WHITE64 announced that Kerry Beutel, its chief operating officer since 2015, has been promoted to agency president.  WHITE64 Chairman-CEO Matt White said Beutel will remain COO while taking on the additional role of president. Beutel, shown above, is a “boomerang” member of WHITE64, having first joined the agency in 2001 as an account executive, a position she held until leaving for increasingly higher-level roles at agencies including Arnold Worldwide and the digital design boutique Pappas Group (now DMI).  She returned to WHITE64 in 2015 as COO and partner.

Brunch Digital (“Brunch”), a Washington, D.C., design and development studio, has officially launched. According to a release, Brunch is built on elements of the new American workplace and economy including a community of self-taught developers who are passionate about their work, and designers who have a love for all things design. Brunch has attracted some of the region’s most iconic brands, including the National Gallery of Art, George Washington University, Duplex Diner and the new LGBTQ sports bar, Pitchers.

Eric Dezenhall, CEO at public affairs and crisis management firm Dezenhall Resources, is the co-author of a new nonfiction book about the friendship between a CIA officer and a KGB agent, reports O’Dwyer’s. The O’Dwyer’s report added that the book, written with Gus Russo, “Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War” tells the story of CIA agent Jack Platt and KGB officer Gennady Vasilenko, and the many twists and turns their friendship took after Platt participated in an attempt to “turn” Vasilenko.

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