NEW YORK—John Seigenthaler, former NBC News anchor and public relations executive, will serve as senior counsel to Finn Partners, advising clients across the agency’s network of offices on crisis communications and reputation management emphasizing message development, media direction/training, video and social media strategy. Seigenthaler was the anchor of NBC Nightly News Weekend Edition and special correspondent for NBC News for more than a decade. He also appeared on Meet the Press, TODAY, Dateline, MSNBC and CNBC.
SAN FRANCISCO—MWWPR has hired Karen Clyne as general manager and US technology practice lead in the firm’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining MWWPR, Clyne was a Senior Vice President at Eastwick Communications, overseeing the company’s client services. She has worked with enterprise technology, consumer, security, storage, digital health and wellness, B2B and B2C clients, from global brands to start-up innovators.
SEATTLE—WE Communications has appointed Catherine Allen as senior vice president and general manager for its Boston office. Allen was most recently with Shift Communications, where she established the agency's healthcare practice and led the East Coast team and accounts.
WASHINGTON, DC—Elaine Kolish, former vice president and director of the Children's Food & Beverage Advertising Initiative of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, has joined APCO’s international advisory council. While with BBB, Kolish led an advertising self-regulation program that addressed concerns about food and beverage advertising to children. Prior to joining BBB, Ms. Kolish advised companies and executive leaders on advertising law, FTC compliance, and other regulatory and legislative issues as a partner at a national law firm.
CLEVELAND—Dix & Eaton has named managing director Gregg LaBar to lead the firm’s investor relations practice. LaBar is a member of the firm’s leadership committee and plays a key role in strategy development, financial communications, investor messaging and transaction communications for some of its largest clients. In his new role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the IR practice. Lisa Rose, Dix & Eaton president who led the firm’s investor relations practice for the past four years, will continue to serve select clients and advise the IR team on strategic and technical matters.
NEW YORK—Public affairs firm Global Strategy Group has added two vice presidents to its team in New York. Sheryl Victory Levy joins to to focus on digital communications. She comes from Phil & Co., a cause marketing firm, where she led digital strategy for clients including Brookfield Office Properties, YWCA and Planned Parenthood. Barbara Brancaccio comes to GSG after serving as a communications advisor and spokesperson to NYS and NYC elected officials, most recently as director for press and communications for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery.
DETROIT—Lambert Edwards & Associates has expanded its Detroit team with the addition of Sawyer Lipari as senior associate. She will support clients industries including consumer, healthcare, education and nonprofit. Lipari previously worked at UJA-Federation of New York, where she served as a publicist promoting the organization’s nearly 100 network agencies, and its new and existing grants, initiatives and programs in both New York and around the world.
CHICAGO—Public Communications has promoted Johnathon Briggs to senior vice president, digital. Since joining PCI in 2013, Briggs has worked on programs including a digital marketing campaign for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and a social media advocacy drive for the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. In his new role, he will serve as leader in developing, managing and marketing the agency’s digital offerings.