Rick Murray has been named president of Edelman Chicago. Mr. Murray is a nine-year Edelman veteran who has held a variety of leadership positions, most recently as president of Edelman Digital. He succeeds co-presidents Janet Cabot and Mark Shadle, who have led the office since 2008 and are taking on new roles within Edelman and the firm's sister agency, Zeno Group, respectively. Ms. Cabot will lead Edelman's U.S. food and nutrition practice and Mr. Shadle will lead the corporate affairs practice at Zeno Group.
Stacy Mackler has been appointed exec VP-CMO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR. In addition to managing new business and organic growth, Ms. Mackler will be charged with overseeing two new initiatives at the agency, the Center for Account Management Excellence and SoMe Central, a branded think-tank to track social-media trends for PR professionals. Ms. Mackler was previously VP-global communications for Clinique and is also credited with re-launching the Cartier Love Collection. Recently, she has created strategies for FoodNetwork.com, Food2.com and Chefs Index. Canoe Ventures has promoted Dana Runnells to VP-marketing and communications. Since joining Canoe in December 2008, Ms. Runnells has managed the company's media-relations and strategic-communications efforts. In her newly expanded role, she will also be responsible for developing and overseeing Canoe's integrated marketing efforts. Prior to joining Canoe, Ms. Runnells was senior communications director at Comcast Spotlight, the advertising-sales division of Comcast Cable. She joined the Spotlight team in 2003, managing PR, internal communications and online-marketing efforts, including development of ComcastSpotlight.com.
Alloy Media & Marketing has hired Andi Poch as senior VP-sales for Alloy Digital. Prior to joining Alloy, Ms. Poch served as senior VP-advertising sales for Buzz Media. In her 20 years in media sales, she has also spent time at the WNBA as senior VP-business development and marketing partnerships, as VP-national sales for DoubleClick and VP-ad sales for Viacom's MTV Networks, where she led advertising sales for MTV and MTV's digital assets.
Thrillist has appointed Mark Oltarsh as chief revenue officer. Mr. Oltarsh is the former VP and group publisher of Bauer Publishing's In Touch Weekly and Life & Style magazines. Prior to that, he held sales leadership positions at Spin, Conde Nast's Details and Vanity Fair, and then held leadership positions at both Dennis Publishing's Stuff and Maxim, and Conde Nast's Jane.
Eric Robertson has joined Arnold as senior VP-global corporate communications director. He comes to Arnold from R/GA, where he held the position of senior manager-corporate communications. Prior to R/GA, Mr. Robertson worked at JWT as the global marketing manager for four years, where he was part of the team that launched JWT's trend-spotting practice and worked on market-research projects for multinational clients such as Pepsi, Unilever and Nestlé.
Mother has tapped Rob Thorsen as global business director. Mr. Thorsen will serve as the team lead on the Stella Artois business in London and contribute to New York business as well. The hire marks Mr. Thorsen's return to Mother, where he previously managed the agency's accounts with Coke, LVMH and Miller. Most recently, he spent time at BBDO as exec VP-senior director, leading the Hyatt and Economist businesses, among others.
The Weather Channel Companies named Shirley Powell exec VP-corporate communications. Ms. Powell comes to the newly created role from Turner Broadcasting System, where she most recently served as senior VP-corporate communications. Previously, she was senior VP-media relations for NBC and earlier served as VP-media relations for the Disney Channel and Toon Disney.