Empower Names Five Women Vice Presidents

By Kyle O'Brien 

Cincinnati-based agency Empower has promoted five women to vice president roles. Courtney Ackerman is now vice president of integrated planning, Laura Morris becomes vice president of digital and programmatic, and Meredith Comin, Jami Edgington and Sihui Zheng have been named vice presidents of client operations. 

“Each of these leaders have been instrumental in Empower’s growth and culture,” Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operations officer at Empower, said in a statement. “Their relentless drive, dedication and passion for the client businesses they work on are infectious and serve as a prime example for junior associates to emulate.”

Ackerman, who has been with Empower for over 16 years, was recognized for leading integrated planning for the business unit that landed brands including Newell and RoC Skincare.

Morris has spent the majority of her career integrating new technology into programmatic buying teams. In her two years at Empower, Morris has led the adoption of Empower’s programmatic platform across 90% of Empower clients.

In her six years at Empower, Comin and her team helps maintain Empower’s client tenure. Most recently, she has taken over operational leadership of Empower Chicago’s business unit, working to drive new business growth, establish the proper staff plan and elevate operational performance across the unit.

Edgington has been at Empower for three-and-a-half-years, driving profitability for clients including Brooks Running, Famous Footwear and GoDaddy. 

Zheng has worked at Empower for three-and-a-half-years and has been instrumental in shaping one of the fastest growing business units at Empower, serving clients including Wendy’s, Tempur Sealy, Bush’s Beans and Fifth Third Bank. She is also a member of Empower’s diversity, equity and inclusion board.

Empower has landed a string of clients recently, including Newell Brands, American Standard, and RoC Skincare.