Infinite Global hires Jean-Luc Renault as an associate VP, based in Los Angeles. Renault comes to the agency from LA law firm Jenner & Block, where he was communications manager, overseeing media relations around high-stakes litigation, sophisticated transactions and law firm business matters. He has also served as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Daily Journal. In his new post, Renault will work with clients to develop public relations initiatives, including media relations, social media and content campaigns. “Jean-Luc has seen the nexus of media, communications, and the legal industry from every angle,” said Infinite Global president Zach Olsen. “I firmly believe his holistic perspective of California and national legal markets will help our clients achieve their strategic media and communications goals.”
Reddit hires Instagram head of business marketing Timo Pelz as its first VP of business marketing. At Instagram, Pelz led the company’s global business brand and product marketing across all channels. He was previously industry lead, financial services for Facebook across Austria, Germany and Switzerland. At Reddit, Pelz is tasked with setting go-to-market strategy for the company’s advertising products and will oversee all aspects of business marketing for managed and self-serve ad clients. “Timo will be instrumental in elevating and driving Reddit’s unique value proposition for new and existing advertisers,” said Reddit CMO Roxy Young.
SparkCognition, an infrastructure-focused artificial intelligence company, appoints Stephen Gold, who served as CMO for IBM’s Watson, to chief marketing officer. Gold most recently served as CMO at electronics manufacturing company HZO. "Stephen is a seasoned, strategic marketer and business leader with demonstrated success guiding top-notch organizations through market transitions and growth. I am looking forward to him playing an integral role in our future success," said SparkCognition founder and CEO Amir Husain.