Roll Call: Ogilvy, Hill+Knowlton and More

Ogilvy Public Relations announced that Jennifer Risi, executive vice president, Ogilvy Media Influence and director, Content Creation, has been promoted to managing director, Ogilvy Media Influence and head of North American Media Relations effective immediately. In her new role, Risi will work closely with all North American office heads to deepen the operational excellence of Ogilvy’s media network and to enhance the resources available to clients at the local and national levels. Risi will continue to lead a specialist group providing high-level global media counsel and strategic direction to some of Ogilvy’s largest national and global clients. She will also collaborate with Ogilvy & Mather’s marketing disciplines to identify and support media, content and business development opportunities. Risi joined Ogilvy PR in 2011, and for the past three years, has built a robust media relations expertise and New York-based team that supports clients across the agency’s diverse practices with a range of services including global media strategy, CEO and executive visibility, nation branding, and issues management. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Tali Mackay, a PR vet currently serving as SVP of the firm’s healthcare practice in L.A., to lead its entire U.S. healthcare practice. Mackay doesn’t just bring more than 20 years of communications experience to the role; she was also a registered nurse and public health nurse who completed undergraduate work at University of California at Berkeley and earned her Master of Science in nursing (administration) from San Francisco State University before beginning her comms career in Genentech’s Regulatory Affairs department and moving on to VP of global comms at Baxter BioScience before joining H+K. She takes the helm from David Bowen, who will now “return his whole focus to the global practice he leads.” (Release)

CTP has added former Mullen vice president David DeBeck to lead its business development and agency growth. As vice president/director of Business Development, DeBeck will cultivate opportunities across CTP’s integrated disciplines of advertising, PR, digital and media for brands across a range of industries, including consumer goods, healthcare, lifestyle, sports and technology. DeBeck brings extensive strategy, program management and business development experience to CTP. Most recently, he spent more than four years leading new business development at Mullen, where he secured business from brands like Tropicana, Victorinox Swiss Army and General Mills. Prior to Mullen, DeBeck spent more than five years working with healthcare and technology companies as director of Business Development at Schwartz Communications. (Release)

Phoenix Online Studios announced the promotion of Scott Steinberg to the role of general manager. Effective immediately, Steinberg will assume responsibility for all strategic planning and business development activities for Phoenix Online Studios ( on a worldwide basis. Steinberg brings his expertise to POS after 15 years of game publishing and M&A work for firms such as Atari, Microids and Dreamcatcher, and C-level strategic consulting for Fortune 500 leaders ranging from Intel to EMC and Microsoft. (Release)