In addition, we’re highlighting internal promotions among staff!
Today we are announcing the appointment of advertising pioneer Warren Pickett as VP, Brand Strategy at Blast Public Relations. To further the celebration and accomplishment of Blast’s 20 years in business as of last year, Warren will contribute to the overall expansion of our agency in this new role.
Blast is a longtime leader in the advertising and marketing technology space, specializing in helping B2B and B2C clients grow their businesses through a combination of strategic PR services. Warren’s new position will help Blast advance client relations, identify growth opportunities, secure new customers, expand content offerings, and provide leading research.
Warren has spent the past 25 years working in print and digital marketing and media. Most recently, he acted as content director for digital marketing and performance marketing events, as well as editorial lead for an e-commerce direct-to-customer (DTC) sales online publication and in-person event. As a Colorado-native, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and photographing nature and wildlife in his spare time.
Along with the announcement of Warren coming on board, Blast is excited to share the deserving promotions of current staff, including Matt Caldecutt as Executive Vice President:
“Blast PR has been a fantastic place to hone all of the skills I’ve acquired over the course of my career and go even further in the profession — from setting clients on the path toward IPO to seeing multiple clients of all sizes acquired because of the great work that we do here. But more than that, this is an agency where we care about each other and our clients, and it shows given the tenure of our people and those that work with us.”
Additionally, we’re pleased to share the appointment of Lorene Bagley-Kane to VP of People and Culture, where she’ll focus on the human aspect of public relations for the agency.
“I am excited to expand my role here at Blast and continue to help our agency grow. It’s the personal connections we make that help differentiate Blast from other agencies, and we’ve found that nurturing a good company culture is key to that success,” says Lorene.
Another longtime employee with an impressive record of wins, Lacy Talton, has been elevated to Vice President.
“Having built my career at Blast PR over the past 10 years, I’m excited to join the executive team as a vice president for this next phase of the company’s growth. I have enjoyed supporting dozens of our clients’ impressive trajectories and look forward to continuing to spearhead successful communications initiatives and to nurture our team’s professional development.”
Further promotions include Katie Sanders, who has dedicated more than a decade of her career to Blast, working with her colleagues to create an invaluable content department, earning her the new title of Executive Director of Content.
“Blast has given me opportunities I didn’t even realize I wanted to pursue. Having the creative freedom to strategize and develop programs that will push our agency forward and provide our clients with exceptional content opportunities has been an incredible learning lesson over the years. I am eager to continue elevating various programs including social media, earned and sponsored content initiatives, our company blog and events/awards.”
Kristen Frizzelle, now a Senior PR Specialist, has showcased impressive client relation skills in a short period of time.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to further my career at an agency that has paved the way for B2B tech PR having serviced the industry for over 20 years with remarkable success. Blast values its employees and champions them to reach their fullest potential, and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a rockstar team. In my new role as Senior PR Specialist, I’m looking forward to spearheading PR activities that help move the needle for our clients.”
Finally, we are thrilled to share Kaitlyn DeSimone’s promotion to PR Specialist. She has stepped up to manage and assist numerous accounts and her multitasking skills are unmatched!
“Blast is truly an amazing company to work for with a dedication to both client relationships as well as internal culture. I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role to deliver strategic PR guidance for clients and to have a hand in another 20 years of Blast success!”
These promotions showcase the stellar PR professionals that Blast nurtures and will contribute to ongoing client satisfaction, allowing for continued growth and expansion of the agency. We are excited for the future, the new direction of Blast, and all of the talented staff who continue to push the PR envelope every day.