Karen Clyne, who was head of communications at BlackBerry, has joined BCW as executive VP & technology practice leader for North America.
She takes over for Michael Ann Thomas, executive VP & global tech lead, who joined BCW from APCO Worldwide in 2018
Clyne assumed her BlackBerrry post in 2019 after a three-year stint at MWWPR, which is now MikeWorldWide, where she was executive VP, western region leader and tech chief.
At BlackBerry, she set up the corporate communications structure and guided its global rebranding effort.
Earlier in her 20 year-plus career, Clyne was senior VP at Eastwick, VP at Herrick Media, and senior director of corporate communications at Brisbane Digital Consulting Group.
Clyne reports to Brooke Hovey, global chief growth officer and NA president. She will remain in San Francisco.
“It is a bonus that she is based in and has spent her entire career in California, the epicenter of so many technology innovations and tech policy issues that affect business across nearly every industry,” said Hovey of Clyne.