NEW YORK—Abernathy MacGregor has promoted Patrick Clifford, Dana Gorman, Kate Murray and Pat Tucker to managing director. Clifford, who joined Abernathy MacGregor in 2007, provides strategic communications counsel to leading global investors, including hedge funds, private equity firms and institutional investors. Gorman, who has been at the firm for more than 11 years, has led projects stretching across mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. Murray started her career at Abernathy MacGregor in 2005 and after Hurricane Katrina moved to New Orleans to help manage the recovery efforts, starting as Communications Director for the New Orleans City Council and ascending to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Council President before returning to Abernathy MacGregor in 2014. Tucker has worked on contested situations in recent years including crossborder hostile transactions, mergers challenged by elected officials and antitrust authorities and proxy fights.

NEW YORK—Lippe Taylor has added Tina Cervera to its senior leadership team.  cervera will be serving as the firm’s chief digital and creative officer, a new role designed to integrate the creative and digital departments. She previously worked at digital marketing firm VaynerMedia where she built the creative department from a team of twenty to over 300 people. She also worked with the Associated Press, where she was the in-house creative director and most recently was chief creative officer at digital consultancy Wit + Measure. 

SAN FRANCISCO—Fenton has added Bryan Miller as managing director of its San Francisco office. Prior to joining Fenton, Miller served as senior vice president of Public Policy at Sunrun and president of The Alliance for Solar Choice, where he led the solar industry’s regulatory isssues. He also worked in the Obama administration as senior counsel at the US Department of Energy and on President Clinton's reelection campaign where he worked as a fundraiser and grassroots organizer.

NEW YORK—Rubenstein Public Relations has named Michael Isaacson as chief financial officer. Most recently, Isaacson spent eight years as CFO at DiGennaro Communications. He also held positions as senior vice president of Finance at RHI Entertainment, formerly Hallmark Entertainment, and manager at Ernst & Young.

NEW YORK—Crenshaw Communications has named Chris Harihar, technology practice director, as company partner. Harihar joined Crenshaw in 2012 as account supervisor and manages a diverse group of accounts ranging from startups to established media and technology brands. Harihar previously held positions at M Booth and Morris + King.

WASHINGTON, DC—The Harbour Group has added Adam Sharon as senior vice president working with the firm’s international clients.  He formerly served as communications director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee. He joins The Harbour Group from Prime Strategies, a national public affairs firm, where he managed the group’s international practice, working primarily with civil society groups, political dissidents, and anti-corruption leaders. 

NEW YORK—Brooke Geller has joined Finn Partners as senior partner and will lead the New York consumer practice at the agency. Prior to joining Finn Partners, Geller was most recently senior vice president at DKC in New York. She also worked at Rogers & Cowan, where she served as vice president, entertainment and lifestyle.

NEW YORK—SKDKnickerbocker has hired Michelle Peters Wellington, a former executive at Sloane & Company, as senior vice president. She will support the firm's advocacy, corporate and crisis communications capabilities. At Sloane, she worked with companies in the healthcare, technology, media and retail sectors developing public relations strategies. She has also worked at GCI Health

RALEIGH, NC—MMI, a strategic communications firm based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, has expanded its brand services group with the addition of Ann Whitehurst as vice president of brand strategy, Meagan Gruder as project manager and Hannah Soule as graphic designer, an expanded team that will plan and execute strategic brand positioning, launches and campaigns for the agency’s clients. Whitehurst has worked as a contract writer working with brands such as UNC-Rex Healthcare, Allscripts, the US State Department and Wake County Economic Development.

SAN DIEGO—Olive PR Solutions, now renamed Olive Creative Strategies has hired Ann Berchtold as director of marketing and development. Berchtold was one of Olive's first clients and brings more than 20 years of experience to her role. She was the founder and executive director of Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair and served as sponsorship director for Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Events and managing director at Forderer Design Group.

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Anya Karavanov has joined Crosby Marketing Communications as senior vice president, director of research and insights. She will lead the firm's research efforts and support the development of insight-driven campaigns to better engage consumer and professional audiences. Prior to joining Crosby, Karavanov was the principal of her own firm, Communicating for Social Change, and also served on the faculty of American University's School of Communication.