Seattle-based independent communications firm WE Communications has announced two new hires to continue its growth globally and in San Francisco.
Steve Kearns will take on the role of general manager and senior vice president while Nicole Miller will be senior vice president. Kearns will focus on deepening WE’s position in the Bay Area and Miller, who is relocating from the Seattle office, will continue to lead the agency’s cybersecurity communications offering. Both will report to executive vice president Katie Huang Shin.
WE has several major technology, consumer and charitable companies on their roster including Microsoft, Honeywell, The Body Shop, Skype, Volvo, T-Mobile, Morgan Stanley and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The power of WE drew me to the opportunity here,” said Kearns. “WE is proving that it is ‘the’ independent agency that understands the power of the collective as well as transformative storytelling with technology at the core. The need for that know-how across the Bay Area is limitless, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Kearns previously served as vice president at Text 100 in San Francisco and has had stints at both Edelman and FleishmanHillard throughout his career.
Miller is a cybersecurity communications veteran, managing incidents and issues for global Fortune 500 companies and is a sought-after speaker on cybersecurity/privacy crisis and response. She leads a global team that has navigated some of the most significant consumer, global policy and multifaceted incidents of all time.
“As an agency that holds technology as a key component to all we do, the Bay Area is obviously an important hub for us. But even beyond tech, it’s central to the work we do across consumer, healthcare and social innovation,” said Kass Sells, WE president of North America.