BBC’s director of communications, Ed Williams, will be leaving the news organization to join Edelman as CEO of the firm’s U.K. business. Williams will step down from his post in October; his first day with Edelman will be October 31. He will report to the EMEA CEO, Robert Phillips, and become part of the company’s EMEA leadership team. He joined the BBC in 2008 and has previously worked with Reuters and Brunswick.
Shira Zackai has joined M Booth as broadcast director. She’ll be handling media engagement across the agency’s accounts, reporting to the media director, Martha Cid. She has previously worked with Steinreich Communications, Hill & Knowlton, and with asset management firm Alliance Bernstein.
DS Simon Productions, which recently launched an HD studio in NYC, has opened a Washington D.C. office. The office will be run by Christine Deerin, who previously led the company’s SMT group and ran the West coast operations. Ken Fry has also joined the company as SVP, head of the Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the company, he worked with On the Scene Productions for 15 years.
Deep Focus, the interactive marketing agency, has two new executives. Amy Eagle has been named MD, joining the firm from The Hyperfactory, a mobile marketing agency where she was GM. She now oversees areas including PR, social comms, and media. And Ken Kraemer has been appointed Deep Focus’ first executive creative director. He was previously group creative director.
Marjorie Martin has been named the GM and chief content officer for Canyon Ranch Enterprises, the wellness and health resort company. In this position, part of a new division at the company, she will focus on brand extensions across different platforms, such as the company’s at-home offerings.
Marketing firm Definition 6 has added Rich Melé as senior editor and and Claire Joseph as client relations manager of the NYC office. They will report to Robert Ortiz, managing partner of the firm. Melé was formerly with Trailer Park Inc, an entertainment marketing and content management firm. Joseph joins the firm after serving as a freelancer for three years.