Allison+Partners has hired Barbara Laidlaw as MD of global reputation, risk, and advisory.
Laidlaw started in the role on June 11, reporting to Matthew Della Croce, partner and global president of Europe and the firm’s corporate practice. David Mclean Marriott, who passed away in April, previously led crisis work in the U.S. for Allison+Partners.
Laidlaw is responsible for overseeing the growth of the agency’s global issues management, crisis, and risk mitigation capability. It is the first time a global role has been created that handles reputation risk and advisory at the firm, said Laidlaw. The number of staffers she oversees has not been determined.READ MORE
Allison+Partners today announced several changes to its management structure, expanding the global remit of three partners, while also increasing the responsibilities of a number of partners in the U.S.
Jonathan Heit has been elevated from president of the Americas to global president, with added responsibilities overseeing Allison+Partners’ booming Asia business to his existing focus on the U.S. and Latin America. In addition, Matthew Della Croce and Cathy Planchard have been promoted to global president. Della Croce is tasked with oversight of the global operations of Allison+Partners’ Europe and Corporate divisions. Planchard is tasked with oversight of the global operations of the agency’s All Told division. The three will continue to report into Scott Allison, agency co-founder, global chairman and CEO.READ MORE
“As the agency continues to scale globally, we felt it was the right time to evolve the leadership structure to better serve our clients and our teams.” said Scott Allison. “Jonathan, Cathy and Matthew will continue to focus on opportunities to grow our worldwide footprint and expand our capabilities for both existing and new clients.”
As part of this new structure, Anne Colaiacovo is promoted to president of North America, accountable for the financial performance, new business and management of the agency’s 13 U.S. offices. Her promotion reflects the numerous contributions she has made in her more than 10 years with the agency, most recently serving as chair of the Eastern region and co-chair of the agency’s consumer marketing practice.
“Since her first day on the job, Anne has been an incredibly adept business builder and true beacon of our culture, helping to define and refine it along the way,” said Heit. “Her ability to spot and nurture talent into great teams is matched only by her passion for great work, strong creative and provocative ideas.”
Joining her in an increased leadership role in the U.S. are Zach Colvin, who has added head of business development and client growth to his role as chair, California; Jeremy Rosenberg, elevated to managing director, All Told, North America and Tom Smith, who has been named managing director, Corporate, North America. Each has increased responsibility and oversight of business development and day-to-day operations in the agency’s largest market.
SAN FRANCISCO: Allison+Partners has upped Jonathan Heit to global president, a position newly created as part of a series of shifts the agency is making to its leadership structure.
Heit, who was previously the firm’s president of the Americas, will now be responsible for Allison+Partners’ Asia business as well as its U.S. and Latin America operations. He reports to Scott Allison, the firm's cofounder, global chairman, and CEO.
Anne Colaiacovo, meanwhile, has been promoted to president of North America. Colaiacovo, who most recently served as chair of the Eastern region and co-chair of the agency’s consumer marketing practice, will assume Heit’s prior duties in the role.READ MORE
With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a mere two weeks away, U.S. brands are clamoring to join the festivities. However, some should keep calm and carry on – specifically for campaigns that don’t mind the gap between a brand and an authentic connection to the May 19 nuptials, experts warn.
Lisa Rosenberg, Allison+Partners’ chief creative officer and co-chair of the firm’s consumer marketing practice, says brands that want to celebrate the event should "tread lightly."READ MORE
A number of seismic movements were born over the past year, including #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain. Some have shifted the conversation, affecting how marketers communicate with consumers.
As a result, brands are struggling with how best to attach purpose and social impact to programs and products.READ MORE