M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America hires Nijha Diggs as SVP. Diggs was most recently senior director of PR at Smile Train, a nonprofit organization and charity providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. She was previously an account supervisor at MWW and has also worked at 5W Public Relations, Ketchum and Padilla. Diggs has worked with such clients as Dyson, McDonald’s, Samsung and Philips Electronics. In her new role, she will oversee one of the agency’s largest beverage clients, driving campaigns, programming and events across sports, music and dance, managing a team of over 25 members.
FINN Partners promotes Julie Walsh to senior partner. Walsh has been with the agency since 2013, most recently serving as partner. Before coming to the agency, she worked at Burson-Marsteller and Walker Sands. In her new role, Walsh will collaborate with FINN’s global public affairs practice leadership to direct and grow client engagements, propel client acquisition initiatives and drive staff development. “Julie has been a tremendous asset in the cultivation of long-term relationships with many Public Affairs clients and this unwavering commitment to excellence is a key component of the practice’s continued growth,” said FINN senior partner and public affairs practice leader Robin Crawford.
Relevance International brings on Dane Wisher as VP. Wisher joins Relevance International from The Berman Group, where he was managing director, PR. He was previously a communications strategist at Lendlease. In his new role, Wisher will help lead the strategy and execution of content and public relations across US and global client accounts, as well as help continue to build Relevance International’s presence among key audience and business development targets. “Dane brings a diversified range of successful client experience for organizations across the built environment, technology, finance, sustainability, and wider corporate sectors,” said Relevance International CEO and founder Suzanne Rosnowski.
Autism Speaks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions for people with autism, names Kelli Seely chief marketing officer. Seely was most recently chief marketing, communications and development officer at Special Olympics. Her previous positions include senior vice president/chief development officer of the United Service Organizations (USO) and president and CEO of Make-a-Wish Foundation Los Angeles. At Autism Speaks, Seely will develop and lead the overall marketing and communications strategy for the organization. “Kelli has a proven track record of building and sustaining nonprofit organizational success and engaging directly with special needs communities to create an impact on local and national levels,” said Autism Speaks president and CEO Keith Wargo.