BCW named Mary Corcoran president, North America, effective May 1. Corcoran joins BCW from Real Chemistry, where she ran the tWist operating company, the communications business, and most recently, had served as chief client officer. Before that, she was chief operating officer in Edelman's New York office. Corcoran succeeds Brooke Hovey, who is returning to her role as BCW's global chief growth officer. In her new position, Corcoran will be responsible for business growth; talent acquisition, development and retention; and senior client counsel for the agency's largest region, in addition to serving on BCW's executive committee and global board. "She has experience across nearly every industry and discipline, plus an impeccable track record of successfully leading increasingly large and complex P&Ls to outsized growth," said BCW global CEO Donna Imperato.
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Peaks Strategies, which focuses on financial services and capital markets, hires Morrison "Mo" Shafroth as managing director. Shafroth is founder of Momentum Communications Strategy. He was previously a director at Peppercomm and a vice president at Walek & Associates, where her worked alongside Peaks Strategies founder and managing partner Thomas Walek and partner Armel Leslie. His experience spans asset management, financial services, ESG, impact investing, retirement plan services, and RIA channels. "Mo brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm and complements the depth and expertise we currently have," said Walek.
Development Counsellors International promotes Katherine Saunders to executive vice president, client strategy. Saunders most recently served as senior vp, client strategy for the agency's economic development practice. She was previously vice president corporate communications at Hill & Knowlton. In her new role, Saunders will continue to serve as a lead strategist for client work. She will also serve as the lead on DCI's talent attraction practice, overseeing all aspects of managing, promoting, advancing, coordinating and elevating talent attraction marketing on behalf of the agency. "Her expertise in economic development, talent attraction and place marketing, combined with her ability to build strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement in client communities around the globe, make Kat an ideal leader to advance this important practice area," said DCI partner Julie Curtin.
Kallyope, a therapeutic platform focused on gut-brain biology, names Anita Kawatra executive vice president, corporate affairs. Kawatra was most recently chief corporate affairs officer at clinical data analytics platform nference. She has served as an executive vice president at Edelman, and has also held global roles at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Prothena Biosciences, Merck & Co., and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Earlier in her career, Kawatra was in the administrations of NYC mayor David Dinkins and New York governor Mario Cuomo.