MWW Group Forms Corporate Affairs Practice; Hires Kari Stoever to Lead Agency-Wide CSR and Multiplatform Engagement Initiatives

Former President and Founder of Meliora Global and Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Bring Expertise in Public Policy, Corporate, Nonprofit and Government Environments

Megan Torres Also Joins MWW Group as VP in Corporate Affairs Group, Brings Major Experience as Policy Advocacy Specialist for UNICEF and Communications Director for buildOn

Jun 02, 2010, 09:00 ET from MWW Group

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MWW Group (, one of the nation's top ten public relations firms, announced today that Kari Stoever has joined the company to lead its newly created corporate affairs practice, directing the firm's global corporate social responsibility division and establishing a new practice to lead multiplatform engagement initiatives. Stoever joins as senior vice president and practice leader with fifteen years of experience in global strategy, fundraising and leadership experience with non-profit, NGO's and government agencies.

"In this age of engagement, our clients increasingly require multiplatform strategies and market-based solutions to address domestic and global issues and connect with their stakeholders. In bringing on Kari to head our corporate affairs practice, MWW Group will continue building our expertise at the nexus of where corporations, government, and non-profits meet and interact," said Michael W. Kempner, president and CEO of MWW Group. "She is a recognized industry leader with an unparalleled track record in CSR, advocacy, and public policy, and will provide high level consulting strategic programming across all disciplines, online and offline."

Prior to joining MWW Group, Stoever was the president and founder of Meliora Global, LLC, a firm focused on growth strategies for nonprofits and social ventures, where she helped clients build multi-sector collaborative partnerships to achieve their local, regional or global goals.  Prior to her role at Meliora, she helped establish and was the Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Global Network), where she managed more than $37 million in grants by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Stoever spent a year working for the Department of Defense at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for infectious diseases (USAMRIID) managing anthrax and other biodefense studies.  

Also joining the Corporate Affairs team as vice president is Megan Torres. Torres comes to MWW Group with more than ten years of experience in corporate, nonprofit and government environments. Before joining MWW Group, Torres served as the policy advocacy specialist at UNICEF, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of policy advocacy projects and providing support to the advocacy unit's ongoing work and coordination, particularly in the area of social and economic policy.  Torres has also served as the director of communications at buildOn, a national nonprofit working to increase access to education and eliminate extreme poverty.  Prior to buildOn she acted as a Manager of Media Relations at Casey Family Programs, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and families.

About MWW Group

MWW Group is one of the nation's top ten public relations agencies and is known for its results-driven approach to public relations and "Aim High. Deliver" commitment to client service. For four years in a row, MWW Group was honored with the #1 ranking in the Holmes Report agency client satisfaction survey. MWW Group achieved top rankings in the categories of account leadership, strength of account team, creativity, strategy and planning, and program execution. In 2008, MWW Group was named PR Agency of the Year by The American Business Awards and Mid-size PR Firm of the Year by PR News, in recognition of the firm's growth, strategic account leadership and industry-leading employee retention. MWW Group is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG).