Roll Call: Ruder Finn, Edelman, RLM Finsbury, And More

Ruder Finn announced several new additions to its global healthcare leadership team:

  • Elyse Margolis was promoted to the position of executive vice president/director, New York Healthcare, where she will continue to serve as client service leader for accounts as well as assuming new responsibilities for the New York team.
  • Trina Chiara was named executive vice president/director, Global Healthcare Business Development. Chiara, who previously served as an NPR reporter for a decade, will both oversee current clients and identify new business opportunities in the healthcare field.
  • Rob Schachter has been promoted to the position of executive vice President, global Healthcare. As a Ruder Finn employee for the past eight years, he handled global franchise portfolios for multiple clients.
  • Glenn Silver joined the practice as senior vice president, Healthcare Media Relations. He will counsel the firm’s extensive list of pharmaceutical clients.
  • Christine Hanson will now serve as senior vice president, Global Healthcare. Hanson, who worked at Manning Selvage and Lee and Danielides Communications, Inc. before joining Ruder Finn, recently managed several high-profile campaigns including one for Novartis’ Bexsero MenB Vaccine. (Release)

Edelman Seattle announced the appointment of Michael Thomas to the SVP role for its technology team. Thomas, who previously served as VP at Edelman’s Chicago office, brings more than a decade of counselling experience in the tech and health sectors to the role; her past clients include GridApp (acquired by BMC Software), Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson), Opsware (acquired by HP), CrowdControl for Amazon Mechanical Turk, Code Green Networks, Skytap, Fortress Grand, Twisted Pair Solutions and others.

In addition to Thomas’s appointment, Edelman’s Seattle office also announced five additional hires: Courtney L’Ecuyer as assistant account executive, consumer; Courtney Ramirez as assistant account executive, assembly; Liz Freeman as Account Supervisor, Assembly; Melinda Moseler as Senior Analyst, Digital and Natasha Ratliff as Senior Account Executive, Technology.

Rooney & Associates promoted Marion Janic to the position of partner. Ms. Janic joined Rooney in 2008 after serving as vice president, corporate communications and investor relations at bond insurer CIFG Services, Inc. Founder/CEO Terry Rooney writes, “Over the past six years, Marion Janic has met and surpassed each goal set for her, including the development and execution of strategic media relations programs for clients, account management and new business development.”

Kal Goldberg joined RLM Finsbury as a New York-based partner to help further strengthen the firm’s global M&A practice. Goldberg, who previously served as Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, has advised companies on a number of big-name mergers including Allstate’s acquisition of Esurance and Answer Financial, the Chicago Board of Trade’s merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more. He also managed communications for major corporate restructuring projects like that of American Suzuki Motor Corporation. RLM has represented many of the largest corporate merger candidates, most recently AstraZeneca; CEO Michael Gross writes, “Kal is a talented executive with a keen understanding of the challenges surrounding the multiple stakeholders involved in M&A and other financial transactions.” (Release)

Ketchum UK promoted Brian Keenan, who previously served as global creative initiatives manager for the firm’s New York office, to the newly created position of insights and strategy planner. Keenan will report to both Andrew Ager–who the firm named as its first creative officer last year–and partner/MD of integrated services Roy Edmondson. (Release via Gorkana)