APCO Worldwide followed recent staffing changes at opinion research consultancy APCO Insight by announcing additional changes to its global leadership team. In officially forming the GLT, APCO named New York-based Managing Director Nelson Fernandez to the North American chairman position and appointed Paris-based MD Nicolas Bouvier to chairman of its European operations. The GLT will also include D.C. Deputy Managing Director Alicia Peterson Clark, Vice Chairman/President Neal Cohen, Shanghai MD Linda Du, Senior Director of Global Marketing/Comms Mara Hedgecoth, President/MD Evan Kraus, future Executive Chairman Margery Kraus, CTO Kathryn Medina, CEO Brad Staples, CFO Denise Teeling, and D.C.-based MD Mike Tuffin. Martina Tydecks serves as the group’s executive director and secretary.
Hunstworth of London named Paul Taaffe, former CEO of Hill&Knowlton Strategies and director of comms for Groupon, as its new chief executive. Taffe, who began his career at Unilever before moving to Weber Shandwick and H&K (where he spent 20 years), replaces outgoing CEO Peter Chadlington. The longtime member of PR Week UK’s “power list” will reportedly use his new position to oversee Hunstworth’s various properties including Grayling, Huntsworth Health, and Citigate. (PR Week UK)
Schwartz Media Strategies of Miami made several new hires/promotions: Yudi Fernandez, a former senior account executive and area business/real estate journalist who’s been with the firm since 2011, will be account director while Jessica Forres and Jennifer Scorpo will be senior account executive and account executive, respectively. Forres began her career as a reporter before moving into media relations while Scorpo formerly served as event planner for Toyosa, the exclusive distributor of Toyota in Bolivia.