Agency People News In Brief (January 9, 2012)
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Agency People News In Brief (January 9, 2012)

New people in new roles at GolinHarris, Hill+Knowlton, Euro RSCG, MWW, Makovsky, National, Global Public Affairs, Child's Play, Wordwrite.

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NEW YORK—Matthew Henson has rejoined GolinHarris as executive director. Henson will lead several client relationships in the corporate communications practice and lead the agency’s business development areas in the Boston area. He will be based in Boston and report to New York managing director Jennifer Cohan. Prior to rejoining GolinHarris, Henson was vice president of public relations at online employment solutions and career giant Monster Worldwide. He spent nearly 10 years at GolinHarris before joining Monster in 2009.

SEATTLE—Geri Ann Baptista has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Northwest operations as a vice president, working across the corporate and technology practices. Baptista has worked with top corporations and non-profits for more than eight years and also spent 12 years as a litigator and trial attorney developing and implementing strategy in controversial, high profile cases. Baptista joins H+K Strategies from Starbucks Coffee Company, where she was senior manager of corporate communications overseeing corporate social responsibility positioning.

NEW YORK—Euro RSCG Worldwide PR has appointed Dalton Dorne as chief marketing officer, reporting to the agency's president Lisa Rosenberg and serving as chief of staff to CEO Marian Salzman. Dorne has been part of the Euro RSCG Worldwide network for more than four years in Asia, most recently serving as the regional marketing director for Euro RSCG Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. He also worked in China in roles at Ogilvy and China Central Television.

NEW YORK—Rosanne Marks has rejoined MWW Group as senior vice president, corporate communications, in the firm's New York office. Most recently, Marks managed her own public relations practice, advising start-up clients and individual entrepreneurs on strategic communications. Previously, she held senior level positions at Amazon.com and Getty Images. And from 1993 to 2004, Marks spent 11 years as senior vice president and general manager of MWW's Seattle office.

NEW YORK—Makovsky + Company has added Lee Davies as group vice president to its health practice. Davies comes to Makovsky from Merck & Co., where he was recently director, global media relations (cardiovascular, oncology, diabetes, women's health) and director, global product communications (oncology). Davies reports to Gil Bashe, executive vice president and health practice director, and joins the firm-wide leadership committee.

TORONTO—Julia Johnston is joining National Public Relations as vice president and corporate practice lead for the Toronto office. Most recently, Johnston was co-founder and CEO of mEgo, a Los Angeles-based social media company, which specializes in virtual brand marketing and development. She was also senior vice president, business development, in the UK for PCCW, a leading telecommunications provider in Hong Kong, and development manager for Pacific Century Asset Management (Hong Kong).

NEW YORK—Elizabeth Semple has joined MWW Group as vice president, talent and human resources. In this role, she will oversee all of the agency’s human resources functions, including employee relations, benefit administration and the employee lifecycle process. She will also lead the agency’s staff training and employment development efforts. Semple joins MWW Group from HNW, a marketing agency focused on wealth management and luxury lifestyle clients, where she was responsible for all HR activities within the firm.

TORONTO—Former Ontario Cabinet Minister David Caplan has been named vice chairman of Global Public Affairs, one of Canada’s leading public affairs firms. Elected in 1997, Caplan was appointed to several high ranking portfolios including; Deputy Government House Leader, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, and Minister of Health & Long-Term Care during his 14 years as MPP for Don Valley East.

LOS ANGELES—Blaze, the luxury travel, hospitality, consumer and lifestyle PR firm, has appointed Matt Kovacs as executive vice president and general manager. He will drive new business initiatives, focus on agency growth and work with clients to develop innovative programs in order to achieve successful business objectives. Prior to Blaze, Kovacs served as vice president at Formula Public Relations for over 10 years, managing the sports and entertainment division of Formula’s LA office. He previously served as marketing director at Lids and handled marketing and communications services at Designs, Inc.

NEW YORK—Child’s Play Communications has appointed Jennifer Krosche as vice president. Prior to joining Child’s Play, Krosche was president of her own firm, JYK Public Relations, which specialized in online parenting and women’s media. Her previous experience includes positions with Marina Maher Communications, 5W Public Relations, and Pollock Communications.

PITTSBURGH—WordWrite Communications has promoted Jason Snyder to senior vice president. Snyder, a vice president and six-year veteran of WordWrite, has led many of the agency’s largest accounts, including Buck Consultants, Pfizer, Inc. and West Penn Allegheny Health System.
 

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