CHICAGO — Current Global has expanded its global corporate and consumer practices with leadership appointments in the US and UK.

In the US, Meghann Johnson has been promoted to the newly created role of North America corporate operations lead in recognition of her contributions to the firm’s corporate practice growth, Current Global said.

Johnson (pictured) has been with Current Global for the last three-plus years, most recently serving as a senior VP.  She previously worked as a Weber Shandwick VP. She will report to Renee Austin, North America president and global corporate lead.

Meantime, Holly Ward has joined Current Global’s London office as the agency’s first UK head of consumer marketing. In the executive VP role, Ward will focus on accelerating Current Global’s consumer offering in the UK, complementing its existing corporate, health, and technology practice areas.

In her executive VP role, Ward will drive strategic practice leadership, expanding the firm’s client portfolio in the UK, building the agency’s reputation and talent development. She will also partner with Pete Campisi, who leads the agency’s global consumer practice, to support the growth of client relationships in new markets.

Ward most recently was co-founder of The Forge Communications, where she ran campaigns for clients in the food, beverage, and lifestyle categories.   Previous roles include managing director of consumer & digital at FleishmanHillard and managing director at Euro RSCG London (now Havas London).