Finn Partners promotes Nicole Cottrill to senior partner and health provider services group head, a newly created position. Cottrill joined Finn Partners in 2015, when it acquired Seigenthaler Public Relations, where she had been a partner. She was previously a vice president at Rasky Baerlein. In her new position, Cottrill will serve as senior counselor for the agency's clients within the healthcare provider sector including hospitals and health systems, physician practices, long-term and post-acute care providers, and specialists in areas including oncology and behavioral health. "The pandemic has brought the multiple communications challenges facing this nation's fragmented health ecosystem to the fore," said Gil Bashe, managing partner of Finn’s global health practice, “Nicole is recognized by health provider executives for addressing those challenges with proven ability to elevate institutional thought leadership, champion brand and economic value, manage complex crises, and address how provider organizations must serve as beacons of patient care under all conditions."
The Brandon Agency hires Stephen Childress as chief creative officer, a new position at the agency. Childress most recently served as chief creative officer at Scoppechio, overseeing all digital, creative, social, content and production for the agency's portfolio of clients. In his new post, Childress will serve on Brandon’s leadership steering team and establish the creative vision for the agency. "Stephen is a generational creative talent with a passion for data and technology. He has a great track record of success and has worked with some of America's leading brands," said The Brandon Agency CEO Scott Brandon. "This, along with his strong digital chops make him the perfect creative leader at the right time for us."
George P. Johnson, experiential marketing shop, promotes Fiona Bruder to president of its North and South America operations. Bruder has been with GPJ since 2002, most recently serving as executive vice president, client success. She has been instrumental in expanding the agency globally, developing experiential marketing programs and teams, and managing more than 4,000 events each year, as well as championing the development of the agency’s employee resource groups, which are designed to encourage inclusion, diversity and equality. In her new post, Bruder will manage GPJ’s practice leads, including integrated production, digital engagement, strategy and creative. “Fiona has long been a remarkable leader and contributor to our business. She’s consistently brought a powerful combination of business acumen and empathy to her work, and the results speak for themselves,” said Robert G. Vallee, Jr., CEO of GPJ’s parent agency network, Project Worldwide.
Altais, a healthcare services start-up, hires Bill Cummings as senior director of marketing and external communications, and Jena Corda as director of communications. Cummings joins the company from Lone Pine Consulting, where he was a marketing and communications consultant. He was previously vice president, marketing & communications at Thinfilm Electronics ASA, a technology company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has held senior roles at Deloitte Consulting, Fidelity Investments, Prologis and Charles Schwab. Corda has led Altais’ internal communications efforts as a consultant since March 2020. Before that, she led communications for the office of the CMO at NetApp, and was senior executive communications manager at Cisco. “Bill and Jena bring deep marketing and communication expertise to Altais,” said president and CEO Jeff Bailet.