Omnicom Public Relations Group names Michele Chase as its first chief people officer. Chase comes to Omnicom from GroupM, where she was global executive director, people, corporate and investment. She has also held executive HR positions at WBR Consulting, BCW Global and Teneo. In her new role, Chase will have global responsibility for all aspects of people engagement, experience and talent management, reporting to OPRG CEO Chris Foster. “She is a highly respected and influential industry leader, with the perfect expertise to help create a working community dedicated to shaping the future of communications and serving clients in bold new ways,” said Foster.
Violet PR hires David Margolis as account director to help lead its economic development division. Most recently, Margolis served as principal at Conway PR & Marketing, where he oversaw economic development public relations and marketing campaigns across North America, Europe and Asia. He was previously an associate director of ADERLY–New York, an investment promotion agency for the city of Lyon in France. “David’s skill set and track record of success will help us grow our international practice as we continue to expand in 2022,” said Violet PR president April Mason.
McNeely Brockman Public Relations adds Lydia Lenker as senior advisor. Lenker was most recently a communications and media consultant, with clients including nonprofits and an online media start-up. She has also served as press secretary to former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen and manager of the Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University. Before that, Lender was a political reporter and weekend for Nashville’s NewsChannel 5. “Lydia will provide a deep knowledge of media and strategic messaging and we are thrilled that she has joined our team,” said MBPR partner Kelly Brockman.
OverActive Media hires Matt McGlynn as vice president of marketing and brand. McGlynn was most recently vice president of brand at Royal Bank of Canada. Before joining RBC in 2011, he was a brand manager at PlayStation. At OverActive, McGlynn will lead the company’s strategic marketing portfolio including brand growth for the esports teams Toronto Ultra and Toronto Defiant, content development and distribution, partnership activations, data strategy and deployment, creative direction and design, event strategy and promotion, and merchandise creative and sales. “Matt’s impressive and varied experience over a cross-section of industries is a welcome addition to our senior leadership team,” said OverActive Media chief commercial officer Alyson Walker.