Finn Partners hired William Nowling as senior partner in its Detroit office. Before joining the firm, Nowling effectively managed the city of Detroit’s recent municipal bankruptcy filing while acting as comms director for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn D. Orr. In the new role, he will direct strategy for the office on both the local and national levels while also attending to business growth and development concerns. Founding partner Peter Finn writes, “Finn Partners believes in Detroit’s renaissance…we see tremendous potential in Detroit and we’re deepening our commitment by expanding local capabilities.” Finn also hired Angela Corsi Leon, formerly of Weber Shandwick, as AVP of the Detroit office.
Carmichael Lynch of Minneapolis promoted Neil Goodspeed to the position of senior partner/director of consumer engagement. Goodspeed, who began his career in advertising and worked at agencies BBDO and OMD before landing the senior promotion planner position at General Mills, spearheaded a media plan for client Subaru which just won Adweek’s Media Plan of the Year Award.
Crisis comms expert and former journalist Gene Grabowski left LEVICK to join another D.C.-based firm, kglobal. As partner, Grabowski will handle business development, client services, and client counseling while directing major campaigns. He spent 11 years at Levick, rising to the title of EVP.
MWW acquired UK-based Braben, an agency specializing in media, tech, and advertising. This is the firm’s second overseas acquisition (it bought Parys Communications in 2013) as it looks to expand its UK/European presence. The new acquisition will join MWW’s technology, media and telecoms division, and several of its executives will officially join the MWW team: founder Sarah Locke will be global brand ambassador and Managing Director Matt Bourn will serve as SVP/Head of the MWW European Media Practice.
Jules Feiler, former 5WPR SVP, has launched a new division of his firm The Pitching Staff called TPS: Film Unit. The new group will work exclusively with independent filmmakers looking to promote their work. (Everything PR)
Man Made Music, a music company that specializes in sonic branding, hired Kevin Perlmutter, former Senior Director of Brand Strategy at Interbrand, as its SVP and chief strategist. Over seven years at Interbrand, Perlmutter oversaw the agency’s relationships with clients like AT&T, Nintendo, and TBS, among others. In his new role he will “implement a new set of capabilities and offerings” while helping the agency manage its relationships with clients (which have included The Weather Channel, Southwest Airlines, Barbie, the Super Bowl on NBC and others. (ICMYI, here’s a 2013 post on the agency’s work for Univision.)