New York Life brings on Paul Gennaro to succeed Kevin Heine, who is retiring, as its head of communications. Gennaro joins New York Life from Voya Financial, where he was SVP, chief brand and communications officer and chief of staff. Before coming to Voya, Gennaro was SVP for corporate communications and CCO of global support services firm AECOM. He has also led communications at Johns Manville (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway), Ingersoll-Rand, Dell and American Express. At New York Life, Gennaro is responsible for leading corporate communications and overseeing roughly 60 employees. Heine is set to retire at the end of the year and is working to ensure a smooth transition through then.
IPG agency Current Global names Mike Fair executive VP, strategic planning, effective Oct. 9. Fair was most recently executive director, strategy and insights at VMLY&R. He previously held strategy roles at Weber Shandwick, Havas, FCB, and Commonwealth/McCann, working with such clients as AutoZone, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, TracFone Wireless and Walmart. In his new post, Fair will oversee strategy across Current Global’s North America corporate, consumer and healthcare practice groups. “As an integrated, inventive, and intuitive thinker, he will help us differentiate our strategic process, develop our talented team, and deliver authentic and impactful work for our clients,” said Current Global CEO Virginia Devlin.
BoardroomPR welcomes Jessica Shein back to the firm as an account director. Shein was an account executive at BoardroomPR from 2012 to 2017. She was most recently an account director at PressFriendly, a San Francisco-based agency. Before that, she served as director of communications for Whole Woman’s Health, a national healthcare and advocacy organization, and WorldStrides, a Virginia-based international educational travel company. She has experience representing clients in the legal, professional services, tech, healthcare, insurance, travel and nonprofit industries. “She is a talented communications professional with a diverse range of experiences which will greatly benefit our clients,” said BoardroomPR COO Donald Silver.