Agency People News Brief (October 24, 2022)

WASHINGTON – Jacqlyn Schneider will join FGS Global as a partner in the firm’s food and agriculture practice in Washington. Schneider (pictured) comes to FGS Global after more than 16 years leading food and agriculture policy on Capitol Hill, most recently as associate director of human resources for the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Forestry under Chair Debbie Stabenow. In her role as Chair of the Committee, she led the Chairs’ work on all issues related to food and agriculture, including nutrition, with a focus on infant and child nutrition, as well as a broad portfolio including specialty crops, local, regional and organic food, climate and conservation , dairy, labor, immigration reform and improving support for minorities and underserved farmers.

NEW YORK — Grayling has hired Robert “Bob” Conrad as executive VP and Alla Shkiler as senior VP. Based in Washington, her appointments strengthen Grayling’s public and corporate affairs capabilities in the region. Immediately prior to joining Grayling, Conrad was Senior Media & Content Director at Syneos Health. Shkiler joins Grayling after more than a decade at Ketchum, most recently as VP.

WASHINGTON – The Signal Group has promoted CEO Blake Androff to chair public affairs. He also joins the company’s Management Committee. Androff brings more than 15 years of experience in the press, politics and politics. He has provided strategic advice to the speaker of the House of Representatives, two cabinet secretaries and two congressional committees.

BOSTON – PAN Communications has promoted three members of its team. Matthew Briggs, a 13-year agency veteran, has been promoted to Senior VP, where he will lead a team dedicated to serving the healthcare industry. Kary Hulley, who joined PAN in 2018, has also been promoted to Senior VP, where she will lead a team specializing in healthcare and technology clients. Meanwhile, Kathryn McMahon Arrigg has been promoted to VP after nine years with the agency, with a focus on developing integrated, data-driven communications strategies.

CHICAGO – Naomi Hoffner has joined UpSpring as a senior account executive. In her new role at UpSpring, Naomi will serve B2B clients. She comes to the agency with experience in the architecture and design PR world, having most recently worked at Gensler where she was involved in leading external communications activities for the company’s North Central region. Prior to Gensler, she represented a variety of clients including specialist architectural firms, homebuilders and industry organisations.



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