Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, MSLGROUP, Brunswick Group, and More

A roundup of major recent staffing changes within the communications industry.

Burson-Marsteller announced that Terri-Helen Gaynor has joined the company as president and chief executive officer, Asia-Pacific, effective immediately. Gaynor succeeds Patrick Ford, who had been chair of the Asia-Pacific region since October 2012. Ford will continue as worldwide vice chair and chief client officer and as chair of the Asia-Pacific region through the leadership transition, serving as a senior advisor to Gaynor. Gaynor’s 30-year career spans the full spectrum of corporate communications, from internal communications to investor relations and marketing communications programs. She has led numerous teams on initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers & acquisitions (M&As) and takeover bids. She also has deep knowledge of the global health industry and offers vast experience counseling government officials. In her new role, she will be based in Hong Kong. (Release)

MSLGROUP has appointed creative veteran Gailanne Grosso as the executive creative director of its New York office. Grosso will be responsible for leading the office’s creative ideation and brand development work with a charge to further expand the office’s creative offering. Previously, Grosso held senior creative positions at Edelman Worldwide as executive vice president, U.S. creative director, at Saatchi & Saatchi as group creative director, and also has been with Young & Rubicam, DMB&B and Ketchum Advertising. (Release)

Brunswick Group announced that former Pentagon Press Secretary and Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George Little will join the firm as a partner in its growing Washington, D.C. office. Also, former Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent, Siobhan Gorman has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a director. Both Dr. Little and Ms. Gorman will focus heavily on growing the firm’s Corporate Data and Privacy practice globally. (Release)

Weber Shandwick announced the appointment of Adam Clyne as head of the firm’s growing digital and social media business in EMEA. Based in London, Clyne will lead digital operations across Weber Shandwick’s 33 office network in EMEA. Clyne joins from The Economist Group and its recently-acquired TVC digital communications business, where he served as commercial director, responsible for positioning the firm as a leading content agency and subsequently expanded the firm into Europe and the U.S. as managing director, TVC International. Previously, Clyne served as managing director and commercial director at public relations agency Geronimo Communications (now Kindred). Earlier, he founded integrated creative agency The Lab, which merged into Geronimo. (Release)

Konnect Public Relations started the new year with the opening of a new agency location in Austin, Texas. Now open in SoLa (South Lamar), Konnect PR’s Austin office will continue to service food and beverage brands, baby and children’s products and franchise concepts. The office will represent many clients already in the area, while expanding its reach to the multitude of dynamic consumer brands in the region. Two of Konnect PR’s LA-based managers, Shelby Fox and Jessica Lieu made the move to Austin to head the new office. Shelby was promoted to Managing Director and will be permanently based in Austin while Jessica will be based at the new office for the next 6-months. (Release)

M Booth announced the appointment of Adrianna G. Bevilaqua as chief creative officer. Bevilaqua was previously managing director of Creative and Strategic Planning at DeVries Global, where she built the firm’s creative and social media departments and drove impressive digital growth year over year. She also led the insights around marketing to the non-mom demographic in the white paper “Shades of Otherhood.” In her new role, she will be responsible for the agency’s “integrated, 360-degree approach to ideation,” working collaboratively with her colleagues across Planning, Analytics, Social, Media and Content.

Brendan Lewis, director of corporate communications at Foursquare, will be leaving his position to lead communications at music-identification app Shazam. Lewis, who was named Foursquare’s first head of communications in February 2013, will start in that role at Shazam on January 20. In this newly-created position, Lewis will report to Shazam CMO Patricia Parra. Lewis said one of his short-term goals is to “get the full breadth of [the brand’s] story” and learn about the company. Prior to Foursquare, Lewis served as director of corporate communications at LivingSocial, and before that, he was director of social media at WCG. (PRWeek)

Broadcast Music, Inc. has named Liz Fischer  VP/Corporate Communications and Marketing, effective immediately. In this role, Fischer will oversee BMI’s Corporate Communications and Marketing functions, including the company’s media relations strategy, advocacy communications, corporate and digital marketing and social media programs. She will also ensure the consistent delivery and execution of BMI’s brand messaging across all platforms. (Release)

Voya Financial, Inc. announced that Paul J. Gennaro has joined the company as senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief communications officer. In this role, he will oversee all internal and external communications for Voya Financial, serving as a strategic advisor to senior management, setting the overall communications strategy, and both further defining and protecting the company’s reputation with key stakeholders. He will report to Chairman and CEO Rodney O. Martin, Jr. (Release)

The Glover Park Group (GPG) today announced that Winnie Lerner has joined the firm as a managing director and head of the New York office. In this role, Lerner will be responsible for expanding the firm’s growing corporate communications and capital markets practice. Lerner comes to GPG from Ralph Lauren, where she ran global corporate communications. Prior to that, Lerner spent nearly seventeen years at The Abernathy MacGregor Group providing financial public relations, M&A, crisis and investor relations counsel to an array of publicly-traded companies, ultimately becoming the firm’s co-president. (Release)

Katie Kempner, who previously served as full-time chief communications officer at advertising agency Crispin, Porter & Bogusky, has launched her own firm called Kempner Communications, a “high end consultancy specializing in creative and corporate communications, reputation and brand management, crisis communications, media training and content creation.” Kempner will continue to handle communications duties for CP+B while seeking new clients, blogging for HuffPo and others, and running her online show Perspectives, which aims to “inspire and empower working women.”