Hitesh Balwada
Hitesh Balwada

Edelman has added Hitesh Balwada to its financial communications & capital markets team in Chicago as executive vice president. Balwada joins Edelman from William Blair, where he was responsible for executing M&A and equity deals across multiple sectors. He was previously an associate, corporate finance at Needham & Company. In his new position, Balwada will lead investor relations, M&A and special situations work in the Midwest. Edelman’s financial communications & capital markets team is geared toward helping public and private companies promote and protect their reputations as well as navigate complex financial issues and situations.

Steve Alberts
Steve Alberts

Lumentus has hired Steve Alberts as senior account director, digital strategy. Alberts most recently served as digital engagement strategy director for healthcare advertising firms DDB Health and the Bloc, guiding coordinated customer experience initiatives and creating websites, customer relationship management programs and social strategies. Previously, he led the U.S. digital practice for MerchantCantos, the Brunswick Group's creative communications agency. He has also created a streaming music website, RareMusic, and overhauled Comedy Central’s web property. Lumentus senior partner Rob Beltran said that Alberts “brings not only a wealth of experience to Lumentus, but a breadth of knowledge about our key practice areas and competence across a range of cutting-edge technologies.”

Courtney Engel
Courtney Engel
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Jonesworks has appointed Courtney Engel managing director in the agency’s New York office, leading its consumer and lifestyle division. Engel comes to Jonesworks from Grey, where she founded the consumer PR practice in 2008 and served as SVP of the practice. She drove new business for the activation, talent and PR team as well as leading strategic PR campaigns, always-on news bureaus and executive visibility for a diverse group of clients. Before that, she was a senior account executive at Dan Klores Communications.