SAN FRANCISCO—Weber Shandwick has promoted William Brent, head of the firm's clean tech practice, to executive vice president. Brent has relocated full-time to the firm’s Northern California offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick and launching the clean tech practice, Brent was a foreign correspondent and editor in China, and also spent several years as an entrepreneur engaged in digital marketing for consumer brands, feature-length and documentary film production, and market-entry consulting for a range of leading international media companies.
NEW YORK—Ruder Finn has made a key hire in the area of communications and online strategy by naming Katy Kelley vice president. Kelley will work to grow Ruder Finn's presence in channels including public relations, internal communications and social media outreach. he was most recently vice president of communications at Carrot Creative, where she handled the social media agency's internal and external communications. Before joining Carrot Creative, Kelley was communications manager at Huge.
ST. LOUIS—K-global has appointed Carter Dunkin, a former senior vice president of Advantage Capital Partners and Fleishman-Hillard, has as senior vice president in the company’s St. Louis office. Dunkin brings 30 years of leadership experience. Previously an independent consultant, he provided stakeholder management, media relations and financial communications counsel for corporate and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Dunkin was senior vice president of Advantage Capital Partners, a specialized venture capital firm that uses state and federal tax credits to raise private funds for investment in economically distressed communities and was a senior vice president and partner at Fleishman-Hillard, where he worked for 14 years.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Widmeyer Communications has added two to its DC-based PreK-12 education practice: vice president Crystal Brown and account manager Rachel Zaentz. Brown provides strategic counsel to key education clients, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to Widmeyer, Brown was head of marketing communications for E-Luminate Group, a marketing and PR firm specializing in education policy and technology. Zaentz comes to Widmeyer from GMMB’s education team, where she primarily provided communications planning and support for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education programs.
NYACK, NY—Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications has promoted Patricia Fahie to executive vice president. In her previous position, Fahie successfully supervised top travel and tourism accounts including hotel repositioning, destination management and resort/destination spa marketing. Previously, he was the marketing director and primary press contact for the New Age Health Spa in upstate New York.