Agency People News In Brief (January 23, 2012)
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Agency People News In Brief (January 23, 2012)

New people in new roles at H&K, Linhart, Emanate, McNeely Pigott & Fox, Insidedge, National PR, and MWW.

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LOS ANGELES—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Bill Coletti as executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles and Irvine offices. Coletti brings experience in corporate communications, national and international politics and the management of public policy issues. Before assuming his new role, Coletti spent 11 years as a senior strategist in the Austin office of Public Strategies. Previously, he served in the Republic of Bulgaria as a senior advisor to the Council of Ministers, the prime minister and the labor minister.

DENVER—Linhart Public Relations has named Kelly Womer as the sixth partner in the firm. Womer, who is a vice president, joined Linhart in May 2009. She joins five existing partners: Sharon Linhart, founder and managing partner; Paul Raab, senior vice president; Dawn Doty, vice president; Carri Clemens, chief financial officer; and Kelly Janhunen, account director. Womer currently guides work on corporate accounts including Colorado Technical University, MWH, Polsinelli Shughart, and WhiteWave Foods. She also specializes in employee engagement. Prior to joining Linhart PR, Womer was an independent consultant and served as a principal of Carmichael Lynch Spong, where she headed the PR firm’s Chicago office.

NEW YORK—Emanate has added three new vice presidents: Trey Ditto, Greg Jawski and Ryan Murphy. Ditto and Jawski work on several segments of Bank of America; Murphy is working with Phillips Norelco. Ditto joins Emanate from KCSA Strategic Communications where he was managing director. Jawski JOINS from Ogilvy, where he was a vice president in the financial services and corporate practice. Prior to Emanate, Ryan was a vice president in the health and wellness practice at DeVries Public Relations.

NASHVILLE—Alice Chapman and Andrew Maraniss have been named partners at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, and Jennifer Brantley has been promoted to senior vice president. All had been vice presidents. Chapman and Maraniss are the first new partners at MP&F since 1998. Chapman joined the firm in 1995, Maraniss arrived in 1998, and Brantley celebrates her 20th anniversary with MP&F this year.

CHICAGO—Insidedge, the employee communications consultancy that operates within GolinHarris, has promoted Erika Crowell to vice president. She will continue to lead client engagements—including Dow Chemical, Kraft Foods, the Society of Actuaries and WhiteWave Foods—and play an expanded role in helping to foster Insidedge’s continuing growth and development. Before joining Insidedge, Crowell was an internal communications manager at Deloitte.

TORONTO—Vanessa McDonald joins the Toronto office of National Public Relations as vice president, marketing communications. Prior to joining National, McDonald established the London and San Francisco offices of Ballou PR, a Paris-based communications firm. She also worked as associate marketing director and international press manager for Capgemini.

NEW YORK—MWW Group has made three new hires in the creative arm of Dialogue Digital, its digital marketing, social media and visual branding practice. Evan Rosler, who is named associate creative director, joins from Edelman Digital; Cody Walton, associate creative director, art, was previously with Evoke Interaction; and Himanshu Bharadwaj, also associate creative director, art, was previously with Modem Media, now Publicis Modem.


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