SMIRNOV NAMED PRES.: James Allman, chief executive officer of DeVries Public Relations, has reorganized the company's management structure, resulting in the promotion of Stephanie Smirnov to president of the firm. Smirnov, a seven-year veteran of DeVries, most recently served as executive vice president overseeing the agency's beauty and wellness division. In her new role, she will lead the agency's strategy and innovation group, spearhead new business, and shepherd overall strategic counsel and creativity. She also will continue to provide counsel to DeVries' beauty clients, such as P&G Beauty and Sephora.
BALKAN TO BEHRMAN: Nancy Behrman, owner of Behrman Communications, has hired Jodi Balkan as president of her agency, while Behrman will assume the role of chief executive officer. Balkan, most recently an assistant vice president for L'Oréal Paris who oversaw the brand's public relations strategy, assumed her new role Tuesday. Balkan will handle the day-to-day operations of the agency — including brand strategy, client relations and staff development — while Behrman will concentrate on identifying and developing new business, including a planned expansion into pharmaceutical and health-care PR. Together, Balkan and Behrman will continue to expand the agency's focus on new media, particularly the Internet, as well.
MOVIN' ON UP: Redken has announced several U.S. and global promotions. Bobbi Foster-Kelly has been named assistant vice president, U.S. national training and education; Andy Ruesche is now assistant vice president, business development; Dan Seidel is assistant vice president, sales administration; Soniya Sheth was named assistant vice president, global marketing; Sam Cheow is senior director, global marketing; Barbara Cirnigliaro assumes the post of senior director of copy; Shawn Stearns is director of testing and technical development; Suzanne Santos is director of sales administration and Constantina Tsavekou is director of merchandising.