Edelman PR announced this week that Ruth Edelman will serve as deputy chairman of parent company DJE Holdings following the January passing of her husband, company founder Daniel J. Edelman. This will be a non-executive role; Edelman will provide counsel to both clients and executives while also hosting agency-sponsored events. A new non-executive DJE chairman will be chosen from outside the company in due course. (Release)
360 Public Relations announced the addition of Meredith Gandy as senior publicist in the agency’s growing New York office. Gandy previously served as Senior Publicist at KQED, the Bay Area’s PBS station. She garnered attention for prime-time, nationally acclaimed programming, such as “Saving the Bay” and ” China From the Inside.” Most recently at KQED, Gandy supervised national efforts for the top-rated PBS KIDS program, “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” Gandy will contribute to clients based in 360PR’s New York and Boston offices. (Release)
We Are Social filled a pair of important new roles within its New York office.
Nick Fuller joins the agency as marketing director, a new position in the NY office where he will oversee marketing and business development efforts, contribute to its thought leadership and provide strategic insights for new and existing clients. Fuller previously spent three years as senior director of marketing at social media agency MRY, part of Publicis, and served in business development positions at WPP Group research firm Millward Brown, Omnicom’s Wolff Olins, and independent agencies Vision Creative Group and Tipping Sprung. We Are Social’s New York office also added Peter Fontana as research and insight director. He is a transfer from the agency’s London office, where in a little over a year he helped the department grow from three to 13 people. Fontana’s prior experience includes three years as senior customer and data strategist at IPG’s Deutsch, NY. (AgencySpy)
Weber Shandwick client ADP (Automatic Data Processing), a payroll/human capital management provider, has appointed Kevin Bryla as vice president of corporate communications. Bryla will direct both internal and external communications while also directing the company’s “executive communications, media relations, analyst relations, and reputation management” initiatives. Bryla previously served as global head of communications for General Electric‘s Power & Water business; his career to date also includes a stint as VP of PR, communications and branding at Ingersoll Rand. (Bulldog Reporter)