January 25, 2019

Four Havas PR Staffers Promoted

by Ellen Mallernee Barnes in News

Hooray! We’re happy to announce the promotions of four of our most valued team members: Maricela Rios to the position of account supervisor and Brian Ackermann, Michael Battisti and Kariann Mano to the position of account executive.

Based in our New York office, Maricela has been with Havas PR for four years and has been instrumental to our work with WEX Inc. and Colliers International. Always a team player, she also jumped in to help us on the Global Climate Action Summit pitching, getting media credentialed and into the event as well as working on a number of new business pitches. She was honored as a PR News Rising Star in 2018. Her pitching prowess has landed clients on MSNBC, in Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes to name a few in a long list of accomplishments.

Brian joined our Pittsburgh team in 2016 and quickly earned leadership roles in Transitions Optical’s social media team and award-winning influencer relations program. He also supports the sunwear team and has contributed to year-over-year media growth for Transitions Optical’s managed vision care program. Beyond Transitions Optical, Ackermann was instrumental in winning the Sightbox account and now helps to manage ongoing efforts. He is also active in PRSA Pittsburgh as the Young Professionals Co-Chair.

Michael joined Havas PR in 2016 and supports both the Transitions Optical and PPG Trivex accounts in Pittsburgh. His exemplary writing skills, project management and keen attention to detail allow him to shine while juggling multiple projects and programs—including Transitions Optical’s global education and Canada programs. For the past two years, he has been integral in developing curriculum content for Transitions Academy. He is also involved with PRSA Pittsburgh and has been vital in onboarding Havas PR’s interns as the program coordinator.
Whether it’s for the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society, LivaNova or IPEMA, Kariann is always focused on delivering quality work. After joining the team in 2016, she has become an indispensable member of the team—playing a vital role in social media and e-newsletter content development, trade show support and managing correspondence with the Board of Directors, International Advisory Council and pharmaceutical sponsors. She is also active in the PRSA Pittsburgh chapter—serving as Young Professionals Co-Chair.

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