John Armstrong and Jessica Brown launched Joy Riot in Alexandria.  According to the agency’s website, Armstrong “honed his craft in New York at Saatchi & Saatchi and Audible.com, a subsidiary of Amazon, before moving to Alexandria, VA and placing Global Thinking at the center of DC’s advertising scene as its Creative Director.”  Brown, states the website, “started her ad career at McKinney. Then moved to lead accounts at Hill Holliday, Toth+Co, and Global Thinking.”

GLA Communications, a strategic communications firm based in Millburn, NJ, added D.C.-based PR veteran Karen Addis, APR, as senior vice president. According to a release, with more than 25 years of experience, Addis has a track record of achieving measurable results for national and international corporations, associations and nonprofit organizations as well as expanding agency visibility and operations. “The decision to have an official presence in the Washington, DC area makes sense,” said Pam Golden, president, GLA Communications. “Our agency has been servicing clients in the region for a number of years, and until now, we’ve never found the right person to lead our operations in that market. Karen is a well-known fixture in the DC PR community, and highly regarded for her industry knowledge and strong commitment to her clients. In addition to having worked for several PR agencies, Karen has worked in-house for large national and international organizations, so she truly understands clients’ needs because she has been in their shoes.”

Ralph Posner joined JDA Frontline as Executive Vice President.  He previously had been executive VP at Direct Impact and Senior VP at FleishmanHillard.

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