Weber Shandwick has named Brian Offutt chief workforce innovation & operations officer, a newly created position aimed at shaping the future of the company’s workforce and workplace, ensuring agility, inclusivity and equity are at the core of how the agency operates. Offutt previously served as managing director, people and process at strategic advisory and business development firm MediaLink, where he also led the formation of its talent practice. From 2013 to 2016, he was chief operating officer for Combs Enterprises, with operational oversight across Sean “Diddy” Combs’ brands. Before that, he was a senior operations executive for Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group and chief operating officer at Broadway Video. In his new post, Offutt will collaborate with leaders across the firm’s human resources, talent acquisition, client services and diversity, equity & inclusion groups – including chief employee experience officer Abby Gold and senior vice president, diversity & inclusion Judith Harrison. “As we take action to address structural inequities in our company and our communities, Brian, with his impressive experience and expertise, will bring an operational lens to ensuring we deliver for our people and our clients now, in the next decade and beyond,” said Weber Shandwick president & CEO Gail Heimann.
Challenger bank Dave has named former Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall as chief marketing officer. Mildenhall will continue to serve as chairman of brand consultancy TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, which he co-founded after leaving Airbnb in 2018. Before joining Airbnb, Mildenhall was senior vice president of marketing and design at The Coca-Cola Company. In his newly created role, Mildenhall will lead all growth and brand marketing initiatives as well as working with the product team to further Dave’s development as a financial app. Dave says it has more than seven million customers and has been named one of the 10 most highly valued challenger banks worldwide by CB Insights.
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has selected Jacqueline Bucher to head up its communications office. Bucher comes to her new post from marketing firm Mind2Media, which she founded in addition to serving as president. She was previously vice president and head of communications at Roche Molecular Solutions, global communications leader at Honeywell and leader of the global internal business communications function at Intel. Founded in 1967, Fermilab is supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.