Just Briefly

People moves, account wins and other comms news.

People moves

HACKENSACK, NJ
International public relations firm the Steinreich Communications Group has hired David Gill, a former senior editor at home furnishings trade publication HFN, as content manager. 

NEW YORK
American International Group
(AIG) has hired Dana Ripley as VP and global head of media and external communications.

CHICAGO
Resolute Public Affairs
has hired Raul Alvillar, formerly campaign state director in New Mexico for the Biden campaign, as an EVP.

DETROIT
Walter Ward has been named chief of staff of public relations, investor relations and integrated marketing firm Lambert & Co.

LOS ANGELES
The Pollack Group
has hired Alex Nathanson as its new technology practice lead. 

MINNEAPOLIS
Padilla
has promoted Michelle Amoroso from senior director to vice president in its food, beverage and nutrition practice; Brandon Skop from senior director to vice president in the health practice; Lauren Tannenbaum from brand director to senior brand director at Joe Smith, a division focused on brand consulting, innovation and design; and Joel Erb from senior director to vice president in the creative and digital group.

NEW YORK
The PR Council
has elected its 2021 officers and new board members. The chair is Heather Kernahan, North American CEO of Hotwire; vice chair is Chris Foster, president in North America of BCW Global Group; treasurer is Mike Santoro, the president, Walker Sands and the secretary is Cheryl Gale, the president of March Communications.

The PR Council directors are Rebecca Honeyman, managing partner at SourceCode Communications; Dave Imre, CEO of imre; Diana Littman, US CEO of MSL; Josh Rosenberg, co-founder and CEO, Day One Agency; Ellen Ryan Mardiks, global chairman of Golin; and Trisch Smith, global chief diversity and inclusion officer at Edelman.

Prosek Partners has hired Anne Swan as chief creative officer. 

DKC has hired Guy King as a VP on its public affairs and media tech teams. King was Communications director and chief spokesperson for the Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate campaign in South Carolina.

Capstone Hill Search has hired Rachel Ramos as VP and Brianna Hartz as managing consultant. 

SANTA MONICA, CA
H Code Media
has hired Damian Benders as GM of B Code, a new division created to reach, target, and influence Black Americans.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
FCB Brasil
has hired Ary Nogueira and Rafael Pascarella as associate creative directors. 

WASHINGTON, DC
Comms firm GMMB named Sharon Jones MD and chief diversity, equity, inclusion and growth officer. 

XCARET, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
Sustainable tourism brand Grupo Xcaret has hired Zapwater Communications and Studio Jungla as AOR in the U.S. and Canada. 

Account wins

EAST NORTHPORT, NY
High-tech and consumer electronics shop Thomas Public Relations has four new clients: video stabilization technology company FeiyuTech; professional broadcast level audio company Comica Audio; chemical-free UV-C disinfection technology iCleanse; and rapid freezing ice cream smart appliance creator ColdSnap.

MIAMI, FL
BMW Group
has hired JeffreyGroup as its communications partner in Brazil, expanding the agency’s relationship with BMW Group Latin America.  The team in Brazil will manage media, influencer and internal communications for the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands.

MIRAMAR, FL
Property management solution company BetterNOI has hired strategic comms firm Marino.

NEW YORK
M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment NYC is now AOR for fitness wearable brand WHOOP.

Other comms news

NEW YORK
Marathon Strategies
has released its biennial Meet the Freshmen, a guide to the newly elected members of Congress and an overview of the positions they have taken.

Entries are now open for PRSA’s 2021 Silver and Bronze Anvil Awards.

PHILADELPHIA
Full-service lifestyle marketing and communications agency Cashman & Associates has launched a small-group public relations and marketing student masterclass program in partnership with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. 

TRENTON
Trenton-based advertising agency EFK Group has merged with Winning Strategies Public Relations, based in Newark.

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