Ringer Sciences and The Next Practices Group hire David Armano as EVP, analytics AI strategy, a newly created position. Armano was most recently senior director of marketing at Soul Machines, an AI avatar technology platform powered by Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT. He has previously worked at Edelman, Digitas, Critical Mass and Agency.com. At Ringer, Armano will lead the productization and commercial strategy for the company’s AI-backed analytics, communications and marketing offerings. He will also coordinate the efforts across NPG to work with clients who seek to modernize their analytics functions with the assistance of AI. “David has that rare combination of design and technology expertise and experience in consulting companies of all sizes,” said Yash Gad, PhD, founder and CEO, Ringer Sciences and chief data scientist, The Next Practices Group.
Statewide Public Affairs brings on John Olsen as an SVP to co-chair the agency’s newly created emerging technologies & innovation practice alongside agency partner Wayne Lair, Jr. Olsen was most recently New York state lead at consultancy Standard Practice. He has also served as SVP of state government affairs for the Internet Association and New York state lead for the Blockchain Association. At Statewide, John will guide clients through New York’s regulatory and legislative environment. “When the opportunity arose to work with John to help build out a dedicated practice to serve companies in these new technologies, we jumped at the chance,” said Lair.
O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations names Melinda Sherwood as VP. Sherwood joins the agency from Kreps PR + Marketing, where she was an EVP, leading real estate and hospitality client accounts. She has also served as communications and media manager at real estate services and investment firm CBRE. In her new post, Sherwood will provide strategic counsel and oversight for the agency’s real estate, corporate and education clients. “Melinda brings an impressive PR track record and wealth of experience to our team,” said O&G founder and CEO Barbara Goldberg.
IonQ, a College Park, MD-based quantum computing company, appoints Margaret Arakawa, who led the US Windows and Surface business at Microsoft, as CMO. Arakawa was most recently CMO at cloud computing services company Fastly. Before that, she was CMO at Outreach. At IonQ, Arakawa will play an integral part in IonQ’s growth strategy—both domestically and internationally. . “IonQ brings together leading innovators and builders from across the enterprise and government space, and Margaret is no exception,” said IonQ CEO and president Peter Chapman.