PR Rundown, 2.10.2015: Waggener Edstrom, Alcoa, Porter Novelli

And news from Twist Mktg, Carnegie Mellon University, First Niagara Financial Group, and 451 Marketing.

SEATTLE: F5 Networks brought on Waggener Edstrom Communications last year as its communications AOR. Employees in the firm’s Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle offices will work on the account.  

NEW YORK: Alcoa has hired Nahla Azmy as VP of investor relations. She was previously VP of IR and communications for Rockwood Holdings, a specialty chemicals company. Azmy is succeeding Kelly Pasterick, who was named VP of global financial processes for global primary products at Alcoa.

SEATTLE: W2O Group firm Twist Mktg has brought on Jon Maron as MD, leading its technology practice. He will open and lead an office in Seattle and work to grow its team there. Maron was previously VP of marketing and corporate communications at INRIX and has worked at HTC and Ketchum.

NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has appointed two partners: Dave Black, EVP and cofounder of subsidiary Voce Communications, and EVP and global health and wellness practice director Paul George. Porter acquired Voce in 1999.

PITTSBURGH: Carnegie Mellon University has named Steve Kloehn, associate VP for news and public affairs at the University of Chicago, as VP for marketing and communications. He will lead efforts to expand the university’s visibility when he steps into the role on April 7.

BUFFALO: First Niagara Financial Group has promoted Kate White to EVP and MD of human resources and corporate communications, reporting to president and CEO Gary Crosby. She was previously SVP and MD of HR and corporate comms.

BOSTON: 451 Marketing has hired Lisa Bell as VP of consumer public relations. Previously, she was SVP at Regan Communications and communications manager at Mullen. Bell has also worked at Citigate Cunningham, GS Schwartz & Co., and Burson-Marsteller.

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