Fleishman-Hillard Celebrates Banner Year for Strategic Hires

December 16, 2010

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Agency Responds to Changing Client Needs by Diversifying Senior Talent Base

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16, 2010 — During a year when much of the industry continues to struggle with the lingering softness in the economy, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has had extraordinary success in achieving one of its top global priorities: broadening and diversifying its senior talent base.

“As we worked our way through the economic downturn, we made a conscious decision to keep strategically hiring new staff from traditional and nontraditional fields to keep our firm at the forefront when it comes to meeting client demands,” said Dave Senay, president and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard. “As a result, this was a banner year for Fleishman-Hillard in terms of attracting prominent game-changers in their respective fields to join our global team.”

“They've come from corporate life and from the medical profession,” said Agnes Gioconda, the firm's chief talent officer. “They've come from our competitors. They've come from advertising, marketing, promotional and digital agencies. And they've come from NGOs and governments and politics. But whatever their backgrounds, they've enhanced our ability to deliver integrated communications solutions that make a real difference for our clients.”

A sampling of these senior hires across the Fleishman-Hillard network includes:

  • John Blyth (senior vice president and partner, Dallas) – Former senior corporate communications officer at McDonald's.
  • John Capobianco (senior vice president and partner, Toronto) – Hired from Edelman to drive new business as national lead for Canada's public affairs practice.
  • Matthew Coble (senior vice president, St. Louis) – Former general manager of Schematic — an Atlanta digital agency — now leads Fleishman-Hillard's digital teams for the U.S. Central Region.
  • Raj Dadra (financial director, London) – Formerly of Cohn & Wolfe, where he was responsible for overseeing financial operations for the U.K. market.
  • Steve Hardwick (regional president and general manager, New York) – Former president of New York-based Grey Group.
  • Peng (Alex) He (senior vice president and general manager, Shanghai) – Combines a business consultancy background at McKinsey with agency experience at Ogilvy Public Relations.
  • Bertrand Huet (senior vice president, Brussels) – Former managing director and head of European Public Policy at the Association for Financial Markets for Europe (AFME).
  • Radu Iancu (vice president, Cleveland) – A trained cardiologist with a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics and a strong background in digital communications – especially mobile solutions.
  • Richard Kanareck (managing director, London) – Formerly led European communications for eBay.
  • Yoichi Kinoshita (chief operating officer of Japan and managing director, Tokyo) – Has a strong digital background, based in part on his experience with Tribal DDB.
  • Vi Loong (Mark) Lee (senior vice president and general manager, Singapore) – Combines a strong financial communications background from Temasek Holdings and the Singapore Exchange, with extensive connections in the region.
  • Stephanie Marchesi (senior vice president and managing director of Integrated Marketing, New York) – Former head of Cohn & Wolfe's headquarters office in New York.
  • Nalini Naidoo (director, Johannesburg) – A surgeon by training, now heads the agency's South Africa healthcare practice and serves on most of the nation's industry organizations.
  • Paola Peretti (senior vice president, Milan) – Former chief corporate communications officer of Italian furniture maker Natuzzi Group.
  • Tom Pyden (senior vice president and partner, St. Louis) – A longtime top General Motors communications executive.
  • Louisa Tuhatu (vice president and general manager, Jakarta) – Previously ran her own agency and is well connected in the Jakarta business community.
  • Jason Vines (senior vice president, St. Louis) – Former top communications professional for three automakers.
  • Maxine Winer (general manager, Chicago) – Former deputy general manager of Edelman's Chicago office and leader of that firm's reputation management practice.

“Around the world, our clients' needs are changing more rapidly than ever before,” said Senay. “Adding this kind of world-class talent to our team is simply the most important investment we can make to ensure that we continue to anticipate and satisfy those evolving needs.”

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