Christie Bishop
Christie Bishop

Edelman has appointed Christie Bishop head of brand for Southern California. Bishop joins Edelman from Spark44, a joint venture marketing partner to Jaguar Land Rover, where she was executive strategy director and general manager of North America. She also hosts the Commercial Grade podcast, which offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the production of creative campaigns. “Christie’s appointment at Edelman is a clear indication of the opportunity that exists for the firm in the integrated brand marketing space across Southern California,” said Will Collie, general manager of Edelman’s Southern California business. “Her extensive experience will bring a new perspective to our work and be integral to boosting our ability to deliver successful and impactful programming for all of our clients.”

Leslie Ankney
Leslie Ankney

Ditto has brought on crypto journalist Leslie Ankney as an associate vice president, based in the agency’s San Francisco office. Ankney comes to Ditto from Forbes, where she was a contributor and analyst. Previously, she wrote for the crypto news site NullTX/The Merkle and founded UpScale International, a digital marketing firm for crypto projects. In her new position, Ankney will help crypto projects communicate more effectively and work to educate journalists so that they can better tell compelling stories that get the tech right. Ditto has worked with a wide range of projects that focus on such areas as blockchain solutions, crypto finance, and digital assets.

Sean O'Leary
Sean O'Leary

Susan Davis International has named Sean O’Leary as a vice president. O’Leary joins SDI from the Merritt Group, where he served as director, leading a practice for technology companies focused on working with federal, state and local governments, as well as the Department of Defense. He has also worked as spokesperson and communications director for the Newspaper Association of America and global communications manager for Metalogix Software. “Sean’s addition will allow SDI to further expand our impressive client roster, especially with technology companies and associations,” said SDI chairman Susan Davis.