Jill Bratina Kermes has been named SVP of corporate affairs in Ketchum’s Washington D.C. office. She was most recently the VP of brand and corporate communications for Volkswagen of America. Her new job brings her back to Ketchum, where she worked on litigation communications in the late 1990s. She has also worked as comms director for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and worked with Public Strategies.
In other Ketchum news, Ketchum Pleon Paris has merged with DDB Financial, another Omnicom firm. DDB Financial provides shareholder comms, analyst relations, IR, and other financial comms services. DDB will continue to operate under that name and Fabrice Baron will continue as president with the firm working in the Ketchum Pleon Paris offices. The two firms already collaborate for two clients: Vallourec and Klepierre.
Olga Fleming has joined Cohn & Wolfe as EVP, MD of healthcare in New York. She joins from Chandler Chicco company Biosector 2 where she worked with pharma businesses here and abroad. Among the clients she has worked with are Pfizer and Novartis.
Lippe Taylor Brand Communications has two new execs. Lori Rubinson joins as chief strategy officer from The Joey Company. She’s also worked with P&G and Marina Maher Communications. Eric Blinderman joins the firm as EVP. He was previously with Fleishman-Hillard in New York for 14 years working with clients like Gatorade and was chair of the North American consumer practice.
Leslie Simmons has been promoted to assistant director of the comms department for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the entertainment and media labor union. Simmons will run the department after the current director Christopher de Haan leaves to join 42West. [via Deadline]
Anne Bologna has left Cramer-Krasseltafter 18 months to join MDC Partners as an MD. MDC has been hiring at the executive level; the company now has the first chief procurement officer for a holding company, Brett Colbert, and recently hired one of Bologna’s old business partners, David Dabill. Among MDC’s firms are Kwittken & Co and Allison & Partners. [via Ad Age]