Burson-Marsteller swiped an Ogilvy veteran to serve as its EVP and chief client officer in the US. Jon Wentzel , who most recently held the Executive Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs Practice Lead position in Ogilvy’s Western region and previously ran the firm’s Washington-area public affairs practice, will aim to build client relationships and ensure that all of the firm’s partners have “access to Burson-Marsteller’s full suite of services.” (Release)
B-M also lost one: Edelman poached former Senior Director David Roznowski to be SVP of its Houston office. The crisis comms veteran, who spent only six months with B-M after holding the comms leader position at BP Products of North America, will manage Edelman South’s accounts in the energy sector and serve on its industry leadership team.
Edelman also hired former environmental reporter Dina Cappiello to serve as a VP in its Washington, DC office. (PR Week)
New York’s Rubenstein Public Relations signed Lauren Sachs as its new media relations manager. Sachs joins the firm from Big Machine Agency, where she served as comms director and “managed and executed media campaigns across numerous industries” from the agency’s London and New York offices. In the new role, Sachs will “leverage her extensive roster of media contacts” to earn coverage for Rubenstein’s clients.
Chris Lawrence, formerly SVP of Hill+Knowlton’s strategy unit, accepted a position as director of research for Finn Partners‘ Washington office. Lawrence, who specialized in “branding and reputation management” with H+K, Weber Shandwick, and others, will work to expand the practice and lead new business development. (Bulldog Reporter)