Holmes Report 15 Jan 2018 // 5:00AM GMT
LOS ANGELES — DKC has named Wendy Zaas, most recent a Rogers & Cowan executive VP, general manager of its Los Angeles office, boosting the agency’s entertainment practice. Zaas brings 25-years experience to the role, which includes overseeing DKC’s national entertainment work, and all the agency’s Los Angeles operations. DKC also has hired Taryn Owens, formerly a Rogers & Cowan VP, as an entertainment practice senior VP.
NEW YORK —Lippe Taylor has hired Tracy Naden, most recently a Weber Shandwick executive VP, to be the company’s first consumer practice leader. The addition of Naden, who has two-decades of consumer, consumer health and corporate experience, completes agency restructuring that has reaped a yielded a dedicated healthcare practice and consolidated beauty division, Lippe Taylor said. The firm credits 2017’s record-high revenue to recent hires and internal restructuring.
NEW YORK — Finsbury has hired Chris Gee from Burson-Marsteller as managing director to lead the agency’s integrated digital offering in North America. At Burson-Marsteller, Gee led digital and content strategy for the firm’s corporate and financial practices, overseeing companies for Walgreens Boots Alliance, MassMutual and ExxonMobil among others. Previously, he was RF|Binder’s chief digital officer.
SALT LAKE CITY — Heather England, most recently a Method Communications partner, has been named the agency’s first COO. England (pictured) will oversee operations across the agency, focusing on growth, strategy and strengthening its core leadership team. She will be based in San Francisco.
REDWOOD CITY, CALFORNIA —Growing its senior Bay Area team, Zeno Group has hired Michael Brito as a new executive VP. Brito most recently was US head of digital marketing for Lewis. Earlier stints include working as W2O’s head of social marketing and Edelman Digital’s senior VP of social strategy.
SAN FRANCISCO —Mark Veverka has joined Abernathy MacGregor’s San Francisco office as a senior VP. Veverka joins from Sitrick and Company, where he helped lead financial, crisis and litigation programs for companies including Toyota and Yelp. Before that, he was Barron’s West Coast editor and tech columnist.
WASHINGTON, DC — APCO Worldwide has hired Dan Meyers from DCI Group as a senior director and head of advocacy in the firm’s public affairs practice. As DCI VP, Meyers managed national, state and local campaigns for the firm, which specializes in issue advocacy and strategic communications. Experience includes working as a press advance rep in the George W. Bush White House and for the Republican National Committee.
SAN FRANCISCO — Allison+Partners has added two new senior VPs to its corporate communications practice — Ellen Schneidau and Rebecca Harbin. Schneidau and Harbin, who join from MSL Atlanta, will be responsibility for building out the agency’s B2B capabilities across the Southeast. They will be based in the Allison+Partners Atlanta office.
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — EthicOne managing principal David Herrick has been tapped to lead the American Diabetes Association board as chair during 2019. Herrick served as chair of the ADA’s New York City-area community leadership board. He has been heavily involved in organization the group’s Tour de Cure events.
BIRMINGHAM , ALABAMA — Markstein has hired two new executives — Greg Schumann and Jessica Lumsden. Schumann, who joins as VP, brings more than 20-years experience in publishing, marketing and sales at outlets including Time, Inc. Lumsden, who joins as director, is the former Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl director of integrated marketing.
BOSTON — Media intelligence company CARMA has named Chip Griffin, most recently CEO of North America, its COO. Griffin will oversee marketing, product development and content acquisition for the global media intelligence company. Roxane Papagiannopoulos, North American managing director of media analysis, will assume new responsibilities as Griffin takes on a global role.
CHICAGO — Tech Image has named Michael Monahan its new president. Monahan, the agency’s VP since 2014, replaces Dan O’Brien, who retired at the end of 2017. Since joining, Monahan has focused on overseeing the agency’s team and work for brands including Allstate, Bosch and NEC.
LOS ANGELES — The Narrative Group has promoted three of its own, and secured a range of new clients. Personnel changes include: Jamie Krauss Hess being promoted from VP to senior VP; Alex Masel being upped from senior marketing manager to director; and Jillian Eldredge moving from senior account executive to account. The agency also has secured new clients including Bizzie Gold, PetPlate, Fairway Market, and Body by Simone.
NASHVILLE — Devin Lee Hawthorn has joined Choice Media and Communications as a publicist. Hawthorn joins from Ramsey Solutions, where she handled social media campaigns, promotional events and and ran publicity campaigns for multiple books.