Roll Call: M&C Saatchi, Hill+Knowlton, MWW, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

M&C Saatchi PR named Laura Hall as its U.S. managing director and head of its New York office. Hall, who has officially been in the position since the beginning of the year, joins after leading her own consultancy for more two years and brings more than two decades of experience to the new job; previous roles include managing director at Burson-Marsteller New York, VP at FleishmanHillard San Francisco, account director at Weber Shandwick, senior account executive at Hill+Knowlton, and many more. As head of operations in the United States, Hall will work closely with senior management and report directly to global CEO Molly Aldridge.

MWW hired Sarah Lewis, a registered dietitian, to serve as manager of nutritional communications in its New Jersey-based consumer practice. Lewis, began her career with Ketchum, will advise clients on “nutrition-based strategies and programs.” She will also handle account management and influencer relations in the health care and nutrition fields. (Release)

Claudia Gioia is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies on April 1 as head of the firm’s Latin American region. In her role as president and CEO of Latin America, reporting to Americas president and CEO Mike Coates, Gioia takes the helm of a six-market operation with an expanding roster of global and local brands. Gioia joins H+K from fellow WPP agency Burson-Marsteller with extensive experience over several positions during her 19-year tenure at the agency. Most recently she was EVP for the Burson-Marsteller Miami office and led the U.S. Hispanic discipline. Gioia also has been the WPP Ford communications client leader for Latin America. (Release)

Henson Consulting of Chicago hired Michelle Mekky as its senior strategist/director of new business. Mekky, who has a journalism background, began her career as a local TV news producer; she will assist on account strategy and for existing clients while pitching new ones. Before joining Henson, Mekky held executive positions at various Chicago communications firms and worked with clients in the hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, tech, financial, and legal fields.

Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) announced the promotion of James Steven to the post of executive vice president, Communications & Marketing, effective immediately. As a member of WMG’s senior management team, Mr. Steven, who is based at the company’s headquarters in New York, will be responsible for WMG’s worldwide communications and corporate marketing functions, including external and internal communications, investor relations, social responsibility, and special events. He will also oversee the interaction and coordination of the communications functions of WMG’s operating companies. Mr. Steven joined WMG in 2007 as part of the company’s international communications team based in London. (Release)

CMG Partners has hired Mark Schweitzer as a partner in the firm as of Monday, March 2, 2015. Schweitzer’s extensive marketing and product leadership experience in dynamic markets will fortify the firm’s recent growth. Before joining CMG Partners, Schweitzer was senior vice president of Marketing, Product Management and Marketing Communications for Comcast Business. He led the marketing, advertising and product lifecycle management efforts of Comcast Business voice, video, data and cloud solutions. He also oversaw the unit’s expansion into digital and social media marketing and spearheaded the brand platform “Comcast Business; Built for Business.”

SpecOps Communications announced that Kirt Rothe has joined the team as senior vice president. Prior to joining SpecOps Communications, Kirt Rothe returned to the Department of Homeland Security as Branch Chief of the DHS’s Glynco Training Directorate where he supervised and conducted applied research in order to keep the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at the cutting edge of Law Enforcement, as well as serving as the agency’s spokesperson in a variety of Law Enforcement topics. (Release)

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® announced the addition of Andrew Nathan as senior vice president of Asia Pacific and member of the executive team. In this newly created role, Nathan will be the primary driver of the company’s growth opportunities in Asia, including responsibility for company operations in Singapore and Malaysia. Nathan assumes responsibilities previously held by Victor Sassoon, CEO of Asia Pacific, who continues as a Board member of the company. Nathan will be based in Singapore. Nathan brings nearly 20 years of experience in the specialty coffee business, and specializes in leading and growing brands in Asia. He began his international career working with the US Peace Corps and the American Red Cross, and has held regional franchise and corporate market leadership positions for such global brands as Starbucks Coffee and Domino’s Pizza.  (Release)