Ketchum has promoted partner Amanda Sefton to director of its Global Healthcare Practice. Ms. Sefton will remain in London and will assume her new role on Dec. 1. During the transition, she will continue serving as managing director of the London Healthcare Practice. A search is underway for her successor in that role. (Release)
MSLGROUP North America has named Shellie Winkler as North America practice director of its health and corporate practices. With more than two decades of experience, Winkler most recently worked at Edelman, where she was general manager of corporate and public affairs operations for the New York office. She is located at MSL New York, the flagship office for MSLGROUP North America (Release)
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) has hired Ben Finzel as senior vice president, public affairs and general manager of the Washington, D.C., office. Finzel brings more than 20 years of communications and public affairs experience to the agency, including a presidential appointment during the Clinton administration and nearly six years as a press and legislative staffer for two members of Congress. Finzel will lead the firm’s Public Affairs practice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that manages complex policy issues, leads high-profile campaigns, and drives business results for corporate clients, trade associations and advocacy groups. (National Journal)
JSH&A Public Relations has promoted Deanna Killackey and Cheryl Georgas to vice presidential positions. During Killackey’s nine-year tenure with the company, she has consistently delivered measurable results and strategic programs for many of the agency’s marquee clients, including Beam, Inc.; ConAgra Foods; McDonald’s and Midas International. Her ability to build brand awareness through integrated marketing communications has garnered numerous industry awards. In addition to her account responsibilities, Killackey will oversee the agency’s growing Social LIF™ function, developing and managing social media tools for various clients.
Since joining the agency in 2007, Georgas has managed The Hershey Company, winning multiple awards for her work. She also oversees the agency’s training and recruiting initiatives. (Release)