APCO Worldwide has brought on Karen Hagens as a senior director. Hagens comes to APCO from GlaxoSmithKline, where she was head of U.S. pharma communications, overseeing internal and external communication efforts as well as media relations strategies and thought leadership programs. She previously worked as a sales representative for Bayer Healthcare, marketing director for software application company Broadscape.com, and a reporter and assignment editor for an ABC affiliate in New Orleans. “Karen has a proven track record of utilizing her deep industry insight and versatile skillsets to help C-suite executives stay agile and navigate complex challenges and unexpected changes,” APCO president, North America Kelly Williamson.
Gatesman has promoted Christy Kelly to senior vice president, director of Chicago accounts. Kelly was previously vice president, group account director at the agency. Before coming to Gatesman, she led integrated communications and paid media at Discover Financial Services and served as vice president at Noble, a marketing and advertising firm based in Springfield, MO. As SVP, Kelly will join Gatesman’s Director’s Circle alongside other practice heads across departments to weigh in on key business decisions, discuss company growth and support the agency’s future evolutions.
Haven Tower Group has appointed Mary Osako vice-chair of the firm's board of advisors and has hired Allison Harris-Turk to fill the newly created role of senior principal—branding, marketing & events. Osako is currently vice-chancellor of strategic communications at UCLA. She previously served as partner & chief operating officer of Haven Tower and has also held such posts as chief communications officer of Activision Blizzard and head of global corporate communications at Amazon. In her new board position, Osako will work closely with Larry Roth, Haven Tower’s board chairman, to provide strategic guidance to the firm's leadership team. Harris-Turk most recently served as senior vice president and head of corporate events, executive communications and community relations at independent broker-dealer LPL Financial. At Haven Tower, she will oversee branding, marketing and events services for clients.
Western Union has appointed Nicole Vogrin chief corporate affairs and communications officer. Vogrin, who has been with the company since 2009, was previously head of corporate relations and chief of staff to Western Union’s CEO. Before coming to Western Union, she held finance, accounting and marketing positions in healthcare and electronics companies in Europe. In her new post, Vogrin spearheads Western Union’s corporate brand, affairs and communications strategy. She also actively shapes the company’s environmental, social and governance committee. Vogrin is based at the company’s global headquarters in Denver.