PR Rundown, 9.21.2015: Ketchum, Live Nation, Guitar Center, Audi

And news from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, rbb Communications, and NBCUniversal.

NEW YORK: Ketchum has promoted Debra Forman to president of Ketchum Digital. She previously served as director of the digital unit. Forman will continue to report to Barri Rafferty, senior partner and CEO of Ketchum North America, in the new position.

LOS ANGELES: Live Nation Entertainment has appointed Carrie Davis as CCO, overseeing internal and external communications. She previously worked as VP of communications at Disney Interactive. Davis will be based in Beverly Hills, California.

LOS ANGELES: Guitar Center has named Frank Crowson as SVP of marketing for the Guitar Center brand. He was most recently VP of marketing at Target.

BOSTON: 451 Marketing has appointed Michael Tiedemann as EVP and executive creative director. He previously served as an SVP and creative director at Digitas, where he managed digital campaigns for brands such as Bank of America and General Motors.

LOS ANGELES: Audi of America has named Bianca Buciarelli as its West Coast lifestyle communications manager. She joined the company after working as a publicist in Vision PR’s Los Angeles office. Buciarelli previously worked at HL Group and BWR Public Relations.

NEW YORK: Real estate investment trust Lexington Realty Trust has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Claire Koeneman to its board of trustees. She is an EVP at H+K and manages both its US central region and its US financial communications practice.

WASHINGTON: Denise Hill, assistant professor at Elon University’s communications school and former president of communications at Delhaize America, has joined APCO Worldwide’s international advisory council.

MIAMI: Rbb Public Relations has rebranded, changing its name to rbb Communications to highlight the agency’s broader marketing capabilities. Its services include media relations, corporate communications, digital and social media, marketing, PR, and creative services.

NEW YORK: NBCUniversal has named Caley Gray as VP of communications in its content distribution group, a newly created role. He previously served for two years as NBCUniversal’s senior director of corporate communications. Previously, Gray was a communications director on Capitol Hill.

NEW YORK: CHR Group has named Jonathan Zaback as its first chief growth officer and partner. He has worked at CHR since 2013, serving as president of the communications and brand marketing division and chief strategy officer.

NEW YORK: Makovsky has appointed Lee Davies as director of client services for its healthcare practice. He previously served as SVP at the firm and was director of global media relations and product communications at Merck & Co.

WASHINGTON: SKDKnickerbocker has hired Marcela Salazar, Ben Geldon, and Emma Shapiro in its Washington public affairs group. Salazar is an SVP, Geldon is serving as VP, and Shapiro was named senior associate.

BALTIMORE: Imre has hired Damian Rintelmann and Jason Burelle in its Baltimore and New York offices, respectively. Rintelmann is serving as SVP, while Burelle is an associate creative director.

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