PR Rundown, 2.9.2015: ASGK names former Emmanuel comms director as Chicago MD

Sarah Hamilton was previously director of communications and chief spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

CHICAGO: ASGK Public Strategies has hired Sarah Hamilton as MD in its Chicago office. She was previously director of communications and chief spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

Hamilton has also worked as director of public affairs for the Chicago Police Department and senior press secretary for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and as deputy director of communications for the Clinton Foundation.

NEW YORK: Revlon has brought on Benjamin Karsch as EVP and CMO for Revlon Consumer. He was most recently CMO of Cigna and previously led global marketing for the Las Vegas Sands. Karsch will lead Revlon Consumer’s global brand marketing, product development, consumer engagement, and PR in the role.

SEATTLE: PRR founder and CEO Rita Brogan has transitioned the agency to ownership and control by its employees. She will continue to serve as chair of its board of directors and work on several accounts. Forty percent of the company is now owned by employees, while the rest has been purchased by a group including co-presidents Colleen Gants, Keri Shoemaker, and Denise Walz, as well as others, the firm said in a statement.

SHARON, MA: Performance outerwear brand Charles River Apparel has hired 360 Public Relations as its PR and social media AOR, promoting its clothing to men, women, and children.

NEW YORK: Excelsior Wine Company has retained Conundrum as PR AOR for Little Black Dress Wines, charged with assisting the company with proactive and reactive communications for the brand, including outreach to trade and consumers.

NEW YORK: Property market MIPIM and Phipps & Co., a manufacturer of furniture, fixtures, and finishes for the commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors, have hired Rubenstein Public Relations.

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