APCO Worldwide president Evan Kraus has been named interim vice chair of the PR Council. Kraus will serve in the position, which had been vacant as the organization updated its bylaws, until Dec. 31. Hotwire CEO, North America, Heather Kernahan is serving as interim chair. Earlier this year, the PR Council launched the Agency-Ready Certificate Program and career portal, targeting college students and recent graduates interested in PR agency careers. “The PRC’s 2020 plans include several initiatives to safeguard the economics and enhance the reputation of the industry, and those are more important than ever as firms embrace the ‘next normal,’” Kraus said.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has brought on Peter Land as chief communications and sustainability officer, a newly created position. Land comes to the company from Finsbury, where he served as partner. (Finsbury is Dick’s public relations agency of record.) He previously was senior vice president, corporate communications at both AOL and PepsiCo, chief marketing officer for the Breeders’ Cup and global managing director at Edelman. In his new post, Land is responsible for internal and external communications including media relations, government affairs, internal, store and executive communications, crisis communications, corporate event management and sustainability.
Montieth & Company has hired Cameron Penny as a director in its London office, overseeing the firm’s operations in EMEA. Penny joins Montieth & Company from Peregrine Communications, where he served as a director, developing a roster of clients that included Willis Towers Watson, CA Ventures and the State Bank of India. He previously managed communications and engagement initiatives at the Bank of England and was head of financial services at Hanover Communications. In his new post, Perry will play a critical role in liaising with the Hong Kong and New York offices on the continued expansion of the firm’s cross-border business. He will also join M&Co’s global management team.