WASHINGTON, D.C.— Jake Sargent, formerly with the Brunswick Group, is joining APCO Worldwide as a vice president. At the Brunswick Group, Sargent managed a range of strategic communication responsibilities, advising clients on media messages, offering public affairs counsel and developing innovative outreach programs. Prior to the Brunswick Group, Sargent served as the deputy communications director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules. He was also a speechwriter for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a special assistant for communications for the state of California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
NEW YORK—Zeno Group has appointed Bob Bicknell, former CBS News producer, as senior vice president, national media director. Bicknell will provide high level media strategy across the firm with an emphasis on helping clients navigate the new realities of print and broadcast journalism. Most recently, he was senior producer and managing editor at the CBS News The Early Show. Before joining The Early Show, he served as senior producer for CBS News Up to the Minute and NY1 News.
RALEIGH, NC—Gibbs & Soell has promoted Kerry Henderson to managing director of its Raleigh office. Henderson, who joined Gibbs & Soell in 1995 and was named a shareholder and senior vice president in 2006, will be responsible for managing the agency’s client service and business operations in Raleigh. She currently oversees multiple account teams and has experience in the agribusiness and food industries. Henderson succeeds agency veteran Robert Bowman, who retired on December 31 after more than 32 years with the firm.
DENVER—Longtime communications and marketing executive Michele Wells will rejoin JohnstonWells, the Denver-based public relations and marketing firm that is once again under the leadership of founder Gwinavere Johnston, who returned to her role as chief executive last month following the departure of former CEO GG Johnston. In addition, Elizabeth Jumel has been promoted to senior counselor. She will continue to lead client account teams, while also assisting with the firm’s business development and marketing efforts.