Weber Shandwick expands the roles of Pam Jenkins and Rana Komar as it further integrates its practices, offerings and operations across North America. Jenkins, who serves as president, global public affairs and president, Weber Shandwick South, will take on the additional role of head of practice and sector integration for North America. Rana Komar, who is president, Weber Shandwick Central, will take on the role of general manager, North America. Both Jenkins and Komar will retain their current remits. In her new role, Jenkins will drive collaboration and integration between the agency’s core practices and sectors, drawing on her experiences leading both the global public affairs practice and the South region, which includes Baltimore, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. As general manager, North America, Komar will work with regional and office leaders to drive business excellence from all 22 offices across the North America network. “These new roles will help us ensure the excellence we’ve seen from our multi-disciplinary task force model are continued and accelerated,” said president, North America Joy Farber Kolo.
The Ehrhardt Group brings on Catherine Koppel as senior counselor. She will provide strategic guidance to the New Orleans-based firm’s leadership team and staff in the areas of client development, firm operations and public affairs. Koppel most recently worked in television news as a senior producer for Reuters in New York. She also worked for Reuters Video News in Moscow and Washington D.C. Before joining Reuters, Koppel held editorial positions WVUE-TV and WGNO-TV, both based in New Orleans. “Catherine’s inherent knowledge of our region, combined with her 25 years of experience in public and internal relations, strategic planning and image development, will enhance our scope of offerings to our clients and the organizations we do business with and expand our footprint in the Gulf South,” said The Ehrhardt Group president Mark Ehrhardt.
FleishmanHillard makes five executive appointments across its new diversity, equity and inclusion team, which will be responsible for accelerating the agency’s progress and widening the breadth of its perspectives. Rachel Coleman, a managing director in the agency’s Chicago office, will serve as Chicago DE&I director. John Soriano, a vp, will now be DE&I director for the agency in Los Angeles. San Francisco-based managing director Francesca Weems takes on the role of that office’s DE&I director. Chavonne Jones will serve as DE&I storytelling managing editor in New York, and will step into the role of managing editor for FHPerspectives. Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt will lead DE&I programs in the Sacramento office. “This group will help us stay focused on our ambition, support the advancement of the agency’s DE&I progress and help us better serve our clients,” said FleishmanHillard chief diversity and inclusion officer Adrianne C. Smith.