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GolinHarris has appointed Jim Dowd as senior vice president, national media relations, plus new people in new roles at MSLGroup, Rasky Baerlein, Burson-Marsteller, K-global,

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NEW YORK—GolinHarris has appointed Jim Dowd as senior vice president, national media relations. Dowd will work with clients and agency teams, providing strategic media relations counsel and tactical support and reports to New York managing director Jennifer Cohan. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Dowd served as a principal and managing director at Middleberg Communications, which acquired The Dowd Agency in 2009. Dowd was founder of The Dowd Agency, which worked with clients including Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Beam Global Spirits, Dial Corporation, Levi’s, Kodak, MTV, Discovery Communications and Mark Burnett Productions. Dowd’s previous experience includes five years with A&E branding The History Channel and five years directing publicity at NBC.


BOSTON—MSLGroup has appointed Meghan Gross as senior vice president of the corporate practice in its Boston office. Gross will report to Ed Cafasso, managing director for MSL Boston and will focus on delivering reputation management and integrated marketing programs to the agency's corporate and business-to-business clients. Most recently, Gross worked with two leading national law firms, Foley Hoag and Ropes & Gray, to develop and implement thought leadership campaigns designed to increase client acquisition and retention and to support brand visibility.


BOSTON—Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has added Andy Izquierdo as senior vice president in its Washington office. Izquierdo will be responsible for managing client service relationships, business development and contributing to the strategic positioning of the firm’s Washington office. Most recently he worked with the ASPCA as vice president of media and communications.  Prior to that, he was with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as the lead federal government affairs representative on legislative issues such as importation and biologics. 


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Burson-Marsteller subsidiary Direct Impact has added two vice presidents, Bill Briggs and Samantha Stark. Briggs was the director of a federal government contractor based in Arlington, Virginia, where he oversaw business development, marketing strategy and implementation of procedures and client work. His previous experience includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as director in the office of public outreach. Stark was a vice president at Rubenstein Public Relations and earlier worked with Hunter Public Relations, The Campbell Group Marketing & Communications and Entertainment Works.


WASHINGTON, D.C.— K-global, a business consultancy specializing in public affairs and strategic communications, has added two new members to its senior team. Suzanne Kleinwaks joins as senior art director for k-global edge, the digital division of k-global, based in D.C. Emily Davenport also joins as account supervisor for k-global’s grassroots work and is based in the Atlanta office.   


ATLANTA—The Atlanta office of GolinHarris has promoted Chris Myles and Laura Layton to executive vice president. Myles leads the agency’s work with United Egg Producers, and was instrumental in helping the industry through one of the largest U.S. egg recalls last year. Layton, a consumer marketing expert, leads the Smithfield Foods account as well as lends her expertise to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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