The American Marketing Association (AMA), the world’s largest community-based marketing association, announced the appointment of Bennie F. Johnson, above, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Johnson most recently headed up the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA). Prior to AIGA, Johnson served as Chief Strategy Officer at The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), where he led strategy and marketing for the $250 million organization. At the BBB, Johnson managed partnerships with Google, YP.com, Federal Trade Commission, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and P&G, while working with strategic marketing and a portfolio of self-regulatory programs on strategy, brand, customer acquisition, marketing and market research and insights. Johnson serves on the Board of Overseers for Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, as a Trustee of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and is a former Board Chair of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that Aubrey Quinn has joined the ESA as Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs. Quinn will be responsible for leading the trade association’s integrated communications efforts to showcase the video game industry’s growing impact on people, culture and the economy. Quinn joins the ESA with nearly 20 years of communications and public affairs experience. Most recently, she served as Partner & Chief Operating Officer at Clyde Group, during which she provided strategic counsel to the ESA as an agency partner.
Kirsten Suto Seckler, chief marketing and communications officer for Connecticut-based Shatterproof, has been named to the PRWeek Health Influencer 30 Class of 2022. The annual list honors inspirational leaders who are transforming healthcare communications, with honorees chosen by the PRWeek editorial board. The list is part of The Health Issue, PRWeek’s last print edition for 2022, which is devoted to health PR and communications and honors the most prominent players influencing healthcare and Pharma PR, including client-side communicators, healthcare executives at major U.S. and global PR firms, associations and nonprofits, and leading brands, and specialist health agency leaders. She has been in the D.C. region for 20+ years and was the keynote speaker for its 29th annual WWPR PR Woman of the Year celebration.