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Senior Execs Exit Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Reports PRWeek

by | Sep 1, 2017

Several senior executives exited Hill+Knowlton Strategies as the firm restructures under a single P&L in the U.S., reports PRWeek, which reported that among those who have departed the firm “are key regional leaders such as Claire Koeneman, Howard Opinsky, and Ellen Moran.

“Koeneman served as leader of H+K’s central region, as well as Chicago GM and head of financial comms; Opinsky led the East Coast region and was previously head of the firm’s public affairs practice and GM of Washington, D.C.; Moran was EVP and GM of the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

“Other senior leaders who have left H+K include Christopher Winans, EVP of U.S. financial services communications; Penny Mitchell, EVP and U.S. healthcare practice lead; and SVP David Bloomgren.

“”H+K spokesperson Rebecca Ballard said the firm doesn’t comment on former staffers.

“We haven’t spoken about individuals’ moves in the past and we don’t plan to change that,” she said via email. “In a period like this in any organization, it is reasonable to expect some individuals would move in a different direction with their careers, and we truly wish them well.”

“None of the individuals who have left the firm were available for comment.

“Before joining H+K in 2011, Koeneman served at the Financial Relations Board for more than 16 years, latterly as president, according to her LinkedIn profile. Opinsky was formerly press secretary for John McCain’s presidential campaign run, an EVP at Weber Shandwick, an EVP for Powell Tate, and MD of corporate comms for JP Morgan Chase, according to his LinkedIn.

“Before joining H+K, Moran was principal at The Dewey Square Group, a PR shop that caters to corporate non-profits; chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce; comms director for President Obama for a brief period; among other positions at various organizations.


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