BOSTON — Weber Shandwick has announced the appointment of Julie Hall as executive VP and general manager of its Boston office.  Over her 25-year career, Hall (pictured) has led Boston-based teams at HAVAS and Cone and Schneider Associates. Most recently, she served as head of marketing and communications for genomic data technology company WuXi NextCODE. She was previously chief growth officer and managing director for HAVAS in Boston.

NEW YORK — Finn Partners has named Jane Madden managing partner, sustainability and social impact practice leader. Madden will leverage more than 25 years of experience in ESG performance, sustainability and corporate reputation to build the practice globally. Prior to joining FINN, she led the US corporate responsibility & sustainability practice at Burson-Marsteller based out of Chicago.

LOS ANGELES — Diane Padilla has joined the public affairs firm Cerrell as a public affairs director, She will join public affairs director Jason Levin in leading the firm’s public relations and crisis communications work.  She most recently served as press secretary for US Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) leading the communications team and pushing forward a pro-environment agenda on the House Natural Resources Committee.