Burson-Marsteller announced that Alan Sexton has been appointed to U.S. Chair, Corporate Practice and Tom Dowling has been appointed U.S. Chair, Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice, effective immediately. Sexton and Dowling will work closely with other practice and market leaders in North America under the leadership of U.S. CEO Dave DenHerder and U.S. president Michael Law. Sexton and Dowling will be responsible for leading and growing their respective practices across the United States. Sexton joined Burson-Marsteller in 2013 as New York market leader and will continue to lead the firm’s headquarters office. Since joining, Sexton has been involved in numerous new business initiatives, recruited new talent and worked across the New York office to strengthen Burson-Marsteller’s market presence. Throughout his career, Sexton has led integrated, interdisciplinary campaigns for clients. He came to Burson-Marsteller from Global Strategy Group, where he had served as executive vice president of Communications since 2011.
A 24-year veteran of Burson-Marsteller, Dowling has served as interim chair of the U.S. Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice since 2013. Dowling will continue to serve in his current role as Pennsylvania market leader from the agency’s Pittsburgh office, which also serves as the hub for a number of Burson-Marsteller’s key business-to-business (B2B) clients. Dowling is highly experienced in defining, building and defending corporate brands and has led global branding and reputation management campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. He has also helped launch products in both the consumer and B2B spaces, from pasta sauces to 3D printers used in additive manufacturing. (Release)
NUVI™, a social analytics management and engagement company, announced its appointment of NUVI Chairman Keith Nellesen to CEO, with former CEO David Oldham assuming a role as a member of the board. These changes will enable NUVI to continue on its rapid growth trajectory. Nellesen specializes in growing startups into valuable enterprises. Beginning his career in public accounting, Nellesen ventured into entrepreneurship when he co-founded Vivint — a home security, home automation and energy conservation company — where he served as the chief financial officer and president until 2009. Nellesen exited Vivint in 2012 when it was acquired for more than $2 billion by Blackstone. Nellesen also served as the CEO and co-founder of MoneyReef, a financial management application company focused on mobile, and oversaw its successful acquisition by MoneyDesktop in 2012. (Release)
DDC Advocacy (DDCA) announced Diane Miller as its new senior vice president for client relations. Miller, a former partner at DCI Group, brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and high-stakes strategic communications. At DDCA, she will actively design and execute visionary, multi-dimensional issue advocacy and public engagement campaigns that deliver victories for the firm’s clients throughout the world. A former partner of DCI Group, Miller specialized in crisis communications and developing solutions for litigation challenges for some of the firm’s largest clients. Miller’s career working in public affairs began in Missouri where she served as a communications director within the State Senate. Miller then leveraged her public messaging abilities as a grassroots organizer and spokesperson for the Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers, the Missouri Consumers Healthcare Association and the telecommunications coalition known as “Show Me Competition.” (Release)