|Lisa Osborne Ross|
Edelman has named Lisa Osborne Ross U.S. chief operating officer, effective immediately. Ross, retains her current title of president of Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. She joined Edelman in 2017 from APCO Worldwide, where she was the managing director of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ross previously served as head of public affairs at Ogilvy. Before that, she served in the Clinton administration, serving as communications director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to promote high-performance workplaces, deputy director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission and chief of staff of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. In her new post, she will drive an evolution of the firm’s operating model as well as overseeing U.S. sectors, talent and business development.
MullenLowe U.S. has named Erica Samadani senior vice president, PR director of its Los Angeles office. Samadani joins MullenLowe from TBWA, where she served as executive director of public relations, leading internal and external communications for TBWAChiatDay, TBWAMedia Arts Lab, and MAL\FOR GOOD. Prior to joining TBWA, Samadani led Ogilvy PR’s Los Angeles office and ran its brand marketing practice for the West Coast. In addition to leading MullenLowe’s PR team in Los Angeles, Samadani will work with the agency’s external communications team to raise the profile of the office. She will report to MullenLowe PR Group’s managing partner and executive vice president Sheila Leyne
Susan Davis International has brought on Abby Eastman as director, events & communications. Eastman joins SDI from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, where she was senior meeting planner. She was previously events service manager for the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, supporting such events as the White House Correspondents’ Association Annual Dinner, The National Prayer Breakfast, The Mystic Krewe of Louisianans Washington Mardi Gras, and Fight Night – Fight for Children.