Neel Khairzada has joined CNN as the publicist for correspondent Erin Burnett and her upcoming program. She spent the previous two years as a freelancer, most recently with The Dr. Oz Show, and has handled PR for SiriusXM Radio.
Allison & Partners has named Billee Howard creative development officer (CDO) and head of the firm’s newly formed Creativity Council. Howard joined the firm earlier this year as MD of its Brand Innovation Group. In this added role, she will lead the firm’s efforts in areas such as brand experience and the firm’s creative direction. The appointment is coupled with the launch of the firm’s Naked Culture blog. Allison & Partners has also named Tania Condon SVP of marketing. She’ll be working with the firm’s clients as well and work with agencies across MDC Partners on new business.
Beauty brand Carol’s Daughter has a new CMO, Olivia Scott-Perkins. She has previously worked at a string of advertising and media companies including Leo Burnett, Ogilvy Action, and Atlantic Records. She will be responsible for leading Carol’s Daughter through a brand repositioning that will move it into the luxury brand space. Social media, PR, marketing, and partnerships will be involved in that rebranding.
Will Ludlam has joined Edelman as EVP and GM of the firm’s Seattle office starting September 6. He was most recently the GM of Hill & Knowlton’s Seattle office and spent a decade with Porter Novelli both in Seattle and locations around the world. He’ll be reporting to Curt Kundred, president of the Western region for the company.
Margit Wennmachers has been named a non-executive member of the Next Fifteen board. Wennmachers is co-founder of OutCast Communications and left the firm to join Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm, in July 2010. The company appointed another board member in May, Richard Eyre, who has worked in British media and advertising. [via PRWeek]
Makovsky + Companyhas named Arielle Bernstein VP in the health practive. Bernstein has a specialty in the oncology sector and advocacy. She’s a research manager at University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division and was a Makovsky staff member previously for three years.