Bente Engesland
Bente Engesland

Burson-Marsteller has appointed Bente Engesland CEO of its Norwegian operations, effective June 1. Engesland takes over from interim CEO Wenche Halsen, who will remain as part of the firm’s Norway leadership. Engesland joins Burson-Marsteller from Statkraft, an energy company owned by the Norwegian government, where she is senior VP of corporate communications. She has also served as head of news at NRK, the Norwegian state-owned radio and television public broadcasting company. “From counseling senior business leaders on key issues to designing digital and integrated communications campaigns, Bente brings an invaluable perspective,” said Ramiro Prudencio, CEO Burson-Marsteller Europe, Middle East & Africa. Burson-Marsteller, part of WPP, opened its Norway operations in 1977.

Devin Hughes
Devin Hughes

Geben Communication has promoted Devin Hughes to business insights lead. Previously, he served as B2B practice lead and client services supervisor at the firm, which has offices in Columbus, OH and Chicago. Before that, he worked for Kansas City, MO-based Global Prairie. In his new role, Hughes will lead Geben’s recently launched insights/analytics service, which aims to help companies incorporate insight-driven strategies into their business planning.

David Gough
David Gough

KemperLesnik has named David Gough vice president of sports and events. Gough comes to the agency from the managing director spot at the Boxing Marketing Arm, part of the International Boxing Association. Previously, he was global director marketing capability at Beverage Partners Worldwide. He has also led sports sales and marketing efforts at IMG Live and was director of sports marketing at the Coca-Cola Company. Gough joins KemperLesnik as it works to expand its portfolio of sports marketing and events properties, which includes the Maui Jim Maui Invitational college basketball tournament and McDonald’s All American Games. “David’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the sports marketing, events and activations industry will complement our team of sports marketing professionals,” said KemperLesnik CEO Steve Skinner.