Roll Call: Spark PR, Ogilvy, DNA PR, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

Spark PR announced a couple of changes in its West Coast operations: Senior Managing Director Tim Turpin was promoted to General Manager of the San Francisco office and Senior Director Stephan Pechdimaldji launched the firm’s first sports tech and media practice group. Turpin will run all of Spark’s practice groups in the San Francisco bay area, while Pechdmialdji tells us that the new group will be “specifically for companies that are in sports,” listing clients from news site Bleacher Report to “sports apps” and others in the “sports data arena…[offering] tech to help teams, leagues, and fans become smarter.” Pechdimal says that “this doesn’t change our practices in the category; we’re still scaling, and Spark provided me with the ability to do so…it’s another manifestation of the expansion.” (Release)

Ogilvy Public Relations Indonesia announce Misty Maitimoe as the new deputy managing director of the organization. Misty, who brings over 19 years of experience in Indonesia’s PR industry to her new role, she will be working closely with the Managing Director for the design and development of business and communication solutions that drive client campaigns and business growth.

GMR Marketing announced two promotions within the newly created Program Solutions Department. Tony Fowler is now senior vice president, Program Solutions. He was previously vice president. John Lersch is moving up from senior director to vice president, Program Solutions. Lersch has been with GMR for almost 15 years, starting as an account coordinator, and Fowler joined GMR in 2003 as an account executive.

DNA Public Relations has announced the promotion of Barbara Accetta from account director to vice president. After joining DNA Public Relations in May 2013 as an award-winning PR Director, Barbara led a roster of national beauty brands and spearheaded initiatives beyond her role to include revamping business practices and single-handedly rebranding the agency, from logo to online presence. In addition to her contributions within agency operations, Barbara continues to lead public relations efforts for a wide range of accounts and has been instrumental in the success of DNA’s social media management services. (Patch)

Meredith Williams has joined Crosby Marketing Communications as an executive vice president and co-leader of its Government Practice. Williams has a 20+ year history in the communications field working on federal contracts related to public education, health care and behavior change programs. She has led many large, integrated campaigns for federal agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs, Centers for Disease Control, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and others. Most recently, she served as a principal associate for Abt Associates and prior to that was a partner/strategic communications practice lead for the government group for the Gallup organization. (Release)