Summit Strategy Group, a public affairs, corporate reputation and ESG consulting firm, brings on Erica Swerdlow as a managing director to lead client development and growth initiatives. Most recently CEO at Tilis Group, Swerdlow was previously CEO of Stagwell-owned Wye Communications (now KWT Global). She has also served as an executive VP at Burson-Marsteller (now BCW) and Porter Novelli, and founded EBS PublicRelations. “She has launched and sold her own company, grown other firms from start-up stage and led business development operations for large, public companies,” said Summit founder & CEO Michael Law. “She will be an essential partner to me as Summit navigates the next stage of our growth.”
Seven Letter hires Blair Taylor as a managing director and Maura Hogan as a senior director. Taylor, who will work in the agency’s Washington office, was most recently communications director for former Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and the Senate Appropriations Committee, regularly shepherding Senate Republican communicators through policy messaging battles. Hogan, who will be based in Seven Letter’s Boston office, was most recently a senior VP at BCW’s Direct Impact unit, where she specialized in corporate reputation, executive visibility, public affairs and ESG/sustainability. She has also been an assistant VP for global marketing and corporate communications at State Street Corporation, as well as serving in several positions at the US Department of State, including digital communications advisor to Secretary of State John F. Kerry. “With Blair and Maura joining the firm, we are deepening an already impressive bench, expanding our corporate communications practice and broadening our expertise in public affairs,” said Seven Letter founding partner Trevor Francis.
Core BTS, a digital transformation consulting firm, names Stacey Doherty as senior VP of marketing. Doherty most recently led strategic branding and marketing initiatives at IT services and consulting company ConvergeOne. She has also served as a regional marketing leader at BDO and senior manager, strategic marketing at Deloitte. At Core BTS, Doherty will lead a team with responsibility for go-to-market strategy execution, demand generation, product marketing, public relations, partner marketing, and brand development and advocacy. "Stacey's industry background and experience guiding brands through market expansion makes her uniquely qualified to lead Core BTS through its next phase of growth," said Core BTS chief executive officer Kevin Thimjon.