Dan Rene
Dan Rene

Kglobal has brought on communications strategist Dan Rene as managing director in its crisis and issues management division. Rene comes to kglobal from LEVICK, where he most recently served as senior vice president. His previous positions included vice president at Impact Strategies (now Smith & Company) and director at Qorvis Communications. Rene’s areas of expertise include crisis communications, issues management, public relations and corporate affairs. He is also a media coach and speaker, working with audiences, clients, and peers to help them communicate effectively. “Dan is a well-known and trusted brand in our industry and one of its most talented and effective counselors,” said kglobal Partner Gene Grabowski.

Charles Carithers
Charles Carithers

Cornerstone is adding Stacy Rich and Charles Carithers to its team. Rich, who joins the government relations shop  on Jan. 21, was previously Senate leadership staff director to assistant Democratic leader, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). She began her career on Capitol Hill in 2002 in the office of former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and has also served as a part of the floor team in the Democratic Cloakroom under both Daschle and former majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Carithers comes on board from the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he was a professional staff member. Before joining the Committee, Charles served as associate deputy director of public affairs for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and a senior policy officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Genevieve White
Genevieve White

Sard Verbinnen & Co has appointed Genevieve White as a managing director and Jay Qin as a principal in the firm’s Hong Kong office. White joins SVC from UBS in Hong Kong, where she was executive director. She was previously a finance lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters. Qin was most recently a founding member of the Hong Kong office of international legal firm Osborne Clarke. He was previously an associate at Bird & Bird. SVS says the addition of White and Qin, who both have experience in M&A, IPOs, litigation and other domestic and cross-border matters, will deepen the firm’s senior Asia team. Our clients will benefit from their global approach to managing transactions, crisis matters and other high stakes situations while understanding the market dynamics that need to be successfully navigated,” said SVC co-president Paul Kranhold.