Burson, the outgrowth of Hill & Knowlton and BCW, has made its initial round of leadership appointments. BCW CEO, Americas Kristine Boyden will take the same spot with Burson, and Hill & Knowlton US CEO Craig Buchholz will now be Burson’s US CEO. Hill & Knowlton CEO, UK Simon Whitehead and BCW CEO, EMEA Scott Wilson are also transitioning to the same positions at the newly formed firm. Bashar AlKadhi, currently CEO of EMEAx at H&K, becomes Burson’s CEO, Middle East, Turkey, India and Africa; H&K president, Asia-Pacific HS Chung will be CEO, North Asia-Pacific at Burson; BCW president, Asia-Pacific Matt Stafford will be CEO, South Asia-Pacific for Burson; and Brian Burlingame, H&K CEO, Latin America retains that post at the new firm. “These leaders have performed exceptionally in their current roles and will bring that same commitment and rigor to their new positions at Burson,” said BCW global CEO Corey duBrowa, who will also be Burson’s global CEO.
LaVoieHealthScience hires Katie Dodge as SVP and general manager of its Boston headquarters. Dodge comes to LHS from Ruder Finn, where she was a VP. She has also worked at Salutem, JPA Health, Weber Shandwick, KYNE and Edelman. In her new role, Dodge is responsible for agency and client excellence in LHS’ commercial and emerging communication practices with a focus on growth, people and best practices. “Katie brings an entrepreneurial mindset to our agency and a record of accomplishment of client success across a portfolio pharmaceutical, biopharma, life science, medical technology, and related fields,” said LaVoieHealthScience president and CEO Donna L. LaVoie.
Aperture Investors, a $3.67B alternative asset manager, hires Louis Molinari as CMO. Molinari joins Aperture from Barclays Capital, where he most recently served as global head of capital introductions and hedge fund consulting, playing a key role in expanding the firm’s institutional investor base. He was previously president at Wachovia, managing partner at Metropolitan West Financial, and managing director at Merrill Lynch. At Aperture, Molinari will be responsible for overseeing the company's fund-raising efforts across its strategies globally. “Lou brings unparalleled expertise and a demonstrated history of success in growing a wide range of global asset management and asset financing businesses, particularly in the development of capital formation strategies for hedge funds and other institutional products,” said Aperture Investors chairman and CEO Peter Kraus.
Red Door Interactive promotes Stephanie Ranson to chief client officer. Ranson has been with the agency since 2010, most recently serving as VP of client services. In her new role, Ranson will enhance the agency’s productization strategies while helping strengthen long-standing relationships with its clients across multiple regions. She will also continue to oversee the client services team. “Stephanie’s dedication, know-how and innovative spirit have left an indelible mark on every facet of our business,” said Red Door Interactive CEO and executive creative director Reid Carr.