Holmes Report 01 Oct 2011 // 11:00PM GMT
SAN FRANCISCO—Lewis PR has promoted senior vice president of client servicing Lucy Allen to the new role of executive VP and chief strategy officer. In her new role, Allen reports to CEO Chris Lewis and is responsible for a number of key strategic programs, including expansion of the agency’s digital communications services and overseeing the development of the core proposition. She will also take responsibility for the firm’s global marketing program and will have input to the company’s talent management programs, including new training schemes and staff development initiatives.
RALEIGH, NC—Capstrat has appointed Michael Szumera as executive vice president and director of client services. Szumera will lead client services teams, reporting to Capstrat president Karen Albritton. He joins Capstrat from MedThink Communications, where he was vice president and public relations practice lead. Prior to MedThink, Szumera was managing director, healthcare, at Burson-Marsteller in New York.
WASHINGTON, DC—William Miller will join Brunswick Group as a partner in the firm's Washington, DC, office. Miller joins Brunswick from the US Chamber of Commerce, where he served as senior vice president for political affairs and federal relations and the national political director for the Chamber. Previously, Miller served as the chief of staff to US Representative Connie Morella.
WASHINGTON, DC—Goddard Claussen Public Affairs has added Rob Leggat as senior vice president. Prior to joining the Goddard team, he served as an officer and as the vice president of international public affairs for Walmart and as vice president of public affairs for General Motors Asia Pacific. He joined General Motors after spending 10 years in the US Navy as a public affairs officer.
NEW YORK—Insidedge, the employee communications consultancy of Interpublic Group, has added Jill Carapellotti (pictured) as senior vice president in the New York office. Carapellotti will consult with a cross-section of clients on effective employee engagement and communications strategies. Prior to joining Insidedge, Carapellotti was a director in Burson-Marsteller’s corporate practice and a member of its organizational performance discipline. Previously, she spent more than eight years at JWT Inside.
WASHINGTON, DC—Christopher McCannell, former chief of staff to Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY), joins APCO Worldwide as a vice president in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Most recently, McCannell served as vice president of government affairs at Ameriprise Financial, where he was responsible for legislative priorities related to the House Financial Services and Senate Banking committees.
WASHINGTON, DC—Gibraltar Associates has hired Caitlin Carroll as a vice president, supporting the firm's technology and healthcare clients. She comes to GA from Public Strategies, Inc., where she served as a principal. Previously, she was communications director for Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.). In addition, Emily Wall has joined GA's nonprofit and association practice as a senior manager from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and John Edgington joined as account associate, supporting the firm's food and nutrition and nonprofit and association clients.
BOSTON—Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has added Kellyanne Dignan and Andy Hoglund to its financial services, real estate and retail practice group. Dignan joins as associate vice president after working in broadcast and digital communications in varying editorial and production capacities at NBC News, MSNBC, USA TODAY, WHDH-TV and New England Cable News. Hoglund joins as an account executive, having implemented online strategy while serving as campaign manager for Massachusetts State Representative Joseph Driscoll during his race to become the Norfolk County District Attorney.