WASHINGTON, DC—Direct Impact, the grassroots public affairs, public education and corporate reputation subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, has added Ralph Posner as an executive vice president. Posner comes to DI from FleishmanHillard, where he most recently served as senior VP and partner, leading the agency’s public affairs division in Washington. Before joining Fleishman, Posner spent six years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to both Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and Representative John LaFalce (D-NY).
LOS ANGELES—Golin has hired Corey Langworthy as executive director in its consumer marketing practice where he will lead the agency’s Toyota account and be involved in high-priority consumer food accounts. Based in the Los Angeles office, he joins the firm’s catalyst community, which focuses on the integrated execution of client campaigns. Longworthy moves to Golin from Citizen Relations, where he managed the agency’s portfolio of business at Procter & Gamble.
NEW YORK—Gibbs & Soell has named Kiersten Williams as vice president to oversee client work and increase new business from the the clean energy and financial services sectors, following new business from clients in clean technology, biofuels and renewable energy financing and development. Prior to joining Gibbs & Soell, Williams was principal owner of Williams Consulting PR, and had worked earlier at Makovsky & Company, Spring O’Brien and TriMedia.
NEW YORK—DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs has appointed Ella Robinson as senior vice president in the agency’s entertainment group. Based out of DKC’s New York City office, Robinson will report to Joe Quenqua, director of entertainment in the agency’s LA office. A veteran of Warner Bros. and DreamWorks, Robinson was most recently vice president of national publicity at Relativity Media, overseeing all East Coast operations and working on campaigns for films including Limitless, Immortals, Act of Valor and Safe Haven.
PARSIPPANY, NJ—Coyne PR has promoted Joe Gargiulo to senior vice president. Since joining Coyne in April 2004, Gargiulo has led a team serving long-time clients Goodyear and Shell Lubricants, and has expanded the group to include clients such as Sealed Air Corporation, Topps, VF Corporation, Vestergaard and the American Petroleum Institute.