bath balsamBeth Balsam, managing director of Citizen Relations' New York outpost, is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies to take the US/CEO reins from Mike Coates, Americas CEO.

The 11-year veteran of Citizen Relations handled responsibility for its key Procter & Gamble account.

Prior to Citizen, Balsam did eight years at FleishmanHillard and worked in Revlon's PR shop.

She'll join H+K in the fall. Coates will remain on H+K’s global council and continue as global practices chief and president/CEO of the Americas.

Coates called Balsam's consumer marketing savvy "a tremendous complement to H+K’s US strengths."