlton Strategies as a VP for Northwest operations. She’ll work across the corporate and tech practices in Seattle and Spokane, WA, reporting to the GM of H+K Strategies Northwest, Christiaan Brown. Baptista joins from Starbucks, where she was senior manager of corp comms in charge of CSR. She also spent 12 years as an attorney.

Matt Kovacs has joined consumer, lifestyle, and hospitality firm Blaze as EVP and GM. He’ll be focusing on new business and agency growth. Kovacs joins from Formula PR where he managed the sports and and entertainment division out of the L.A. office. He worked with Formula for a decade.

Christine Messina-Boyer has joined Widmeyer Communications as VP in the higher education practice group. Messina-Boyer has had a long career with colleges and universities, including as Muhlenberg College, where she was VP of PR, the first woman to hold that post. She’s also an adjunct professor at Lutheran College Consortium Washington Semester Program.

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H&K Is Now Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Starting today, Hill & Knowlton is Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a rebranding that the firm says highlights the strategic communications counsel that it provides. John W. Hill launched H&K in 1927 in Cleveland. Today, the company is led by Jack Martin, global chairman and CEO. He assumed that role January 1 of this year.

The rebrand has been in the works for a year and includes a new website and a big investment in digital and research capabilities. For more info, check out the video above.

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