NEW YORK—Marilyn Castaldi, previously senior partner and chair of the global healthcare practice at Fleishman-Hillard, is joining Hill & Knowlton as general manager of the New York office. She will report directly to MaryLee Sachs, president and CEO of Hill and Knowlton USA, and will become a member of the US executive committee.
Castaldi takes over a position that has been vacant since the departure of Phil Sheldon in June of this year.
According to Sachs, “Marilyn is a terrific all-rounder suited to lead our New York operation to success, with considerable experience in the PR industry, significant client-side expertise, stellar record of leadership and business development savvy. I’m delighted to welcome her back to H&K.”
Castaldi rejoins the firm after beginning her career in public relations with Hill and Knowlton 20 years ago and has also spent time at Burson-Marsteller. Most recently, she was senior partner and healthcare practice chair at Fleishman-Hillard, where she led the development of that practice to become the largest among agencies. She spent seven years growing the New York healthcare division, followed by another two driving expansion of the Washington, D.C. healthcare practice.
“I’m excited to be back in New York and back at H&K—especially to lead an office where I first began my agency career,” said Castaldi. “My attraction to the firm is the same as it was 20 years ago—it’s a powerhouse and one of the greatest names in our business, and I’m looking forward to taking the New York operation to even greater heights.”
Michael Rinaldo, 13-year veteran of the agency, will take over as head of Fleishman’s global healthcare practice.