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The Glover Park Group has hired Lisa Wolford as a managing director in its New York office, plus new people in new roles at Englander Knabe & Allen, CooperKatz, National PR, Jones Public Affairs, Ackermann PR, Goodman Media, J Public Relations and Lane PR.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Glover Park Group has hired Lisa Wolford as a managing director in its New York office. Wolford joins GPG from Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, where she was a partner, and brings experience in strategic communications, issues management and reputation-building initiatives. At RLM, Wolford led the firm’s strategic marketing group. Prior to her tenure with RLM, Wolford worked at Cohn & Wolfe and Ruder Finn, where she created media programs for pharmaceutical and consumer products companies.


LOS ANGELES—Eric Rose, a partner in Los Angeles public affairs firm Englander Knabe & Allen, has become an equity partner. In January 2010, Matt Knabe and Marcus Allen became equity partners in the firm. Rose, who has been a partner in the firm since 2007, will continue to work with other members of the firm and his current clients.


NEW YORK—CooperKatz & Company has promoted five key members of its management team, naming Meredith Topalanchik as vice president and director, client services; promoted Rachael Adler, Melissa Connerton and Camille Priselac as directors, client services; and Jason Wallace to director, creative services. Topalanchik, a CK team member for five years, currently leads the Coldwell Banker Real Estate and accounts for the agency.


TORONTO—Richard Mahoney is joining National Public relations as vice president, government relations, based in the firm's Toronto and Ottawa offices. A lawyer, Mahoney worked as a special assistant to the Rt. Hon. John Turner and as a political advisor to the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin throughout his political career. He was also senior vice president of Borealis Capital Corporation where he worked on the financing of major public infrastructure projects and their public policy implications.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jones Public Affairs has added Emily Clements as senior vice president in the firm’s  Washington, D.C. office. She will lead the firm’s health policy practice, focusing on pre-approval access programs, reimbursement and managed market programs, managed market support, grassroots communications and legislative and regulatory briefings. Prior to joining JPA, Clements served as a senior manager for U.S. public policy at Pfizer. Additionally, Patrick James Cavanaugh has joined JPA as an assistant account executive to support digital communications activities.


KNOXVILLE, TN—Rick Laney has been promoted to vice president at Ackermann PR, effective immediately. Laney has been at Ackermann PR as a senior account executive since 2008 and oversees the travel and tourism practice area for the firm.  His clients include Wilderness at the Smokies resort, Titanic Museum Attraction, Water Magic, Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless.


NEW YORK—Goodman Media International has promoted Beth Garcia, previously senior account director, to vice president. In addition, Sabrina Strauss, formerly account director, is promoted to senior account director; Meghan Newton, previously senior account executive, is promoted to account manager; and Jennifer Brod, formerly assistant account executive, becomes account executive.


SAN DIEGO—J Public Relations, a boutique public relations agency specializing in travel, restaurant, nightlife and luxury lifestyle public relations, has added Jessica Del Guercio as a senior publicist in its New York office. Del Guercio brings extensive experience in destination marketing and media relations, most recently with M Silver Associates. And Dawn Triemstra Seymour joins as a new senior publicist in the San Diego office, having previously worked at several top San Diego publications, including Riviera Magazine and Surfing Magazine.


NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR—Lane PR has hired Kami Toufar as account supervisor from Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, where she worked on the Microsoft account for eight years. In addition, the firm has added Caitlin Gadoua and Alison Seibert as senior account executives; Kirsten Nieman and Megan McMorris as account executives; and Olga Walsh and Whitney Pleager as account coordinators.


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