Roll Call: DKC PR, LE&A, Praytell Strategy, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

DKC Public Relations turned to the editorial side in hiring Kristin Boehm to run DKC Connect, its digital division. Before moving into the agency world, Boehm held several positions within the People magazine organization, first serving as the publication’s news editor before simultaneously running its digital operations and working to integrate the print and online properties as deputy editor. As director of DKC Connect, she will create content for clients and direct related strategies/engagement efforts. (Release)

Michigan’s Lambert, Edwards & Associates promoted Jeremy Bakken to the senior director position. Bakken, who has been with the firm for nearly a decade after spending five years as account manager with Straightline Public Relations, will handle “a variety of consumer-focused accounts” in his new role. (Bulldog Reporter)

Brooklyn, New York’s Praytell Strategy announced new hires after winning a PR Week award for Boutique Agency of the Year and taking some slammin’ selfies in the process. Nate Jaffee will be head of brand strategy while Adam Dalton will be senior designer; Jaffee held client-side positions as brand manager, Mountain Dew for PepsiCo and director of strategic planning for Puma before joining the agency world with Spredfast (formerly Mass Relevance) and Dalton previously served as art director for live events company SFX Entertainment.

Rebecca Kirzner Katz, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s key advisor and “a close confidante” of his family, is leaving his administration to accept a partnership position at political consulting firm Hilltop Public Solutions, which both employs de Blasio’s former campaign manager and promotes some of his pet causes. Katz, who arranged celebrity events and appearances on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, will “continue advising de Blasio” in an unnamed capacity. (The New York Times)

Glover Park Group of Washington, DC hired Robert Seidman to serve as VP of its government affairs practice focusing on tech and comms-related clients. Seidman, who most recently served as an advisor to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, also worked for Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and held a director of intergovernmental affairs position in the Department of Commerce under President George W. Bush. He spent seven years as an assistant to the CEO of the National Rifle Association, so he knows a bit about battling the press. (Politico)

Comcast promoted Juan Otero to lead its federal government relations team as VP. Otero, who sits on the boards of various Hispanic leadership groups, previously served as committee director for the National Governors Association and as deputy director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Before joining DHS, he worked as Principal Counsel for the National League of Cities. (Release)