NYU’s School of Professional Studies, which includes its MS programs in integrated marketing, event management, and public relations and corporate communications, has named Angie Kamath dean, effective July 1. Kamath comes to NYU from the City University of New York, where she served as university dean. While at CUNY, she built partnerships with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to create pipelines for a diverse, local workforce; and fundraised more than $20 million for initiatives in workforce development. NYU President Andrew Hamilton said that Kamath “impressed us deeply with her entrepreneurial energy and the spirit and vision she had brought to her role at CUNY.”
Icon Source, a digital marketplace that connects brands with professional and college athletes, has hired Drew Butler to head its collegiate division. Butler was a punter for the University of Georgia from 2007-2011, and then played professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. He now runs his own consulting business, 4th Down Consulting. Butler joins Icon Source as the company expands in response to the NCAA decision to allow college players to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL), as early as July 1. “We are beyond excited to have a former athlete of Drew’s caliber leading our efforts in awareness and education as we navigate the changing regulations around student athlete compensation,” said Icon Source founder and CEO Chase Garrett.
Walker Sands has promoted Payal Pathak to vice president of public relations and Ann Hagner to vice president. Pathak has been with Walker Sands since 2013, most recently serving as senior public relations director. In her new post, she will continue to advise public and private company marketing and communications executives as well as mentoring agency employees. Previously serving as creative director, Hagner partners with the firm's PR, demand generation, editorial content and marketing strategy teams to build and execute creative work for B2B brands. "Payal and Ann have been instrumental to the success of Walker Sands, demonstrating their ability to lead with conviction and compassion," said Walker Sands CEO Mike Santoro.
Golin names Roxana Diba managing director of its office in Bucharest, Romania. Diba has been with the agency since 2020, most recently serving as head of brand communication. She succeeds Irina Roncea in the managing director position. “Our organizational culture is built around people, and the most eloquent example is Roxana, who joined Golin 10 years ago as an intern, and today takes over the management of the company,” said Veronica Savanciuc, president & CEO of Lowe Group, which includes Golin Romania. Cristina Butunoi, who came on as Golin Romania’s head of corporate in 2020, has been promoted to deputy managing director.