Kenneth Hartmann and Patrick Kerley have joined Burson-Marsteller as directors in the U.S. digital practice. Hartmann was most recently at Wildfire Interactive, a social media tech provider with Facebook funding. He’ll be based in New York. Kerley was most recently at Levick Strategic Communications leading social and digital media efforts for crisis and reputation clients. Kerley will be based in Washington D.C.
Havas has taken a majority stake in Siren-Communication, a Singapore-based digital agency. The firm will be renamed Euro RSCG Siren and founder Karen Flynn will serve as MD.
Josh Zeitz has joined MWW Group as SVP in the corporate affairs practice. He was previously chief of staff at MF Global, the bankrupt brokerage once led by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. In this position, he handled the personal and public affairs for Corzine. He also worked for Corzine when he was Governor.
Barrie Hancock has been promoted to SVP at French/West/Vaughan. She joined the firm in 2000, working with the consumer marketing practice. The firm has also added two staffers and promoted an account exec.
APCO Worldwide has added an office in Abu Dhabi. Wael Kanakri, who has 17 years of experience in the region will lead the office. The new office follows APCO’s acquisition of JiWin Public Relations in November.
Connecticut-based Gaffney Bennett Public Relations has launched the Press Release Shop, a new online service for clients who only want this media relations service. Offerings include drafting press releases, follow-up with reporters, SEO, and media training.