C&W's Leonard joins Antenna Group as president

SAN FRANCISCO: Antenna Group has tapped Anna Cahill Leonard, Cohn & Wolfe's global technology practice leader and president of its San Francisco office, to serve as agency president.

SAN FRANCISCO: Antenna Group has tapped Anna Cahill Leonard, Cohn & Wolfe's global technology practice leader and president of its San Francisco office, to serve as agency president.

Leonard, who joined C&W in February 2012, will report to Antenna CEO Keith Zakheim.

She will manage the agency, as well as work on client strategy. Antenna specializes in PR, integrated marketing, and market research across various categories, including clean energy, technology, and mobile communications.

Leonard will work with Antenna executives to create programs that get messages across to stakeholders, staffers, consumers, investors, and other key audiences, according to a statement from the firm.

Throughout her career, Leonard has worked with a wide range of clean energy and energy efficient brands, such as Comverge, ClearEdge Power, FlipSwap, and The Green Grid. She also worked with technology companies such as Cisco, Facebook, Oracle, and Qualcomm.

Prior to her most recent role at C&W, Leonard served as president of AxiCom, C&W's tech-sector network, as president. Before C&W, Leonard served as COO of Blanc & Otus, where she ran the San Francisco office and accounts and handled marketing and new business for the firm.

She has also worked at Porter Novelli as MD and EVP, leading its Bay Area operations.

Antenna Group was acquired by Beckerman in June 2010. Zakheim, now CEO of Antenna, was president of Beckerman at the time of the deal. 

Leonard, who left C&W at the end of 2012, joined Antenna less than a month ago to fill this newly created role at the firm.

“To truly compete in this world that has become more than just energy generation or clean tech, we needed to have someone at the helm who could navigate it with expertise in both energy tech and high tech and [Leonard] has that background,” explained Zakheim.

Zakheim said Leonard will also lead the firm's new technology practice, which will launch this year.

Some of Leonard's objectives are to take the firm to the next level as it builds its offerings and moves into the high-tech space, which was one of its core sectors when the firm was founded, she said.

Leonard added that she will also guide staff members, work on new business, and counsel clients.

This story was updated on March 5 with quotes from Zakheim.

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