Roll Call: Porter Novelli’s Stockman, Emanate, and GYMR

Word is that Gary Stockman is set to resign from his post as CEO of Porter Novelli. Chief strategy officer Michael Ramah will become acting CEO as of July 31.  The firm lost its long-time Gillette account during the latter part of 2011 and a number of execs have left the firm, including CMO Michael Goldberg who decamped for Deutsch after just a few months on the job. [via, via]

Emanate has hired three execs. Scott Cocchiere joins as director of creative relevance, working on campaigns across the firm’s roster. He was previously a director at Marketing Drive, working on the Dannon Yogurt client. Barrett Tripp and Joe DeSalazar get the less creative title of VP. Tripp, a producer whose work has shown at the Sundance Film Festival, will work with corporate video. And DeSalazar was previously a VP at Digitas working with the American Express OPEN client. He’ll be focused on digital at Emanate.

GYMR Public Relations in Washington D.C. has two new SVPs. Judi Kennedy comes from Ketchum where she was part of the Well-Connected healthcare practice. And Virginia Bader has been promoted to the position after five years with the firm. She works on media relations and stakeholder outreach for health policy clients.

Oxygen Media has promoted Puja Vohra to the newly created title, SVP of marketing. Vohra was the VP of ad sales marketing was the past two years. Her new role comes with greater responsibility for both the ad sales and consumer marketing groups.

Makovsky + Company EVP Gil Bashe has been named one of the American Heart Association’s 20 “Champions of Heart & Stroke,” conferred on outstanding supporters of the organization’s mission who have reached high influencer and career status. A gala recognizing these Champions was held this week.

Email and cloud-based marketing firm SMTP has promoted Richard Harrison to CEO of the company. Harrison has been with the firm since July 2010, joining as president and COO. Previous CEO Semyon Dukach served since 2001. He’ll continue as chairman of the board.

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