NEW YORK — Former New York Gov. David Paterson has joined Kivvit. Paterson (pictured) will provide strategic counsel and assist the managing partners with developing and implementing a DE&I plan at the agency. Other new hires include chief brand strategist Stephan Miller; director of digital strategy Kelly Meissgeier; and managing director Josh Vlasto.

WASHINGTON — Kristen Hawn has joined ROKK Solutions as a partner at the firm. Hawn, who has been working with ROKK since 2018 as a senior advisor, complements the firm’s existing leadership with experience leading communications efforts on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns, as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors.

NEW YORK — G&S Business Communications has named three new VPs to lead the agency's insights, creative and digital marketing, functional teams. VP of insights Emily Bunce launched the agency's first research & insights team in 2013; Alison DeBenedictis, VP of creative, oversees the agency's creative team; and Nicholas Love has been named VP of digital marketing.

VIENNA, VA — Verge Scientific Communications has hired Darby Pearson and Sarah O’Connell to expand its team. Pearson, who joins from Spectrum, will lead the company’s work with innovator health and consumer brands as senior director. O’Connell joins from RXMosaic as director to manage communications for emerging health and life sciences clients.