Roll Call: Ketchum, SHIFT, Cohn & Wolfe, and More

Staffing changes around the industry

Ketchum promoted Emma Capombassis to the position of director of its Toronto office, responsible for Ketchum operations across Canada. Capombassis has been a senior vice president and member of the Ketchum Canada leadership team for eight years. An award-wining professional, Capombassis brings deep local and international marketplace experience to her work with Ketchum clients in Canada and to the global and cross-border clients she supports. In addition to her unique perspective from working in 18 different countries, Capombassis’ expertise extends beyond pure public relations to include developing and implementing multifaceted marketing communication programs that engage all types of stakeholders. Capombassis brings tremendous energy and disciplined focus to some of the most complex, multibrand, multimarket clients that Ketchum serves in Canada. (Release)

SHIFT Communications promoted to veterans in its New York and San Francisco offices to Vice President. Nicole Bestard joined the firm’s Manhattan location in 2013 as an account director, will manage a team of six employees on clients in both the B2B and consumer spaces moving forward while Katie Clark-AlSadder, who joined SHIFT San Francisco in 2010 as senior account executive, will hew closer to the consumer front for client such as Toyota, Whole Foods Market and National Center for Families Learning. (Release)

Cohn & Wolfe named Julian Tanner its first Global Technology Leader. Tanner founded global tech agency AxiCom in 1994 and served as its principal; since Cohn & Wolfe acquired that agency in 2008, it has operated as “an independent brand” within the larger C&W organization. (Release)

Charity Guzofski has been named vice president of New York’s Red PR after serving as a freelance consultant to the firm for more than a year. Guzofski is no stranger to Red; she worked for the firm from 2003-2012 a project manager at Elie Tahari and brings extensive fashion/beauty industry knowledge to the new role.

Jaffe has hired Debbie Douglas as a senior vice president of Public Relations and is in the Los Angeles area. Throughout her career, Debbie Douglas has kept law firms in the national, trade and regional media by promoting the firm, its practices and rainmakers to drive new business, above and beyond the brief mention of a new hire or a case win. Before joining Jaffe, she owned and operated a successful PR consulting business, Douglas Strategic Communications, for 10 years. She also served as the managing director of media for global agency Hill & Knowlton, working as the account leader for Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers, and several other law firms. (Release)

Stratacomm LLC announced the hiring of Jennifer Heilman as an account director in the company’s Washington, D.C. office. She will service the firm’s growing roster of government, trade association and corporate clients. Most recently, Heilman served as a communications specialist for Arlington County Government. As the county’s spokesperson, she led media relations, crisis communications and social media efforts for transportation, infrastructure and engineering, public works, and environmental sustainability issues and projects. Prior to her position at Arlington County, Heilman was the director of communications for the Prevention of Blindness Society where she launched the nonprofit’s digital media presence, and led all internal and external communications, and fundraising and development events. She also worked in public affairs at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. (Release)