Heather Riley has been promoted to vice president, Communications for ABC News. In this new role, Heather will help manage the overall communications strategy for ABC News. She’ll oversee the publicists at GMA and This Week and work closely with the company’s Washington bureau. Heather has been a member of ABC’s PR team since she joined the news division in 2011. Heather is a 10-year PR veteran with experience at the White House, MSNBC and National Geographic magazine.
French/West/Vaughan (F/W/V) announced 10 new hires and six promotions. Associate Creative Director Dawn Marie Strzepek joins the firm from Petco Animal Supplies; Media Director Mibbie Majors joins from Carat, an ad agency based in Detroit; Senior Designer Jarrett Arant served as a designer at Delta Apparel; Senior Account Executive Ryan Roccaforte worked at ASGK Public Strategies and FleishmanHillard; Social Media Analyst Jessica Berinson joins the firm from Ignite Social Media of North Carolina; Digital Media Planner Ben Gartman started his own marketing company called Brokrr; Sally Van Denover will be account coordinator; Molly Ashbaugh will be a production artist; Kathryn DeLong will be an account executive; and Charli McKee will be studio coordinator.
F/W/V also promoted Scott Palmer to digital and social media director, Rachel Wing to group account director, Rich Griffisto art director, Claire Simmons to senior account supervisor, Laura Wallenta to senior account executive and Lauren Towns to account executive.
Consumer PR/marketing agency DeVries Global announced a new partnership with Spain’s Lina Ortas Comunicacion. The two agencies will collaborate to better serve shared clients on a global basis and to work together in developing social and creative projects. (Event Magazine)
FleishmanHillard Asia-Pacific president Lynne Anne Davis has been named president of the PR jury for the next Cannes International Festival of Creativity. Davis, who has been with the agency since 1990 and run its Asia-Pacific operations since 2001, recently performed a similar function at the 2013 Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity. She writes, “PR is at the heart of the world’s greatest campaigns…making emotional connections, revealing human truths, opening minds, touching hearts and inspiring action in groundbreaking ways.” (Release)