Roll Call: Allison+Partners, H+K Strategies, F/W/V, And More

Staffing changes from around the industry

New York’s Allison+Partners hired industry veteran Tom Smith as managing director of corporate reputation. Smith, who spent more than a decade with the Ogilvy organization and most recently served as EVP leading the firm’s corporate practice in New York, will use his skill for strategic counsel and other leadership responsibilities to help the firm’s continued expansion, reporting to Matthew Della Croce, senior partner and global head of the firm’s corporate practice. Prior to joining Ogilvy, Smith — who is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute — served as VP at FleishmanHillard, spending more than seven years with the firm. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies named Daniel Karam president and managing director of H+K Mexico. Karam, who previously ran a consultancy firm, will also serve as regional practice leader for public affairs; H+K will absorb his previous firm’s clients. Earlier in his career, Karam served as director of IMSS, or the Mexican equivalent of the Social Security Administration. Antonio Tamayo, president and CEO of H+K Latin America, notes that Karam’s history will benefit both national clients and those with an interest in reaching Mexican audiences. (Release en Espanol)

French/West/Vaughan of Raleigh, North Carolina hired Abigail Quesinberry as its newest social media strategist. Quesinberry most recently served as head of media and marketing at NC’s Center for Teaching Equality, and she is a veteran of New York’s advertising council, where she held the manager of PR and social media position. She also handled PR duties for the Sesame Workshop, the US fund for Unicef, and Amnesty International. In her new role, she will help run social strategy and execution for such F/W/V clients as Wrangler and Pendleton Whisky. (Release)

Finn Partners has acquired DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler Public Relations, Inc. to form the largest PR firm in the Nashville area. The resulting unit will be called “DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company” and employ 80; Founding Managing Partner Peter Finn explains the decision by writing that “Nashville and its economy are on fire, sparked by a booming cultural scene, world-class health care, rising universities—and a really good spot on the map.” (Release)

The Podesta Group, a firm founded by veteran Democratic Party strategist John Podesta, has hired Josh Lahey as its newest principle. Lahey will help lead “the integration of content and cutting-edge analytics technology” for Podesta clients; he previously served as an adviser on Al Gore’s presidential campaign and co-founded his own research firm. (Bulldog Reporter)

KemperLesnik of Chicago has promoted Cybil Rose to the newly created position of vice president. Rose, who has a journalism background, has spent more than seven years with the firm; in her new role, she will manage the B2B team serving KemperLesnik’s clients in the finance, professional services and tech fields. (Bulldog Reporter)