Fleishman-Hillard Announces Senior Leadership Promotions
Jonella Donius, Dick Mullinax, Shawn Ramsey, Joanne Wong Promoted to Executive Vice President
ST. LOUIS, July 7, 2011 — Fleishman-Hillard International Communications today announced the promotion of four senior leaders to executive vice president. They are Jonella Donius, senior partner and chief information officer; Dick Mullinax, senior partner and general manager of the firm's Dallas office; Shawn Ramsey, a senior partner who is a senior leader on the firm's work for client AT&T; and Joanne Wong, senior partner and managing director of client service for Asia Pacific.
“These individuals are longtime leaders and exceptional practitioners within our firm,” said Dave Senay, Fleishman-Hillard president and chief executive officer. “They carry out significant responsibilities, they exemplify our firm's culture, and they play important roles in our growth and success. Earning the executive vice president title is a testament to their many accomplishments over the years, as well as a mark of our confidence in their contributions and achievements yet to come.”
Donius joined Fleishman-Hillard in 1984 as a member of the accounting group. She has held numerous accounting roles, including serving as a member of the team that selected the company's first enterprise resource planning (ERP) and document imaging system. After volunteering for the role of project manager, Donius was instrumental in the successful ERP implementation and in many other systems upgrades and implementations. In 2000, she was promoted to lead the accounting systems team, and in 2007 she was promoted to chief information officer, the first CIO in the firm's history. In this role, Donius has led efforts to keep Fleishman-Hillard at the leading technological edge. For example, she oversaw development of the firm's original intranet and knowledge-sharing portal — The Source — and has guided its evolution into the recently launched new version based on Microsoft SharePoint. She also plays a key leadership role in Omnicom's IT standardization initiatives.
Mullinax, a 12-year veteran of Fleishman-Hillard, joined the firm in Houston, where he served as general manager. In 2002, he was named to his current role of general manager of Fleishman-Hillard Dallas. Under his leadership, the Dallas office has grown to become one of the largest in the Fleishman-Hillard network. A communications practitioner of broad capabilities, Mullinax is deeply engaged with numerous clients. He has extensive experience in the oil, gas and pipeline industries, and serves as co-chair of Fleishman-Hillard's global energy practice. He is also an experienced crisis manager and has expertise in corporate communications, public affairs, environmental communications, marketing and investor relations.
Ramsey joined Fleishman-Hillard in 1990 as a founding member of the firm's Sacramento office. Since then, she has supported a variety of Fortune 100 companies in industries that include consumer products, healthcare and manufacturing. During her tenure, she has also been based in Fleishman-Hillard's St. Louis headquarters office, in San Antonio and, most recently, in Dallas. For the past 16 years, Ramsey has dedicated her efforts to one of the firm's major clients, AT&T. In that role, she has supported numerous senior AT&T executives and played a key role in projects that have included the iPhone 3G/3GS/4 launches, thought leadership initiatives at major technology industry events, communications for the legacy AT&T and BellSouth mergers, the launch of AT&T's flagship U-verse TV service and the rebranding of SBC Communications and Cingular Wireless. She currently works on-site at AT&T headquarters, where she heads business unit and social/digital communications.
Wong joined Fleishman-Hillard Hong Kong in 2000 and has played a leading role in the formative years of the firm's fastest-growing region, which today comprises 16 operations in nine countries. In 2007, Wong became regional managing director for client service, with responsibility for high-level client consulting, internal leadership and business development. Since that time, the firm's Asia Pacific operations have doubled in size through organic growth. She is credited with building and leading Fleishman-Hillard's rapidly expanding financial communications and public affairs capabilities across Asia Pacific — from identifying and developing senior talent, to winning and counseling major accounts, to providing communications training to senior executives of the firm's corporate clients. Wong also works closely with Fleishman-Hillard management teams throughout Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Korea, India and Singapore.