LOS ANGELES—Hill & Knowlton USA has named veteran west coast public relations professional Hope Boonshaft as general manager of its Los Angeles and Irvine offices. Boonshaft, based in Los Angeles, will report to global CEO and chairman Paul Taaffe.
Boonshaft has several decades of successful experience in corporate communications, public affairs, and community outreach. Her most recent position was at the Los Angeles Opera, where she oversaw the company’s new marketing, public relations and community outreach strategies. Prior to that, she led Sony Pictures Entertainment’s worldwide government relations, public policy activities, community affairs, corporate communications and corporate philanthropy departments. Her clients included Oracle, Microsoft, Ford Motor Company, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Time-Warner.
Previously Boonshaft was CEO and founder of Boonshaft-Lewis & Savitch Public Relations, where clients included Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels, Pitney Bowes, HBO, World Cup USA and several major real estate developers. She was also a senior vice president at Edelman in Los Angeles.