NEW YORK — Lewis has tapped Jen Dobrzelecki, most recently an M&C Saatchi PR executive VP, to head its year-old New York office.

Dobrzelecki is the first person to helm the new office, whose November 2016 opening reflects Lewis’ recent growth and plans for expanding its East Coast presence, she said. She is the latest in a spate of recent hires bolstering Lewis leadership on the West Coast and in Boston and Washington.

Dobrzelecki, who led M&C Saatchi’s US team, is charged with supporting Lewis’ consumer brand practice, overseeing client relations and working closely with top-tier execs to bolster the agency’s East Coast presence among other responsibilities.

“We will be diversifying our expertise, capabilities and offerings to attract new client partners across a wide range of B2C and B2B sectors,” she said.

The New York operation currently staffs “a small but very mighty team of six,” with at least two “significant hires” expected to come on board during the first quarter of this year, Dobrzelecki said. The plan is growing the office to 12-15 people by the end of the year.