Agency People News In Brief (January 21, 2013)
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Agency People News In Brief (January 21, 2013)

New people in new roles at Porter Novelli, Lagrant, Weber Shandwick, Dukas, Calypso, and McGrath Power.

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NEW YORK—Porter Novelli has named Darlàn Monterisi managing director of its New York, replacing Karen van Bergen who was recently named CEO of the company. Monterisi joined the agency in 2011 as an executive vice president to lead the HP business. Prior to joining Porter Novelli, she was the global PR director for Rockstar Games, and an account director with Mullen. Earlier, she served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, working as a public affairs officer.

DALLAS—Lagrant Communications has named Lee Hayes (pictured) to the newly created role of senior vice president and chief client officer, responsible for providing strategic direction and overseeing quality control of all agency accounts. In addition, he will assist with new business development and the mentoring of staff. Hayes has been with Lagrant since December 2007, leading the firm’s Dallas office as vice president and managing director, as well serving as the day-to-day lead on the Harley-Davidson and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism accounts.

MINNEAPOLIS—Weber Shandwick has promoted Eric Pehle to executive vice president and general manager of the firm's Minneapolis office. Pehle will take on broader responsibilities within and across the office, working closely with Sara Gavin, president of the Minneapolis office. Since 2006, Pehle has led one of the agency's largest accounts, supporting the US Army's recruitment efforts. He has also worked with the Mall of America since its opening in 1992.

NEW YORK—Dukas Public Relations, a leading financial public relations firm, has promoted Sean Dougherty to senior director, and Mary Kate Dubuss and Stephanie Dressler to director. Dougherty, in his third year with DPR, manages a group of the firm’s professional and financial services accounts. Dubuss, also in her third year with the firm, helps to supervise the firm’s asset management practice, while Dressler joined in March 2012 as an account supervisor in the financial services group.

PORTSMOUTH, NH—Calypso Communications, a strategic marketing and public relations firm, has appointed Melissa Thompson Currier as the agency’s director of account development. Currier is charged with guiding strategic development and success for Calypso’s roster of energy, environmental, healthcare, and technology clients. Her professional experience includes work as the director of interactive services at Crosby Marketing Communications.

SAN JOSE, CA—McGrath/Power Public Relations & Communications has named Christina Armstrong vice president of client service. Armstrong is the former managing director of the business to business technology practice for Grayling Connecting Point and brings 15 years of communications experience to McGrath/Power.

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