Edelman announced former special assistant to the President and White House deputy press secretary, Jamie Smith, and former Senate Finance Committee communications director, Sean Neary, are joining Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. Smith will serve as executive vice president overseeing media strategies and services for the office, which specializes in public and corporate affairs, issues management and crisis communications. Neary joins Edelman as executive vice president and will manage the firm’s Financial Communications practice in D.C., in close cooperation with teams in New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong. Both Smith and Neary recently left their government roles. In the newly created role, Smith will oversee a team of media relations professionals and provide counsel to a range of Edelman clients. She will also manage the office’s expanding “Creative Newsroom” offering, an innovative, real-time, on-demand media relations operation that reaches across traditional, social, owned and hybrid media channels. (Release)
CommCreative named Ashley DePaolo as director of Strategic Communications. In this role, Ashley leads the strategic communications team focused on public relations, corporate communications and crisis management. In addition, she supports agency marketing and the business development team. Prior to joining CommCreative, DePaolo was vice president at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations agency that specializes in launching companies, products, services and communities. At Schneider Associates, Ashley led the public affairs, corporate communications and consumer practice areas. (Release)
STRATACACHE announced the recent hire of Kenneth Boyle as SVP of Strategic Operations. Ken will be responsible for the development and management of key strategic initiatives for the global growth and sustainability of STRATACACHE, with his primary focus on Latin America. Ken has an extensive broadcast and media background which began when he founded his own technology & communications company in New York to provide live broadcast transmission and production services for entertainment, corporate and government clients. (Release).