Cashman Taps Public Affairs Chief

BOSTON Cashman & Katz has named Dean Pagani vice president of public affairs, a new post at the independent agency.

Pagani, 44, will lead a six-person department, work with existing clients and concentrate on growing the Glastonbury, Conn.-based firm’s practice in the areas of issue advocacy, crisis avoidance, litigation support, reputation and change management.

Pagani has more than 20 years of experience as a communications strategist, including eight years as communications director (and later chief of staff) in the Connecticut governor’s office, as well as communications advisor to the Senate president pro tem and public relations management for the quasi-public Capital City Economic Development Authority.

During his tenure in the governor’s office, Pagani helped manage press coverage of the governor’s policy agenda and served as the primary point of contact for all daily interaction with local and national media.

“Dean adds strength to a very strong public relations team,” said Tony Cashman, agency principal. “His unique wealth of experience nicely complements the needs of our diverse clientele. As our company continues to grow, Dean’s addition will help us continue to deliver measurable results for our clients.”

Cashman & Katz clients include the Connecticut Lottery, Nationwide Insurance, National Kidney Foundation, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Lake Compounce and Ski Sundown.

—Adweek staff report