Cole & Weber United has hired Patrick McKay as executive creative director. He will lead the creative team and be part of the agency-management team. Previously, he freelanced for agencies such as Mullen and Crispin Porter & Bogusky, among others. Throughout his career, he has created award-winning campaigns for clients such as Starbucks and Honda.
Kelli Parsons has joined New York Life as chief corporate communications and marketing officer. She will be responsible for the corporate communications department. Most recently, she served as senior VP and chief communications officer for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).
VSW Partners has appointed Heather Torreggiani to fill a new position of chief marketing officer. She will lead the growth efforts across VSA, supporting major areas of business including business development, marketing and brand leadership. Formerly, she served as executive VP-director of business development at Leo Burnett.
Nick Simons is joining Droga5's London office as managing director after serving as senior account lead at the firm's New York office. He will be overseeing operations of all accounts while helping London expand its portfolio. Along with London's leadership team and guidance from New York, Mr. Simons will assist with the process of finding a new CEO for London.
Mobile advertising technology company Marchex has hired Ken Seligman as a national business development director. In his new role, he will help identify and develop partnerships with key clients. Previously, he served as VP-business development at Morpheus Media, where he was instrumental in leading the introduction, pitching and onboarding process for new client partners like Lifetime Network and Tiffany & Co.
Barcardi Limited has appointed Jim Gallagher as global chief communications officer. In this role, he will work on long-term strategic and business-related internal and external communications matters in addition to directing the company's corporate and brand public relations. Previously, he served as senior VP-corporate communications at IMG.