Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton, Ketchum, W2O Group, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hired Mike Azzi, longtime veteran of the IBM organization, as SVP leading its New York tech practice. Azzi, who most recently led PR for the latter company’s cloud computing, will work to grow the department and serve clients in the “including cloud, mobile, big data, social, security and ecommerce” fields. He reports to New York GM Chris Winans and plans to work closely with tech practice leader Jodi Baumann.

W2O Group announced the promotion of President Bob Pearson and others in a release focused on a “a 10 percent increase in revenue” for 2014 across the firm’s WCG, Twist and Brewlife units. Pearson will now be chief intelligence officer in addition to his presidential duties. Other promotions include:

  • Jennifer Gottlieb, who will now be chief operating officer and head of client service for W2O Group
  • Annalise Coady, who will now be president of Twist
  • Aaron Strout, who will run WCG from Silicon Valley
  • Carolyn Wang, now president of BrewLife
  • Paul Dyer, who will lead the “yet-to-be renamed Analytics and Insights company” along with Managing Director Seth Duncan
  • Paulo Simas and Gary Grates, who will work together to “lead and grow a Global Business Design practice” (Release)

Ketchum elected eleven new partners from LA to Dusseldorf to serve as members of its management team; you’ll have to click through to see their names. (Release)

The Glover Park Group has appointed Tod Preston as senior vice president of the Government Affairs practice. In this role, Preston will focus primarily on foreign policy, national security and international development issues. He most recently served as director of government relations for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). Prior to joining the USGLC, Preston was vice president for U.S. government relations at Population Action International (PAI).

Geoff Curtis, formerly senior VP for health media at Edelman, has moved to Horizon Pharma to serve as group VP of corporate communications. Curtis has previously held senior agency roles in healthcare with GCI Group, WCG and most recently Edelman. In his new roll, will oversee corporate and product comms., media relations and internal comms. (O’Dwyer’s)

Anthem has tapped Allergan’s VP of corporate affairs and PR Bonnie Jacobs as senior VP of corporate communications. In this role, Jacobs heads executive and internal communications as well as PR Anthem, and she will be responsible for developing and implementing the company’s communications strategy. (O’Dwyer’s)

Veteran marriage equality strategist Kevin Nix has launched Playbook Strategies, a strategic communications firm focusing on legislative, ballot, and judicial campaigns. Nix has spent a decade working in Washington, D.C., working for marriage equality, and has served in senior communications roles with Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign. Nix has also worked as an aide to two U.S. Senators and helped launch Media Matters for America.

BitTorrent has promoted Christian Averill to VP of global communications and brand.  Averill assumed the newly-created role at the beginning of April, and his responsibilities include managing brand awareness and education campaigns focused on BitTorrent technology and the company’s mission. Averill will also oversee product interactions. (PRWeek)