Just briefly

People moves, account wins and other PR miscellany.

Just briefly

People moves

Integrated public relations and communications agency G&S Business Communications has named Tori Nystrom VP.

PRSA Chicago has announced the 2021 slate of its board of directors.

The Executive Committee is: president Christie Zielinski, VP at Kemper Lesnik; president-elect Natasha Vuppuluri, director of marketing at MSL and treasurer Josh Kauffman, communications and digital transformation leader at Abbott Labs and CEO and founder of KraftComm Consulting Group.

The board of directors includes: Carleigh Rinefierd, senior account manager at Mekky Media Relations; Madeline Petschow, senior associate at Golin; Michelle Flowers, founder and CEO of Flowers Communications Group; Mailee Garcia, CCO and CMO at Heartland Alliance; Toya Webb, chief marketing and communications officer at Elgin Community College; Naomi Adams Bata, VP of communications at Financial Health Network; Joseph Tateoka, VP and talent director at Edelman. 

The board also includes: Kayee Ip, manager, CAP Presenters Program and Media Relations at the College of American Pathologists; Ric Bachrach, CEO of Celebrity Focus; Jamie Born, principal of Born Communications; Catherine Turco, GM and principal at Kivvit; Kevin Thiel, supervisor and client lead at Publicis Media; Kelsey Schroeder, PR account supervisor at Jacobson Rost; Bill Parke, principal of W.H. Parke Co.; Ginger Porter, midwest president at Golin; Virginia Devlin, CEO of Current Global; Meagan Finucane, healthcare associate at Golin; Lauren Kelly, senior publicist at Zapwater Communications; Jen Beshansky, senior specialist, global communications at Adtalem Global Education and Deb Song, director of public relations for Cook County Health.

Crain’s reports that public relations firm Franco promoted president Tina Kozak to CEO. Former CEO Dan Ponder will continue as chairman and Tina Benvenuti Sullivan is now president.

Pierpont Communications
has promoted Elysa Nelson to SVP and Dave Stump to SVP of business development. 

The Hispanic Public Relations Association has announced that Sonia V. Diaz of Balsera Communications is president of its executive board for its 2021-2022 term. Jaime Rojas of Los Angeles-based Rojas Communications Group will serve as president-elect for 2022.

The treasurer is Elia Verduzco, OCTA and secretary, Maggie Santos, City of Doral. Directors at large are Darcy Brito, AFLAC; Mario Flores, Sportivo; Maggie Hernandez, Cision; Mayra Ramos Miró, Red Heels PR; Jennifer Morales, Amazon; Carla Santiago, Edelman and Oscar Suris, Zeno Group. BRAVO committee co-chairs are Andy Checo, Havas FORMULATIN and Brenda Mendoza, Guardian Life.

HPRA chapter presidents include: Los Angeles - Jaime Rojas, Rojas Communications Group; Miami - Erika Cruz, Edelman; New York - Erika Sanchez, Braid Communications; Texas - Audrey Ponzio, APC Collective; The Carolinas -Natalia Flores, Inspire PR and HPRA Collegiate - Catalina Santana, University of Florida.

American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines (part of the Hornblower Group) have hired Colleen Rodriguez as senior director of marketing and Michael Hicks as director of marketing communications.

PRSA has named Ben Butler and Rick Callender as senior counsels to the 2021 Board of Directors. 

Evoke KYNE has hired Marina Linderman as senior art director, Maria Ioannides as director of social media and Chuniq Inpower as senior manager of digital strategy.

End-to-end Zero Trust segmentation provider Illumio has named Shay Mowlem CMO.

Chris Harris, who was formerly senate communications director and senior advisor to  VP Kamala Harris while she was in the Senate is joining Weber Shandwick's public affairs unit Powell Tate as VP, public affairs and social impact.

Account wins 

Financial solutions company Manhattan West Asset Management hired technology, entertainment and corporate public relations agency Bob Gold & Associates to manage its corporate communications.

Australian payments company Openpay has chosen The Pollack Group as its US communications agency to launch its operations in the US.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has been hired by Elysian Brewing, as public relations AOR in North America

Virtual care company eVisit has hired healthcare and technology public relations and marketing firm Amendola Communications to manage media outreach and thought leadership initiatives. 

Other PR news

Creative/ad shop Push Digital has launched the Laurens Group, a strategic communications firm offering integrated public relations and reputation management services.           

Rich Silverman has launched a new communications consultancy called RTS Strategic Communications that will provide counsel on communications matters -- from formulating strategic plans and providing hands-on support.

PRSSA announced that the University of San Francisco and Vanguard University will establish PRSSA chapters. California now has 26 schools affiliated with PRSSA.

FINN Partners has created the Travel Practice Advisory Board to bring “together senior expertise from FINN’s global health, tech, public affairs and sustainability practices to further support current and future destination and travel clients on the road to recovery from the impact of the global pandemic.” The founding members are Taleb Rifai and David Scowsill.

Comms agency JConnelly has acquired AdvisorPR, a boutique public relations and marketing company that specializes in working with wealth management firms. 

Full-service marketing agency AMF Media Group has hired the team from communications consultancy Connext effective Feb. 1. Connext Services will now be an AMF service offering.

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