Burson-Marsteller announced that Henry Engleka has joined the firm as Chair, U.S. Healthcare Practice. Based in D.C., he will be responsible for leading and growing the practice across the U.S. Prior to Burson-Marsteller, Engleka was Senior Consultant and Marketing Steering Committee Member at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Before that he was Executive Vice President leading the New York Health and Wellness practice at Porter Novelli. Before Porter Novelli, Engleka was CEO and Founder of P4 Strategy Group, a strategic health communications agency in NYC. He also had been co-founder of Zibbel Inc., which offers mobile health solutions to providers of health services (integrated delivery systems, pharmaceutical companies, employers, payors, etc.) as channels to consumer and physician end-users. Earlier in his career, he spent nine years with Widmeyer Communications, ultimately serving as Principal and Managing Director of the New York office.
Ketchum announced that Michael O’Brien has been appointed chief client officer for the global agency, succeeding partner and current chief client officer Jerry Olszewski. Olszewski, who has served in the dual role of chief client officer and managing director of Ketchum’s D.C. office since last September, will focus on the continued growth and development of that office, as well as continuing to serve on the agency’s Global Leadership Council. Olszewski assumed the interim role of managing director of Ketchum’s D.C. office in September 2015. Now he will work full-time on Ketchum’s clients and its talent in D.C. Olszewski built his career at Ketchum, joining the D.C., office in 1980 and working there for 10 years before relocated to Ketchum’s Munich office for three years, followed by five years in London, where he was responsible for Ketchum’s operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He returned to Washington in 1999 and has served as chief client officer since 2008.
The Holmes Report named SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) 2016 Global Public Affairs Agency of the Year. This recognition follows consecutive wins for SKDK as North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. According to the Holmes Report, SKDK was named Global Public Affairs Agency of the Year following an exhaustive search involving more than 400 submissions and face-to-face meetings with the best public relation firms across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The agency has offices in NYC, Albany, D.C. and LA.