Weber Shandwick is promoting Sara Gavin from president of North America to chief client officer, with responsibility for the firm’s key client relationships and client service model. Gavin replaces Cathy Calhoun, who will take on a new role within IPG’s Constituency Management Group. Taking over as president of North America will be Joy Farber Kolo, who was most recently president of Weber Shandwick East, charged with oversight and integration of the New York, Boston and Atlanta offices. In addition, Chris Perry will expand his role from chief digital officer to chief innovation officer; Susan Howe moves from chief collaboration officer to chief growth officer, a newly created position; and chief human resources officer Abby Gold will become chief employee experience officer.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Alex Taylor as senior consumer media specialist. Taylor comes to H+K from Marina Maher Communications, where she was vice president, leading the agency’s earned media strategy. She has also worked for LFB Media Group and Edelman. Taylor will be based in H+K’s Los Angeles office, working clients including our Spotify, adidas, and MSC Cruises.
Hawkins International Public Relations has brought on Eilyn Segura as senior director of corporate communications. Segura comes to HIPR from Burson Cohn & Wolfe, where she was an account director in the firm’s corporate financial practice, working with clients that included Ford Motor Company. She was previously a video journalist and booking producer at the Wall Street Journal, where she booked guests, shot and edited news content, and utilized social media to promote the WSJ brand across all platforms. At HIPR, she is working with new and long-term hotel and real estate accounts as well as leading both the corporate communications and media intelligence teams.
Metro Public Relations has promoted Rebecca Rolnick Knaack to vice president of entertainment and Andrew Valdes to vice president of media relations. Knaack has been with Metro since 2017, specializing in content launches and awards campaigns, as well as brand building for producers and their media companies. Prior to joining Metro, she spent four years in the entertainment department at PMK*BNC. Valdes has been with Metro since 2013. Before that, he was a digital entertainment publicist at Bender/Helper Impact. In his new post, he will be tasked with elevating company-wide media relations strategies.