Hill+Knowlton Strategies has expanded the roles of global presidents Richard Millar and Lars Erik Grønntun. Millar is assuming responsibility for the US, in addition to H+K’s global client and creativity and innovation agendas. Grønntun will lead the agency’s international portfolio, taking responsibility for the major markets of UK, Germany, Canada and Greater China as well as the Asia, LatAm, METIA, Continental Europe and Nordics clusters. He will also continue to oversee the global operations agenda. Both report directly to global chairman and CEO AnnaMaria DeSalva.
Markstein has named Keelie Segars chief executive officer. Segars has been with the agency since 2015, most recently as senior vice president. Before coming to Markstein, she was a vice president at Luckie & Company and client services director at Scout Branding Company. She has worked with companies and non-profit organizations in sectors including healthcare, food and beverage, tourism, manufacturing and home. At Markstein, Segars has worked to grow the agency’s paid media strategic offering, improve profitability and launch strategic industry alliances intended to elevate the agency’s stature beyond its local markets.
Development Counsellors International has hired Beth Miller as vice president of media relations. Miller comes to DCI from global real estate development and construction company Skanska, where she was vice president and head of communications for its commercial property development operation in the U.S. She previously served as a press secretary for the City of New York under the Bloomberg administration. In her new post, Miller will serve as the lead earned media strategist, media training expert and crisis communications professional for the company’s Economic Development practice.
BoardroomPR has elevated executive vice president Todd Templin to equity partner. He will retain his title, but now be part of the PR agency’s ownership group. Templin joined BoardroomPR in 2000 after a 17-year television news career which included roles at WPLG-TV in Miami, ABC News and television stations in Detroit, Michigan and Sarasota, FL. At the agency, he is responsible for client management, new business development and talent acquisition. He also co-leads its crisis management division.