Lovell Communications is acquired by Health Management Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in publicly funded healthcare and human services policy, programs, financing and evaluation. Lovell CEO Rosemary Plorin will continue to lead the firm, which will operate as Lovell Communications, an HMA Company. Founded in 1988 and based in Nashville, Tenn., Lovell provides communication solutions and strategies for healthcare organizations across the country. “Lovell’s strategists have an impressive track record of helping healthcare clients overcome challenges and seize opportunities,” said HMA founder, president and co-chairman Jay Rosen said. “They are a natural addition to our company as we open a Nashville office and continue to expand the depth and breadth of services we offer our clients and partners.”


FTI Consulting’s cybersecurity & data privacy communications team launches the Secure Your Seat program, an initiative directed at C-suite leaders in information security who find themselves in the spotlight both internally and externally. The program provides training, counsel and guidance aimed at helping chief information security officers communicate effectively and with authority to the board, senior leaders and external stakeholders. In addition to individual counseling, Secure Your Seat offers hands-on presentation and interviewing coaching, KPI communications workshops, and individual Board CV review and advisory.

Luvell Anderson, Malcolm Frierson

Peppercomm is expanding its Laughing Matters Council, which helps businesses harness the power of humor to support cultural changes and business growth through research and thought leadership. Joining the council are Luvell Anderson, associate professor of philosophy and affiliate faculty in African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University, and Malcolm Frierson, visiting assistant professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Anderson and Frierson and will join Council veterans Clayton Fletcher, David Horning, and Liz Joynt Sandberg. “Research has proven that applied humor opens minds to new ways of thinking, improves creative problem-solving, builds bonds and speeds the path to trust. As a team, this council is helping businesses harness the power of humor to drive real business results,” said Peppercomm CEO Steve Cody.