WASHINGTON, D.C. — Victoria Esser, who spent six years with the Obama administration, has returned to her job as managing director of the Glover Park Group’s strategic communications practice. While with the federal government, Esser served as the treasury department’s assistant secretary of public affairs and the state department’s deputy assistant secretary for digital strategy. That followed her first stint with GPG, which ran from 2004 to 2011.

AUSTIN — Ramping up its Austin operation, WE Communications has named Matt Trocchio (pictured) senior VP and general manager of its office in the Texas capital. Trocchio has spent more than a decade in tech-oriented PR, most recently as VP at Shift Communications. WE has been ramping up the capabilities of its Austin office, which already acts as a lynchpin for the agency’s North American tech clients, so that it is better equipped to handle work related to the city’s industrial growth.

CHICAGO — W2O Group has added three senior executives to its Chicago office. Jeff Burnett has joined the company as practice leader, health and wellness. Donna Duncan is the office’s new group director of healthcare. Chuck Hemann has been hired as managing director of analytics. The hires further more than two of years growth at the Chicago office, which now has more than 20 staffers.