PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Gatesman, one of the Northeast’s premier marketing communications agencies, has expanded its executive leadership team with the hiring of Susan English as Senior Vice President, Director of PR and Social Media. English will oversee the agency’s nationally-ranked public relations and social media team across all client accounts.

«Susan is a force of positive energy, collaboration, leadership and strategy, and she’s a perfect fit for Gatesman,» said agency president, Shannon Baker. «Public relations, social media and influencer relations are some of the fastest-growing areas of our business, and I’m confident Susan will continue to build the reputation and capabilities of our team with a steadfast focus on innovative client solutions.»

Before being elevated to the role of president, Baker led Gatesman PR to be one of the leading independent public relations practices in the nation. Since 2013, the team has consistently and steadily climbed O’Dwyer’s PR Top 100 rankings, and in 2016 they landed several major account wins including global medical device manufacturer Tobii Dynavox, national c-store retailer Thorntons and leading CPG company Starkist. To close out the year, the team was recognized with more than a dozen awards from IABC, the Addy’s and PRSA for its successful and results-oriented client work. And to follow its 2015 recognition as PRSA Agency of the Year, Gatesman PR earned the title of PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2016 Team of the Year based on client results, agency growth and new business wins.

English was tapped to lead the high-performing team following a three-month long national search and brings 18 years of experience in public relations and marketing strategy to Gatesman. Throughout her career and within the industry, she has established a reputation as a creative and strategic counselor with strong leadership capabilities. She is also widely recognized for building teams that consistently deliver results-driven programs across broad marketing disciplines to achieve clients’ business goals. Her global perspective, creativity, passion and marketing savvy position her in an ideal way to be a key contributor at Gatesman as the worlds of advertising, public relations, social media and technology converge.

«It is an exciting time for public relations as the speed and volume of communications channels continues to increase,» said English.  «Brands are seeking partners to help them stand out from the clutter while creating more meaningful connections with their audiences, and Gatesman’s consistent growth shows it has the capabilities and talent to meet the changing needs of the marketplace and bring home the results clients crave.»

Prior to joining Gatesman, she was SVP at Havas PR. While at Havas, her team’s work for Transitions Optical gained national recognition for an inspiring 13 consecutive years. Additional client experience includes EPIC Hearing Healthcare, National Vision, Inc., Heinz U.S.A. (now The Kraft Heinz Company), Carrier Corporation, Bayer Corporation (now Covestro), PPG Optical Monomers and Coatings and American Eagle Outfitters.

About Gatesman:

Based in Pittsburgh, Gatesman is an independent marketing communications agency with expertise in branding, advertising, digital, public relations, social media, and media planning and buying. The agency’s diverse client roster features leading global, national, and regional brands, such as Del Monte, Hormel Foods, Foodland, UPMC Health System, the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL franchise, S&T Bank, CONSOL Energy, SHOP ‘n SAVE and Starkist. Gatesman has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 list, noted as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S., for the past three consecutive years.



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