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Planit adds HR Director; promotions and new hires at Sage Growth Partners

by | Feb 27, 2023

Planit announced the appointment of Christine Boling as its new Director of Human Resources. In this role, Boling’s primary responsibility will be to develop and implement the people strategy for Planit, ensuring it is aligned with the agency’s overall goals.

Boling joins Planit from Hungry Harvest, where she was Vice President of People Operations. Prior to that, she worked at FX Studios as HR Manager and Order Up as Director of HR before it was acquired by Groupon Inc. Boling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Towson University.

As a member of Planit’s Senior Leadership team, Boling will lead initiatives that support the agency’s creative and engaging culture. She will oversee employee retention and recruitment while building trust with employees, managers, and senior leadership. Boling will also provide coaching and guidance to Planit employees and supervise the agency’s in-house programs, including internships, Culture Committee, peer mentorship, and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee.

With substantial growth in agency gross income, Planit is entering a new phase of growth, and Boling’s appointment is expected to be key to supporting the agency in this period. In 2022, Planit experienced a remarkable increase in agency gross income, with a 29% growth from 2021 to 2022, following 11% growth from 2020 to 2021 and a 7% year-over-year growth from 2019 to 2020. The agency also witnessed a 22% increase in headcount from 2021 to 2022, reflecting the agency’s growing client success.

Sage Growth Partners, a Baltimore-based healthcare research, strategy, and marketing firm, announced staff hires and promotions:

Emily Cohen was promotged to senior director of content services; John Gonda has been named vice president of PR and media relations. Prior to joining SGP, John held leadership positions with several hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout Ohio, Florida, and Michigan. Jeanne Ross has been promoted to senior engagement manager. Since joining SGP in 2016, she has previously held positions as a consulting associate, senior consultant and engagement manager.

New Hires
Bari Cener has recently joined SGP as a senior account group director. Prior to joining SGP, she served as an agency director for New York-based Blonde Sheep Marketing and as an account director for Hero Digital in Austin, Texas. Benjamin Kovalick has joined as a business analyst, supporting SGP’s strategic research clients. Susan Krieger has joined SGP as a public relations strategist. Prior to joining SGP, she served as a media relations consultant and internal communications manager with Spectrum Health (now Corewell Health), the largest integrated health system in Michigan.

Also, Amelia Rocchi has been hired as a senior account group director. Most recently, she was a senior business marketing manager for Philips where she helped to develop, position, and execute end-to-end solutions for the Philips patient interface mask portfolio across B2B, B2C, and B2B2C audiences.

“Providing outstanding counsel and exceptional marketing execution in healthcare’s highly competitive marketplace requires a talented team that works well together,” said Boh Hatter, Sage Growth Partners’ Chief Marketing Officer and one of the firm’s managing partners. “That’s what we have built at Sage. It is especially gratifying to see Emily and John take on expanded roles. And in adding Sue, Bari, and Amelia, we have materially strengthened our ability to help clients grow.”

Photo Credit: Christine Boling by Planit

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Maryland regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. Jeff is the regional representative of the national Public Relations Consultants Group (PRCG). He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.


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