NEW YORK—GCI Group has made a number of moves designed to strengthen its North American management team, hiring Stephanie Marchesi as president of GCI New York, promoting Bill Marks to lead the North American technology practice, and appointing Donna Fleishman to take his place as president of the Atlanta office.
Marchesi, who recently was director of business and strategy development for North America at Manning Selvage & Lee, replaces Jennifer Cohan, who left late last year to lead the New York office of GolinHarris.
She will be responsible for driving the growth of the firm’s largest office, working with clients such as Schick, Major League Baseball, Genentech and Boehringer Ingelheim. At Manning, she held several executive level positions, including co-director of the U.S. healthcare practice and executive director of the agency’s eastern region. Previously, she spent seven years at Ketchum as a senior manager in the healthcare practice.
“Stephanie’s experience with virtually every facet of our business across all disciplines uniquely qualifies her to lead our flagship office,” said Jeff Hunt, president and CEO of GCI. “She has a strong background in business development and proven skills in developing agency talent.”
Fleishman joins GCI from Fletcher Martin, where she headed the Georgia Aquarium account. Earlier, she ran her own firm for 13 years, headed the consumer division of Cohn & Wolfe, and opened and managed Edelman Worldwide’s Atlanta office.
She takes the helm of the Atlanta office from Marks who will draw on his technology and telecommunications expertise to rebuilding the firm’s technology practice throughout North America, serving clients such as Cingular, Dell, Vignette and RF Micro Devices. Marks previously held positions with IBM, BellSouth Digital Communications Associates and D&B Software.
Both Marks and Fleishman will report to Hunt and serve on GCI’s North American management board.