The Goss Agency announced the addition of Mark Schofield as senior vice president, director of account leadership, to their executive management and account staff. Mark Schofield was most recently director of client services for the Atlanta marketing agency Modo Modo, where he pioneered social media campaign development, managed new staff and account team training, increasing service productivity and efficiencies. Prior, at McKinney and Silver Advertising, he managed new business wins of nearly $1 billion, and supervised campaign creation and account fulfillment for multiple clients. Later, Schofield’s account teams at Jennings and Company of Chapel Hill, NC, achieved national excellence recognition, winning the Gold and Silver Asters, Tellys and Sabre advertising awards for their work.
Columbus, Ohio’s Fahlgren Mortine has acquired Denver-area firm Turner PR. The acquisition, which closed on January 1st with help from StevensGouldPincus, was designed to expand Fahlgren Mortine’s reach in the tourism industry as Turner specializes in travel and lifestyle clients. No related staffing changes have been announced to date and Turner will continue to operate under its own name; according to O’Dwyer’s, the resulting unit will rank among the fifteen largest independent firms in the country. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Global Strategy Group (GSG) announced that Kate Hansen has joined the firm as vice president, communications. Hansen will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Hansen comes to GSG from FWD.us – an advocacy organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies that keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy – where she was communications director. In her new role, Hansen will continue to work with FWD.us, a GSG client. Prior to FWD.us, Kate was communications director for the Democratic Governors Association, the Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, and former Representative Patrick J. Murphy.
CBS News has promoted two members of its communications team. Kelli Halyard, named executive director, will assume a new role and direct day-to-day operations for the department. Kelli has been with CBS News for many years and she has held several increasingly responsible positions in communications. Meanwhile, Lance Frank has been promoted to director of communications for the CBS Evening News. (TVNewser)
Chris Byrne, a senior producer at Fox News who worked on Hannity for the past five years, accepted a role at DC-based communications firm Capitol Media Partners just before the new year. Byrne, who will lead the firm’s newly-opened New York City office, also worked for the Bush White House from 2005-2009 handling media relations and assorted responsibilities. Capitol Media was founded in 2009 by Richard Grenell, who served as the US spokesman at the United Nations from 2001-2008. (TVNewser)
Delivery.com, an e-commerce platform for retailers, named Kate McGee its VP of marketing. McGee brings extensive experience in digital retail to the position; she previously held the same title at mySupermarket and served as marketing director at Wag.com, a Quidsi/Amazon company. In her previous life, McGee was an investment banker. Delivery.com’s agency of record is Spark PR. (Release)