Roll Call: Matter Communications, MWW, Andrew Gowers, and More

Matter Communications, a firm focused on the hi-tech and consumer markets, has acquired ThinkMedia Partners, a boutique PR, social media, and marketing agency. ThinkMedia founder Tim Hurley is now a Matter EVP. ThinkMedia staff members are also joining Matter. The combined company has offices in Newburyport, MA, New York, and Providence, RI. [via]

Brian Hague has joined MWW Group as VP of public affairs in the firm’s East Rutherford, NJ office. He has previously worked as a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger and served as chief of staff and director of comms for Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney. At MWW, he’ll be focused on crisis comms, issues management, and other related areas.

Andrew Gowers has been named director of external relations at the Association for Financial Markets, a European lobby organization whose members consist of European and U.S. banks. Gowers previously handled BP’s response to the Gulf oil spill and was the head of comms and brand management at Lehman Brothers during its collapse. [via]

Vivian Hood has been promoted to EVP of client services at Jaffe PR, a firm dedicated to law firms and legal associations. Hood has 15 years of experience in this area.

Bill McCue has been promoted to VP at The North 6 Agency, responsible for daily firm operations and new business development. He’ll also continue to work on media relations programs across the country. He was previously an account director at North 6, had his own firm, McCuenications, and worked at Dukas Public Relations.

Amy Cofone has joined Emanate as director of integrated marketing in New York. She was previously at sister firm Ketchum, where she  was the North American relationship manager for Philips and worked Norelco, IKEA, Kodak, and a number of other clients. At Emanate, she will continue her work with Philips as well as working with other clients.

Kye Strance has joined Critical Mention as SVP of product development, a new position. Strance was previously at Vocus, working with that company since 1998. At Critical Mention, he’ll work on the company’s broadcast intelligence offerings and those services in the advertising and research areas.