NEW YORK—Beth Davies (pictured) has joined the New York office of Porter Novelli as executive vice president, consumer practice director. Davies joins Porter Novelli after running her own firm, Beth Davies Consultancy, for the past three years, representing clients in the beverage, alcohol, fashion and non-profit categories. Before that she spent eight years with Diageo, most recently as global vice president of corporate relations for Diageo Guinness in Dublin, Ireland.

CLEVELAND—Former securities analyst Brian Rayle has joined Dix & Eaton as a vice president specializing in investor relations. Rayle, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has been a regular guest host and contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The New York Times. He most recently was managing director of Northcoast Research, where he provided ongoing sell-side equity coverage of the machinery and industrial equipment sector.

RALEIGH, NC—Winn Maddrey, a senior consultant since 2011, has been promoted to senior vice president of Fleishman-Hillard North Carolina. In addition, Elizabeth Romero recently came on board as vice president working with the healthcare team. And Cameron Reed has joined as an account executive for the technology team.

NEW YORK—Makovsky has promoted Kristie Kuhl, with the firm since 2001, to executive vice president. In addition, Kona Luseni Barrasso and Lindsey Thompson, have been promoted to group vice president; Matt Makovsky has been promoted to vice president; Laney Cohen to assistant vice president; Drew Grossman to account executive; and Lindsey Mathias to associate account executive.

BOSTON—Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has added Nu Wexler and Katie Oehl to its Washington operations as vice president and account executive, respectively. Wexler brings extensive state and federal government experience, as communications director for US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and most recently as communications director for the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. Oehl previously managed the online communications and field program for Congresswoman Coleen Hanabusa’s (D-HI) 2012 re-election campaign.