Baretz+Brunelle brings on Laura Gingiss as senior managing director in its Chicago office and Wayne Kessler as managing director in its New York office. Gingiss was previously head of business marketing communications at Deloitte Consulting. Before that, she served as vice president, corporate communications at Sterling Talent Solutions and director of PR and communications at Wolters Kluwer. Kessler joins B+B from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a New York legal firm where he led communications efforts. He previously managed the communications functions for three Am Law 100 firms (Paul Hastings LLP, Heller Ehrman LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop LLP) and oversaw global communications efforts for the American Arbitration Association. Both Gingiss and Kessler will play key roles leading the PR, marketing and business development efforts for Baretz+Brunelle’s roster of legal industry clients.
Spirit of America, a nonprofit citizen service organization that supports the safety and success of U.S. troops and diplomats serving abroad, hires Alan Feldenkris as its first chief marketing officer. Feldenrkis was formerly managing director, global brand marketing and strategy, for The Nature Conservancy. He also served as executive director of marketing and branding at NPR and spent several years as vice president, interactive marketing at AOL. In his new post, Feldenkris will be responsible for generating revenue and raising the visibility of Spirit of America, as well as overseeing the development and marketing & communications teams. “He brings the marketing, communications, and branding know-how that Spirit of America needs to expand our reach, engage more citizens in our work, and dramatically grow our revenues," said Sprit of America CEO Jim Hake.
Crosby Marketing Communications promotes Madeleine Beck to vice president, integration management, and Sabrina Ostrowski to vice president, contracting & financial management. Beck has been with the agency since 2009, overseeing national public education campaigns and highly targeted behavior-change programs. Ostrowski joined Crosby in 2015, and has been responsible for all contract administration for the firm’s government practice. Crosby president and CEO Raymond Crosby said that Beck and Ostrowski “have been instrumental in supporting our growth and are strong leaders who embody our collaborative culture.”