MWW Adds Former Weiner Comms Director to Staff

Dave Arnold, former communications director to former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, has joined MWW Group as a VP. He’ll be working with clients across the firm’s practice areas on media relations strategy with a particular emphasis on the corporate comms and public affairs areas. He’ll be based in the New York office.

As we mentioned in yesterday’s Roll Call column, MWW has been doing quite a bit of hiring lately. MWW CEO Michael Kempner says it’s a result of the changes at the firm since it regained its independence from IPG in January.

‘The new hires are a combination of people that will be working on the clients that have come in over the last several months. And we’re growing and expanding many of our practice areas and geographic locations,” he told us over the phone.

The firm is looking for both “traditional and nontraditional” new hires, but Kempner admits to a bias in favor of candidates with a political background. In Arnold’s case, Kempner described him as a “unique talent who understands New York, national politics, and strategic communications at the highest levels.”

Indeed, if you can handle the former congressman and his Weinergate troubles, you can probably handle most anything.