Leach Advisors, which is headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, expands into New York City and Charlotte. The firm has also introduced a new website that showcases its expanded service offerings to mid-cap companies that require communications expertise on merger & acquisition transactions and go-to-market corporate branding solutions. The New York City office, at 154 West 14th Street, is managed by senior advisor for brand strategy and crisis communication Liz Savery, a veteran of FleishmanHillard and Cohn & Wolfe who has designed and led corporate and brand reputation campaigns and crisis communications initiatives for fintech, healthcare and technology companies. The new Charlotte office is managed by senior advisor for corporate affairs Jessica Antle, who has an extensive corporate and agency career history that includes AvidXchange, Mastercard and Waggener Edstrom. Leach Advisors president Alfred Leach says that the Charlotte office will “broaden our reach to domestic and international companies that are relocating operations to North Carolina” while the New York location “will add additional depth to our ability to counsel our clients across financial services and technology while sitting at the apex of media.”


PROI Worldwide announces its international management board slate for 2023/2024, led by Jeff Lambert, chair of Michigan-based Lambert Global, who will serve as the organization’s global chair. The board also includes: Angela Scaffidi of Australia’s Senate/SHJ, who is global chair-elect; Nicola Nel of South Africa’s Accenture Song and Rebecca Mayo of Lansons, U.K., who are EMEA region vice-chairs; Ramonna Robinson of GFM/Center Table and Julie Colehour of C+C, Americas region vice-chairs; and APAC region vice-chairs Arwa Husain (Adfactors, India) and Philippa Honner (Honner Media, Australia). Jeff Altheide will serve as PROI Worldwide global managing director and board secretary/treasurer and Jean Leopold Schuybroek will be director of global development. PROI Worldwide encompasses more than 90 PR and communications businesses in 165 cities and 65 countries.


Chava Communications, a media, events and marketing company, acquires Local Culture, an agency that specializes in digital, social media and experiential marketing, along with four independent media organizations from Cleveland-based company Euclid Media Group: Cleveland Scene, San Antonio Current, Orlando Weekly and Creative Loafing Tampa. Chava was founded by Michael Wagner and Cassandra Yardeni Wagner, who were previously co-chief operating officer and VP of marketing at Euclid. Euclid’s other publications, the Riverfront Times, Detroit Metro Times, Cincinnati CityBeat and LEO Weekly of Louisville, KY, are now owned by former Euclid co-COO Chris Keating, who will operate them as Big Lou Holdings LLC.