TrailRunner International names Heather Wilson a managing director in its Dallas-Fort Worth office. Wilson was previously a senior consultant for Silicon Valley communications firm Big Valley Marketing, leading strategic, financial and crisis communications for the firm’s cybersecurity and tech clients. She has also served as managing director and head of California for SKDK, headed Abernathy MacGregor’s San Francisco office and led corporate and crisis communications on the West Coast for Weber Shandwick. “Heather’s wealth of experience as a senior advisor to companies involved in major litigation, transactions, operational crises and other special situations deepens our strength in these areas as we continue to grow as a firm,” said TrailRunner International CEO Jim Hughes.
Praytell hires Jamie Simpson to lead its travel practice as SVP. Simpson joins Praytell from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, where she served as vice president, global communications. She previously held senior positions at MWW, M Booth and Zimmerman Agency. In her new position, Simpson will foster Praytell’s growth in the travel sector through new business and implementation of strategic creative campaigns and initiatives for Praytell travel clients.
FleishmanHillard brings on Will Clarke as executive creative director and partner on the firm’s global creative and planning team. Clarke was most recently executive creative director and executive vice president at The Marketing Arm, overseeing a creative team across its Chicago, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles markets. He was previously executive creative director at Shoptology. Global executive creative director Kev O’Sullivan is moving from FH’s London office to Southern California, where he will serve as creative lead on one of the agency’s top clients. Joel Rodriguez has joined the agency as global executive creative director and partner, He was previously at McCann Worldgroup.