Roll Call: Ketchum, FTI Consulting, Cohn & Wolfe and More

Ketchum announced it has increased its investment to a significant majority position in its operations in Brazil. Previously, Ketchum owned a minority stake in the operation, which has been its valued partner in Brazil since 1997. The firm will be rebranded as Ketchum, from Ketchum Estrategia, effective immediately. Ketchum’s Brazil operation will continue to be led by its co-founders, partner and CEO Valeria Perito and partner and COO Rosana Monteiro. Long-time associate Regina Gobbo, senior vice president, will also play a vital role in the office’s future. Perito will report to Jon Higgins, Ketchum senior partner and CEO, International. Under her leadership, the Brazil team will continue to collaborate closely with other offices and affiliates across Ketchum’s global network, and in particular within the rapidly growing Latin-America region. (Release)

FTI Consulting, Inc. announced that it has bolstered its Media & Entertainment group with the addition of three professionals in Los Angeles, including Philip Schuman, who joins the firm as a senior managing director and co-leader of FTI Consulting’s Media & Entertainment group, as well as Cindy Wang and Daniel Punt who both join the firm as managing directors from HighView Media (“HVM”). In addition, FTI Consulting announced that Alexander Trauttmansdorff and Fabrice de Sez of HVM’s European unit will become affiliated with FTI Consulting to provide media and entertainment expertise in Europe. (Release)

Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Kristie Kuhl and Maura Bergen to EVP roles in its US healthcare practice. Kuhl and Bergen will focus on client relationships and respiratory product launches. Both will manage multi-layer teams at the firm. Kuhl previously worked at Makovsky as EVP and deputy practice leader during a career of more than 13 years at the firm, while Bergen previously served as MD at Twist Marketing, a W2O company, and served as director of public relations at Novartis. (PRWeek)

 The DAS Group of Companies (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. announced the acquisition of DDC Advocacy, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that conducts advocacy campaigns for major corporations, trade associations, business coalitions and nonprofit organizations. DDC Advocacy will offer its services across Omnicom’s companies. Founded in 1996, DDC Advocacy employs state-of-the-art technology and data through Democracy Direct, its proprietary Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) platform. The technology platform uses data-driven insights to conduct campaign-style advocacy programs that help clients achieve business and policy goals. (Release)



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