Roll Call: Edelman, Ruder Finn, DKC PR, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

Edelman named Jennifer Simon, a veteran of the Obama administration, as the new SVP of “business + social purpose” in its New York headquarters. Simon, who previously served as director of international affairs for Michelle Obama, will work closely with the firm’s public affairs group and report directly to group head of B+SP Freya Williams and group head of public affairs Brian Ellner. (Release)

Ruder Finn announced three new senior hires to expand its health practice. Mary Conway, EVP and head of healthcare media, brings more than 25 years experience to the new role; she began her career with Rubenstein Associates. Alice Sofield, SVP and media/publicity specialist, will work out of the firm’s DC office and serve as head counsel “for FDA and HHS activity.” Jenn Gordon, VP and media specialist, is an accomplished media trainer on both the patient and physician sides of the healthcare equation. (Release)

Industry veteran Dusty Bennett joined DKC Public Relations as its SVP of events and production. In the new role, Bennett will lead the agency’s event marketing arm DKC INCITE; he previously served as VP/senior producer for Blue Man Productions and president/producer of Takeoff Productions. Prior to that position, he organized events for The Walt Disney Company including a White House State Dinner performance of The Lion King. (Release)

Rubenstein Public Relations of New York signed Mitchell Breindel to serve as VP of its real estate division. Breindel, who previously served as director at Beckerman PR, will manage media strategies for three of Rubenstein’s real estate key clients: investment firm The Witkoff Group, marketing firm The Mark Company, and “animal handling facility” The ARK at JFK. (Release)

Grayling Hong Kong — part of the Huntsman Group — promoted Associate Director Neelash Hotwani to the role of director and hired Holly Axelrad of London to replace him in the AD position. (mUmbrella)