Flagship Pioneering, life sciences company, hires Christine Heenan as senior partner and chief communications officer. Heenan is the founder and president of advocacy and social impact focused consulting firm Clarendon Group. From 2008 to 2015, she was vice president of public affairs and communications for Harvard University, and is currently an executive fellow at Harvard Business School. Heenan served in the White House during the Clinton Administration as a senior policy analyst and speechwriter, focused on health care policy and gender equity as part of the Domestic Policy Council team. She joins Flagship’s senior leadership team and will work to shape the organization’s global brand strategy and oversee all external communications. “Christine’s leadership at the intersection of science, academia, policy, and international development brings new capabilities to Flagship and promises to expand our role in important global conversations about science and society,” said Flagship founder and CEO Noubar Afeyan.
CMW Media, which specializes in emerging markets such as the science of cannabinoid therapeutics, appoints Kyle Porter as chief executive officer. Porter has been the company’s president since 2017, overseeing 245 percent growth in CMW’s revenue as well as a restructuring that added a digital marketing division to the agency. Before coming to CMW, he was director of operations at Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations. “Since Kyle joined the executive team, I could not be more proud and humbled to observe his adaptability, ability to establish cutting-edge processes that have enabled us to scale rapidly, and to witness his grace at handling our growing team and client base,” said CMW Media Founder Andrew Hard. Headquartered in downtown San Diego, CMW services clients across three departments: public relations, digital marketing and creative design.
PressFriendly, a startup-focused agency, recruits Michael Selvidge as managing partner. Selvidge comes to the agency from computer software company Lob, where he was head of communications. He has also served as director of communications at AppLovin and senior manager, corporate communications at Twilio. “Michael brings the technical expertise and startup attitude necessary to manage our growth and lead our expansion into the growth-stage, B2B startup space. He basically wrote the book on developer communications with his trailblazing work at Twilio, and I look forward to his innovative ideas he’ll bring our clients in the ever-changing media landscape” said PressFriendly founder and CEO Joel Andren. Andren will be stepping away from day-to-day operations to focus on the launch of a new PR collaboration platform in January.