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Agency Leaders in the News: Rick Murray, Rachael Sansom, Arent Jan Hesselink, and More

Leadership announcements from SHIFT Communications, Red Havas, Edelman, Brunswick, and Hill + Knowlton

SHIFT Communications names Rick Murray as Managing Partner

“Rick Murray, a PR industry veteran with 20+ years of agency leadership experience in the U.S. and Canada, has been appointed Managing Partner of Boston-based SHIFT Communications. SHIFT [is] part of AVENIR GLOBAL, a privately-held agency network based in Montreal which also owns NATIONAL Public Relations. Murray has been Managing Partner of NATIONAL’s Toronto PR operations for the past five years.” (release)

Red Havas names Rachael Sansom, Mark Campbell, and Natasha Carroll to senior leadership roles in UK and US

“Red Havas, the PR micro-network launched by the Havas Group, has today announced three senior appointments to its global leadership team: In the U.K., Rachael Sansom has been appointed managing director of Red Havas London; Mark Campbell as global head of content; and Natasha Carroll as senior vice president, global clients and business director, based in New York.” (release)

Edelman names Arent Jan Hesselink as COO of EMEA

“Edelman has promoted Dutch lead Arent Jan Hesselink to the newly-created role of chief operating officer for EMEA, under the leadership of new EMEA president and CEO Ed Williams.” (Holmes Report)

Brunswick names Duncan McCourt as Partner in London

“Duncan joins Brunswick from the UK Treasury, where he was Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to former Chancellor Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP, providing advice on, among other issues, Brexit, financial services and healthcare.” (release)

Hill + Knowlton UK names Noor Kheir as MD of Clients

“Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has appointed Noor Kheir from Edelman to lead clients across the UK … At Edelman, she held the role of global digital lead for Shell, one of Edelman’s largest clients, and was integrated lead for Asics performance running.” (PR Week)


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