SAN FRANCISCO: WE Communications hired Steve Kerns as GM and SVP of its San Francisco office, reporting to EVP Katie Huang Shin, the agency said Monday.
Kerns will work to entrench WE’s position in the Bay Area, strengthen its operations, and nurture the office’s talent, the firm said in a statement.
Prior, Kerns was SVP in Text100’s San Francisco office for almost a year, and previously SVP at Edelman’s Silicon Valley office and SVP at FleishmanHillard. Kerns could not be reached for comment by press time.
SVP Nicole Miller has also moved from WE’s Seattle office to San Francisco to drive its cybersecurity offerings, which she leads for the agency.
The Seattle-based firm expanded its operations to San Francisco 28 years ago, and works with clients in consumer, technology, and healthcare from the office.
Earlier this month, WE acquired Buchan Consulting, an Australian firm with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. WE had increased its share in Buchan over a period of five years since its initial investment.
Last month, it named former senior Edelman executive Alan VanderMolen as its president across Asia-Pacific and EMEA.