LOS ANGELES—Corporate and financial communications specialist Sitrick & Company has named Lance Ignon, a six-year veteran of the firm, head of its San Francisco Bay Area region. He replaces Glenn Bunting, who left to launch his own consulting practice.
Sitrick also named Aaron Curtiss to head the firm's new Denver office, as part of its expansion in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest states, while former Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Booth has rejoined the firm's Los Angeles office and Michael Claes, a 35-year crisis communications veteran, has joined its New York office.
Ignon, who first joined Sitrick in 1994, rejoined the firm in 2007 to open the San Francisco office and has expertise in crisis management, environmental issues, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, labor disputes, restructurings and general reputation management. As a journalist, he served as a finance editor and reporter for Investor's Business Daily, a business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg Business News and The Economist Group.
His corporate background includes having served as vice president, corporate affairs for San Francisco-based VaxGen and director of corporate communications for Tenet Healthcare.
Curtiss, who also co-leads Sitrick And Company's in-house digital practice, joined the firm in 2009 after nearly 20 years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was a reporter, editorial writer, editor, advertising manager and executive leading the transition to an online newsroom.
Booth served as vice president, communications for the activist investment firms Steel Partners and Steel Partners Japan before re-joining Sitrick, where he has provided strategic communications support for numerous proxy contests, Chapter 11 restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he was the Asia economics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
Claes has advised on corporate and securities issues, product recalls and product liability matters, mergers and acquisitions, government investigations and indictments and various environmental issues. He has held senior positions at Burson-Marsteller and The Dilenschneider Group.