PR Rundown, 6.1.2015: Waggener Edstrom, CMT, Lee Enterprises

And news from The Lagrant Foundation and Porter Novelli.

SEATTLE: Waggener Edstrom Communications has named Kass Sells as president of North America. He previously worked as global client lead at Wunderman and a member of its executive leadership team. Sells will report to Melissa Waggener Zorkin, CEO, president, and founder of the firm.

NASHVILLE, TN: CMT has appointed Kurt Patat as SVP of communications. He is reporting to Brian Philips, president of CMT. Patat is overseeing all media relations and internal comms for the network, while managing publicity teams in Santa Monica, CA, and Nashville, TN.

DAVENPORT, IA: Lee Enterprises has named Charles Arms as director of corporate communications. He succeeded Dan Hayes, who retired after 45 years at the company. Arms previously worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in various business roles.

LOS ANGELES: Rob Mathias, North America CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations, has joined the board of directors of The Lagrant Foundation. "I am proud to be a part of TLF’s board of directors and help the organization strive towards its mission to increase ethnic diversity in the communications field," Mathias said in a statement.

NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has named Linda Martin and Adam Scholder as MDs in its Southern California and Chicago offices, respectively. Both are reporting to Brad MacAfee, president for North America.

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