CHICAGO: Porter Novelli has appointed Wendi Taylor Nations as MD of its Chicago office. Nations, who has more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, joined PN in 2001 as SVP and Chicago healthcare practice leader. She is a specialist in new product launches and re-positioning, crisis communications, and issues management. Before joining PN, Nations served as senior MD of Hill and Knowlton’s Midwest healthcare practice. She replaces Linda Hadley, who will turn her attention to handling more client work for the agency.