Havas PR announced the promotions of Brian Ackermann, Michael Battisti, Christina Gregory and Kariann Mano to assistant account executive.

In his new role, Ackermann will continue to support both the Transitions Optical and National Vision accounts—excelling in content creation, influencer relations and social media. He leads the social media strategy and development for Transitions Optical’s professional Facebook page and sunwear consumer channels. Outside of the office, Ackermann serves as social media chair for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Since joining the team in May 2016, Battisti quickly became an integral member of both the PPG Optical and Transitions Optical teams. His exemplary writing skills, project management and attention to detail serve him well as he supports multiple projects—from Transitions global education and key account support, to new Canada programs. In his new position, he will lead several Transitions Optical projects, including assisting in the development of the 2018 Transitions Academy curriculum.

In her new role as an assistant account executive, Gregory will continue to contribute to several accounts, including Costa, LivaNova and Transitions Optical. In the past year, Gregory has developed a focus in social media management and geo-targeted media relations. Her strategy and development skills in media, content creation and social media have helped her achieve strong results for clients.

Mano, who started with Havas as an intern in May 2016, quickly adapted to agency life. In her new role, she will continue to support several accounts, including Covestro, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES), the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) and LivaNova. From media relations social media management, to trade show and special event support, she has contributed to a wide range of communication initiatives—delivering strong client results. Mano also currently serves as the PRSA Young Professionals Committee co-chair.

“Brian, Michael, Christina and Kariann have all made significant contributions to our agency,” said Katie McSorley, Mid-Atlantic president of Havas PR. “They work hard and smart—not only to meet client expectations but also to exceed them.”

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