leslie capstrawWeber Shandwick has named PR veteran Leslie Capstraw to head its Los Angeles office, replacing interim head Arun Divakaruni, who is senior VP of its Element Scientific Communications unit.

Capstraw, who was executive VP at Ogilvy PR in charge of LA and group director of its Brand consumer practice, reports to Sara Gavin, head of WS North America.

With more than 20 years of PR experience, Capstraw also saw duty in San Francisco and Hong Kong.

She’s known for consumer technology, content strategy and issues management expertise.