DETROIT, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Finn Partners, a global, full-service public relations and digital agency, today announced it has hired William Nowling as senior partner of its Detroit office where he will add strategic leadership to existing local and national clients and direct new business growth and development for the office. Nowling comes to Finn after leading communication efforts for the city of Detroit's historic Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.
"Finn Partners believes in Detroit's renaissance and has supported the recovering Detroit economy through client partnerships since our inception. As one of the industry's fastest growing PR agencies, we see tremendous potential in Detroit and we're deepening our commitment by expanding local capabilities," said Peter Finn, founding partner. "The addition of Bill Nowling to our leadership team is a strategic and pivotal milestone in our growth, strengthening our existing partnerships in Detroit while offering national clients a deeper level of service in public affairs and crisis communications." Nowling will report to Daniel Pooley, Finn Partners' managing partner in the Midwest.
For the last two years, Nowling served as communications director and spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn D. Orr, where he helped frame the city's bankruptcy story to local, national and international audiences. Before that, he was director of public affairs for Duffey Petrosky, an advertising and marketing communications agency based in Farmington Hills, Mich. Nowling has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients and C-suite leaders on public affairs and crisis campaigns. Nowling also served as communications director and spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's first gubernatorial campaign, and remains a trusted adviser.
Finn Partners also announced that Angela Corsi Leon has joined the Detroit team as associate vice president. Leon brings nearly 10 years of integrated marketing communications experience specializing in consumer technology. In her new role, Leon will work with Vice President Emily Shirden to manage the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan digital communications account, as well as support the agency's new business efforts in Detroit and the Midwest. Her experience in national consumer and business media strategy, product launches and campaign development for Fortune 500 brands and start-ups alike, is an asset to regional companies seeking to compete in an evolving, global marketplace. Previously, Leon worked at Weber Shandwick and Airfoil Group.
To accommodate the rapid growth in the Midwest, Finn Partners Detroit will be adding additional mid-level and junior staff in the coming months.
About Finn Partners
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn's vision to create a leading public relations agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong drivers of the brand. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of public relations services, including digital and social media. Our specialty areas include technology, consumer, travel/lifestyle, economic development, education, global issues, arts, healthcare, and public and corporate affairs. Finn Partners was named "Best New Agency" in 2012 and "Best Agency to Work For" in 2013 by the industry's Holmes Report. Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 350 employees, with regional offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, London, Paris, Munich, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and has additional international capabilities through PROI and thenetworkone. Find us at www.finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.
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