Thunder11 has named Dan Perry, a longtime foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, managing partner. Perry led AP in the Caribbean, then in Europe and Africa from London, and most recently in the Middle East from a base in Cairo. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chairman of the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem. Since leaving AP in 2018, he has focused on business and technology projects. At Thunder11, Perry will help oversee and optimize operations and client service, pursue global partnerships and aim to scale the business. From a base in Tel Aviv, a major global innovation hub, he will also serve as a gateway to Israeli tech companies. Perry joins a leadership team that includes senior partner Marco Greenberg, creative partner Liel Leibovitz and VP of media relations Ryan Birchmeier.
Kite Hill PR has hired Jeanne Meyer as chief client officer. Meyer was previously founder and CEO of strategic marketing, communications and brand advisory Watch This Space. Before that, she was senior vice president of marketing and communications at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Meyer has also served as executive vice president, corporate communications for Current TV and senior vice president, corporate communications for the Americas at global music company EMI Group. At Kite Hill, Meyer is spearheading client strategy and the firm’s expansion into performance-driven content marketing, social media and virtual event production. “Jeanne brings keen strategic and creative leadership, a respected global network, a growth mindset and specific expertise that has immediately inspired our team and added value across our growing roster of clients,” said Kite Hill founder and CEO Tiffany Guarnaccia.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which provides sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, has promoted Caroline Klein to Chief Communications Officer. Klein has been with the company since 2012, most recently serving as executive vice president, corporate communications & public relations. She was previously media relations director at Isabelli Media Relations and an account executive at Wagstaff Worldwide Chicago. In her new role, Klein will lead corporate positioning efforts, managing the company’s reputation through consistent messaging across all touchpoints; developing new and enhanced communications strategies; and overseeing all aspects of corporate communications. She will also serve as Chief Communications Officer of Preferred’s sister division, PHG Consulting, a global travel and tourism marketing and consulting agency.
Brex, a San Francisco-based financial service and technology company, has hired June Sauvaget as chief marketing officer. Sauvaget comes to Brex from Spotify, where she served as global head of consumer and product marketing. She was previously head of marketing, North America for Gap Inc. and senior director, Asia-Pacific and South America marketing for Shiseido Americas Corporation. In her new post, Sauvaget will lead Brex’s messaging as expands it offering to companies outside the traditional startup ecosystem. “June is a word-class brand marketer. Her very strong consumer DNA will be transformational for our growth plans to connect with a broader set of businesses,” said Brex co-CEO Henrique Dubugras.