NEW YORK — Brunswick Group has hired Mark Patterson as a senior advisor in its Washington office. A policy expert, Patterson will be part of Brunswick’s US public affairs group. He most recently served as general counsel to US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and spent four years as a partner at law firm Perkins Coie.

WASHINGTON — Global Strategy has elevated Erin Billings to partner. Billings (pictured) joined GSG in January 2018 and since then, has helped develop and grow the firm’s footprint in Washington and its corporate reputation practice, which she now co-leads. Billings specializes in corporate communications, crisis management, reputation building, and public affairs.

NEW YORK — Kaplow Communications has promoted three senior staff members to executive roles. They are Samara Finn Holland, executive VP, growth and strategic initiatives; Claire Nilsson, executive VP, head of beauty; and Jee Nah Chang Walker, executive VP, head of lifestyle.

MIAMI — Diamond Public Relations + Social Media has promoted Sydney Feldman to associate VP, luxury & LatAm divisions. In her new role she will manage multiple account teams in the strategy and execution of full-service PR efforts including developing campaigns and overseeing targeted outreach and efforts, making her ultimately responsible for the success and growth of these verticals within the company.

SAN FRANCISCO — Real Chemistry has hired Andy Johnson as chief information officer. Johnson’s primary responsibilities will be to drive Real Chemistry’s information strategy, strengthen organizational systems and processes to best support the company’s people and clients, and innovate new ways to connect and collaborate. Johnson comes to Real Chemistry from Wunderman Thompson, a WPP company, where he served as CIO and previously held various IT leadership roles throughout the WPP network over the last 10 years.

CHICAGO — Jonathan Beaton has joined Rise as VP. Beaton will utilize skills obtained through years of reporting, broadcasting, and producing to enhance Rise’s media relations, crisis communications and client management services. Beaton most recently was with Inside Advantage PR as a managing partner.

NEW YORK — Louis-Philippe Cavallo has joined imre as chief financial officer. Cavallo most recently served as global CFO at CreativeDrive, a division of Accenture Interactive, as an integral member of the team that oversaw the successful acquisition and integration of CreativeDrive into Accenture’s portfolio. At imre, Louis-Philippe will report to CEO David Imre and serve as a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Team.