Judy Johnson, president of the western region for GolinHarris, is moving to Southern California retail real estate giant Caruso Affiliated as chief marketing and communications officer.

judy johnsonThe 16-year GH veteran managed the firm's operations west of Chicago, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Costa Mesa, Calif. Her client work spans Disney, Cunard Line, Forest City Development and Las Vegas Sands Corp., among others.

Johnson is slated to join LA-based Caruso on April 14, part of a five-year plan to double the company's size under Rick Caruso, the politically connected billionaire CEO. 

Privately held Caruso's properties include The Grove and The Americana at Brand, as well as retail properties throughout the LA area.

Johnson, who earlier did PR stints at Glendale Memorial Hospital, MSLGroup and FleishmanHillard, will oversee marketing, PR, strategic alliances and entertainment initiatives at Caruso.