Michael Huttner has been named CEO of Fenton, the social change firm started by David Fenton in 1982. The firm has offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and D.C. Huttner, stated a release, is an attorney, brand and messaging expert, political strategist and entrepreneur who has launched over 40 different progressive organizations and has led communications “war rooms” for advocacy, political and commercial clients. He is founder of ProgressNow, a network of state-based communication hubs with more than 3.4 million members in 23 states. Most recently he was president of the Huttner Group, a strategy firm based in Boulder, Colorado. Huttner, who will be based in NYC, is also author of the book “50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America.” Huttner also spent time in D.C., including a semester at Howard University, serving as a law clerk in the Clinton White House and working in legislative affairs at the Department of Justice during the Clinton years.
Mark Irion, former president of Levick and CEO of Dutko Worldwide, joined M&A consulting firm Prosper Group in D.C. as a senior advisor, reports O’Dwyer’s, which added that Irion helmed Dutko for 10 years and led its sale to private equity firm Lake Capital in 2003 and later to Grayling in 2009. He joined Levick in 2013 and stepped down in January.
Qorvis MSLGROUP added Joshua Gardner as vice president based in Washington to bolster its sustainability and social purpose team. Gardner joined from Luntz Global Partners and, before that, worked for both Edelman Public Relations and Ogilvy Public Relations.