WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Files has joined Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick as its newest vice president. Files has a background in journalism from the Washington Bureau of The New York Times and International Herald Tribune and will work on a range of strategic communications and media relations projects. In addition, Jenny Mayfield joins as director, coming most recently from USA Today, where she served as a photo editor, and Population Services International, where she developed marketing and communications strategies. She will work on behalf of the firm’s health care clients. Kathryn Wilson and Margaret Sacks have started at the firm as account supervisors.
DENVER—JohnstonWells Public Relations has hired veteran television journalist Marc Williams to lead the firm’s broadcast division. Williams, senior counselor, comes to JohnstonWells with more than two decades of experience in public relations and broadcast journalism and will head up the company’s broadcast division, providing strategic counsel to clients regarding local and national broadcast outreach. Before joining JohnstonWells, Williams was director of media relations for Catholic Health Initiatives. Prior to that, Williams spent 20 years as an assignment editor, newsroom manager and field producer with KUSA-TV in Denver.
BALTIMORE—SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider, has named Mark Culpepper as vice president and lead corporate spokesperson. Based in the company’s Baltimore headquarters, Culpepper will oversee corporate communications and report directly to COO Brian Robertson.
Prior to SunEdison, Culpepper worked as VP of business development for Team Solar, an installer of utility scale solar solutions based in Sacramento, California.
NEW YORK—Xethanol Corporation, a renewable fuel developer in the biomass-to-energy sector, has appointed Richard Wilson as executive vice president of communications and technology affairs. He will be responsible for overall strategy and direction of Xethanol’s public relations and investor relations programs and will oversee the company’s scientific advisory board. Wilson spent six years on the air as a CNN technology and environment correspondent.
NEW YORK—Aurora Kessler has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as vice president, managing accounts including Trump SoHo, Fifteen Central Park West, Scalamandré, 823 Park Avenue/broker Kathy Sloane, Kristen Manolis and AtlanticA. She comes to RPR from Baltz & Company where she was a senior account manager.