Cognito brings on Sean McCarthy as executive vice president, with responsibility for building the agency’s corporate communications consulting business in the US. McCarthy comes to Cognito from TAQA Group, an Abu Dhabi-based oil and energy company, where he was chief communications officer and external affairs director. He previously served as senior vice president, corporate affairs at Burson-Marsteller, and has held senior corporate communications roles at Weber Shandwick, Edelman and MSL. McCarthy will also serve on Cognito’s US management team. “Sean’s expertise helping C-suite leaders navigate evolving stakeholder expectations while advancing their business interests offers a compelling proposition to our clients,” said Cognito US president Rowan Benecke.
NFP, insurance broker, names Josh Wozman senior vice president, public relations and communications. Wozman comes to NFP from British multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company Willis Towers Watson, where he was director, head of North America public relations. Before that, he was manager of Burson-Marsteller’s corporate practice. In his new post, Wozman is responsible for helping to grow NFP’s global communications infrastructure as the firm expands across North America and Europe. “His background building and leading communications and public relations programs that drive business results will help us accelerate the evolution of our internal and external communications efforts,” said NFP executive vice president and chief marketing officer Eric Boester.
Patreon brings on Ellen Satterwhite, previously vice president at Glen Echo Group, as US head of policy. Reporting to Patreon head of global policy Laurent Crenshaw, Satterwhite will work with the team at Patreon to develop, refine, and implement its creator-first public policy platform at the federal and state levels. She will also build relationships with policymakers in Washington, DC and across the US, as well as advocate on policies that impact the creator and internet-based economy.