LOS ANGELES—CarryOn Communication, one of the fastest-growing public relations firms on the west coast, has acquired Washington-D.C.-based MANA Communications. MANA founder Carrie Hyun will head the Washington office of Carry On as general manager, senior vice president and practice group leader for public affairs.
At the same time, Fleishman-Hillard vice president Chris Foster is joining the firm as deputy general manager, vice president and practice group leader for social and corporate responsibility.
“We are excited to have two leading DC practitioners join our organization and give us an immediate presence in the areas of public affairs, economic development, health care and corporate social responsibility,” said Stan Steinreich, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The time was right to add to our capabilities for our existing clients, and to strategically grow our business in Washington.”
The move follows the acquisition of boutique firms specializing in consumer technology and entertainment PR in Los Angeles.
The Washington office client base includes Patton Boggs, Pfizer, the W.A.Y. Too Cool Too Smoke anti-tobacco campaign, City of Minneapolis Empowerment Zone, Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, Huntington, WVA/Ironton and OH Empowerment Zone.
Hyun has expertise in the telecommunication, transportation, economic development and health care arenas. She held several senior communication positions in the Clinton Administration, most recently as the deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation, managing strategic communication and crisis mitigation for Secretary Rodney Slater. She also served as the director of communications for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the spokesperson and senior media relations strategist for GTE California.
Foster has experience in the healthcare, corporate and public affairs arenas and broad experience in product marketing, media relations and alliance development. Prior to Carry On, he was vice president in the healthcare practice at Fleishman-Hillard.