Roll Call: Edelman, Eastwick, Aon and More

Michelle Hutton will be head of Edelman’s Global Consumer Marketing practice effective November 1st. Hutton, who currently serves as CEO of Edelman Australia, will succeed Jennifer Cohan, who was recently named president of Edelman New York. Cohan will relocate to the firm’s London office and report to president of practices, sectors and offerings Ben Boyd. The release notes that Edelman’s Australian office tripled in size during Hutton’s tenure and that she oversaw the 2012 acquisition of digital agency Design Royale. Before joining Edelman, Hutton served as chief executive of Hill & Knowlton’s Australasian practice. (mUmBRELLA)

Sunnyvale, California’s tech-focused comms firm Eastwick announced several new hires marking the expansion of its various services. Eastwick, which opened its first New York office in April, named Sahana Jayaraman as VP of its Digital & Content Marketing Group. Jayaraman, who joined Eastwick in February after stints in digital and social at Peppercom and FleishmanHillard, will handle the development, delivery and promotion of sponsored content across all channels.

Jun Quintana, who previously served as VP of research and analytics at Fleishman’s San Francisco office, now leads the same group at Eastwick.

Michael Kanellos has been promoted from VP to SVP. Kanellos previously reported on tech and green concerns for C|Net and Greentech Media, and in his new position he will head Eastwick’s Editorial Group to help produce written materials for clients. He will continue to lead the Cleantech group as well.

Dave De Jear joins Eastwick as SVP of client services after serving as senior director of corporate communications at Bay Area software producer Sophos.

Sharon Chan, who joined the firm in 2012, has been promoted to industry lead for the Asia-Pacific region. In her new role, she will lead Eastwick’s efforts to advise companies expanding their services in both the US and APAC. (Release)

The Eastwick team added several additional members as well:

  • Jason Brown and Stephanie Kays will be directors of the Cleantech group. Brown served as comms director for New York’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Kays was an account supervisor at Blanc & Otus.
  • Vicki Cook is now a director at Eastwick. She joins the firm from Sydney, Australia’s One Green Bean, where she was senior account director.
  • Michelle Ragsdale is also a director. She previously served as senior corporate comms manager at business software company Lanyon.
  • Eastwick hired Duncan Martell as senior writer. Martell brings more than a decade of journalistic experience at Reuters and Bloomberg to the new role; he previously worked at San Francisco’s dlm Consulting as a media coach.

Andy Weitz, who served as CEO for Hill+Knowlton‘s US operations, is leaving to join London-based insurance company Aon as VP of global marketing and communications.  (O’Dwyer’s)

Paul Cordasco, who spent more than seven years as managing director at Burson-Marsteller, has joined ad tech company PubMatic as senior director of corporate comms. His last day at the firm was September 26th. Cordasco, who handled media relations and web/social media management at Burson, will lead comms and social media strategy at the company. (PR Week)

London-based firm Portland announced the opening of its first Washington, D.C. office. David MacKay, who joined the firm as general manager for the U.S. region, will run both the new office and the one in New York. He brings more than three decades of experience to the role including stints at FleishmanHillard, Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum. The firm was founded in 2001 by Tim Allan, who had previously performed advisory duties for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.