Walker Sands names Andrew Cross and Dave Parro as co-CEOs, succeeding outgoing CEO Mike Santoro, who will remain on the Walker Sands board of directors. Cross has been with the agency since 2011, most recently serving as president. As co-CEO, he manages the agency’s billable teams including creative, content, demand generation, strategy and insights, public relations and client services. Parro joined Walker Sands in 2012 and was most recently chief operating officer. He will continue to oversee the agency’s corporate functions including finance, talent, operations, IT and sales and marketing. “Andrew and Dave are world-class leaders supported by extraordinary leaders themselves, and I feel so fortunate knowing this team and our clients are in great hands,” said Santoro.
Narrative Strategies hires Avery Monsees as a director. Monsees was most recently senior advisor for public affairs at the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. She was previously press secretary for Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and a legislative aide for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Her experience in both the administration and the Senate will immediately make us a stronger partner for clients who are both managing cybersecurity threats and navigating debates around tech, privacy, data security, and other pressing policy issues,” said Narrative Strategies Founding Partner Ken Spain. The agency has also brought on Jack Turman, who was previously a Capitol Hill producer and reporter for CBS News, as strategic communications manager, and Evelyn Humphrey, who most recently worked in the office of Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), as operations manager.
The National Association of Realtors appoints Suzanne Bouhia as chief marketing and communications officer, effective Dec. 11. Bouhia most recently served as chief communications officer for the Americas at EY. She previously led communications and marketing for two of EY’s US regions and was Americas internal communications and people engagement leader. Before that, Bouhia was national director of marketing and communications for Reznick Group, now CohnReznick. At NAR, she will lead the marketing and communications group to set its vision, strategy and long-term management approach for communications, branding and marketing. “Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to NAR,” said NAR interim CEO Nykia Wright.