Roll Call: H+K Strategies, Cohn & Wolfe, Kwittken, and More

Staffing news from around the industry.

H+K Strategies has hired Molly O’Neill to lead the firm’s U.S. marcomms practice, effective May 27. O-Neill has a long track record in the marketing communications industry with nearly 20 years of experience in consumer products and healthcare public relations. Most recently, O’Neill was with RF|Binder as their executive managing director focused on brand strategy and new business development. (Bulldog Reporter)

Cohn & Wolfe has promoted Jonathan Tan to associate managing director of its Malaysia office. In his new role, Tan will be responsible for the overall performance and growth of Malaysia’s operations including client satisfaction, new business and professional development. Prior to joining Cohn & Wolfe, Tan led the Technology and Consumer Practices at Fleishman-Hillard Kuala Lumpur. (Release)

Kwittken, an MDC Partners Inc. agency, has appointed Betsy Cooper as managing director of Kwittken Toronto. Most recently, Cooper led her own communications agency in Vancouver, British Columbia where she led integrated communications strategies and provided counsel to both national and multi-national corporations in the food, travel and lifestyle sectors. Cooper has also held senior positions at Labatt Breweries of Canada, Harbinger Communications and Thornley Fallis Communications. (The Drum)

Former Republican Party strategist, “seasoned GOP political operative” and Chief of Staff to House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul Hans Klingler joined Washington, D.C.’s Levick as a member of the firm’s “issue advocacy and public affairs group,” which includes such luminaries as former Clinton advisor Lanny Davis. (Release)

Double Forte PR and Marketing of San Francisco hired Bill Orr, formerly with Burson-Marsteller, as its new EVP and chief strategy officer. Orr, a former PRSA president and veteran of agencies like MSLGroup and Porter Novelli, will fill the “newly created role” at the tech-focused firm. (O’Dwyer’s)

PayPal has hired Visa’s Paul Cohen as VP of global corporate communications as the company prepares to split off from eBay later this year. Cohen, who spent over ten years at Visa, most recently served as the company’s SVP, managing all aspects of communications throughout North America, in addition to handling global public affairs, crisis and issues work. At PayPal, Cohen leads corporate comms and PR activities including reputation management and stakeholder engagement. (TheHolmesReport)