Vienna, VA-based Silverline Communications, a business-to-business technology marketing communications agency, announced the appointment of two executives to its leadership team, Ellen Backus and Joey Marquart. In conjunction with the expanded leadership team, Silverline is opening offices in Chicago and Salt Lake City.

Backus will lead the Chicago office with a focus on expanding Silverline’s presence in the Midwest and developing integrated corporate communications and advocacy programs. In her previous role as a senior vice president of Zeno Group, she delivered strategic and impact results for leading global technology brands. She brings 25 years of experience in corporate positioning, branding, media relations and executive thought leadership to her position at Silverline.

As the leader of the Salt Lake City office, Marquart will focus on developing Silverline’s presence in the Western region. He joins from Edelman, where he was a senior vice president overseeing the agency’s global social innovation practice. He previously directed award-winning integrated communications programs for clients in the electric vehicle, clean energy, industrial-tech and energy efficiency sectors.

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