NEW YORK—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Molly O’Neill to lead its US marketing communications practice. Most recently, O’Neill was with RF|Binder as executive managing director focused on brand strategy and new business development. Prior to RF|Binder, O’Neill was the managing director, lifestyle and wellness practice, at DeVries Global, where she helped establish the agency’s multicultural practice. She has worked with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Cynthia Rowley, Celebrity Cruises, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Nutrition and Tyson Foods.
SAN FRANCISCO—Jonathan Carroll has been appointed senior vice president and will lead Weber Shandwick's digital and creative teams in San Francisco. He joins Weber Shandwick from Livefyre, where he created and marketed digital and interactive products as the head of creative client services. In addition, Heather Gallegos joins as senior vice president in the employee engagement and change management group, having previously served as a communications advisor to engineering, marketing, operations and IT executives at Cisco Systems. And Douglas Myers has joined as vice president in the firm's corporate practice from Landis Communications.
WASHINGTON, DC—Public affairs firm CLS Strategies has promoted Ray De Lorenzi to senior vice president and DJ Carella to managing director. De Lorenzi has worked on high-stakes litigation cases and public affairs campaigns for companies, particularly in the health care and technology industries. Carella joined in 2011 and focuses on media relations. In addition, Allison Bryan joins as managing associate to serve the firm’s public affairs portfolio. She previously was with the Global Strategy Group, where she managed media relations and public affairs activities for a range of nonprofit and corporate clients.
TORONTO—Kwittken has appointed Betsy Cooper as managing director of Kwittken Toronto, its Canadian headquarters, established in late 2014 as part of its collaboration with sister agency KBS Toronto. Cooper joins Kwittken Toronto with more than 15 years of experience, most recently as leader of her own communications agency in Vancouver. She has also held senior positions at Labatt Breweries of Canada, Harbinger Communications and Thornley Fallis Communications.
NEW YORK—Anu Kher has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as associate vice president, managing media relations strategies for clients in the corporate and financial services division. Previously, Kher served as a senior account executive at Affect and before that was a reporter for India's largest English newspaper, Times of India.