Roll Call: Hill+Knowlton, MWW, WPP, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has named Ellen Moran an executive vice president and the general manager of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Moran formerly served as the White House communications director for President Obama and former executive director of EMILY’s List, and she joins H+K Strategies from a sister agency, Dewey Square Group, which she joined in 2012 as a principal bringing more than two decades of experience working in the highest levels of government, politics and communications. She begins her new role at H+K on March 23. (Release)

MWW signed Paul Tencher, another political veteran, as senior vice president, national director of public affairs and deputy director of its Washington, DC office. Before joining the firm, Tencher worked on the campaigns of various Democratic politicians across the country; he also worked as a strategic adviser to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In the new role, he will handle public affairs and advise clients on influencer engagement strategies while helping to grow the firm’s DC-area operations. (Release)

Holding company WPP promoted Chief Strategy Officer Scott Spirit to the chief digital officer position. He will replace Mark Read, former chief digital executive at WPP, who became chief executive of WPP agency Wunderman in January. (Campaign Live)

Katherine Goehring, formerly of Rubenstein Associates and Martha Stewart Living, has joined Austin-based consultancy Vianovo as a partner. Goehring, who ran comms and investor relations for Stewart and will continue to work there as an outside consultant, will advise clients on “high-stakes brand, policy and crisis issues.” (Release)