Laura Nichols
Laura Nichols

Snap Inc. has hired Laura Nichols, former executive VP and chief communications officer at National Geographic Partners, as VP of communications, according to a report on Axios. Nichols is the first key hire made by Snap's chief communications officer Julie Henderson since she joined the company late last year. Before coming to National Geographic, Nichols was executive vice president, global communications at the Motion Picture Association of America and also spent eight years as senior advisor and director of communications for former House leader Richard Gephardt. Nichols will be based in Washington D.C. and will lead communications around Snap’s global policy, social impact and its content arm, Discover.

Leah Johnson
Leah C. Johnson

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has appointed Leah C. Johnson as chief communications and marketing officer. Johnson comes to Lincoln Center from leading LCJ Solutions, a strategic communications consulting practice she founded in 2009. She was previously senior vice president, global corporate affairs at Citibank; vice president of corporate communications at Standard & Poor’s; and director of communications for New York City comptroller Alan Hevesi. In her newly created position at Lincoln Center, Johnson will unite all of the organization’s strategic communications and marketing functions. "Throughout her extraordinary career, Leah has shown tremendous insight, creativity, and commitment to civic responsibility and the spirit of community," said LCPA president and CEO Henry Timms. "All of these are core to who we are at Lincoln Center.”

Sarah Kalhorn
Sarah Kalhorn

Hotwire has promoted Sarah Kalhorn to vice president. Kalhorn has been with the agency since June 2018, and is based in its Minneapolis office. Before coming to Hotwire, she was an account supervisor with Padilla, and she has also worked at Ogilvy Public Relations. At Hotwire, her duties have included speaking around the country at events about Hotwire’s high-stakes leadership report. In her new role, she will continue to work with senior leaders at enterprise and startup companies, and will be responsible for helping to build out an industrial tech practice.