Porter Novelli taps James Ruane to Lead EMEA corporate and brand practice

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As part of a global reorganization driven by CEO Jillian Janaczek's 2024 plan, Porter Novelli has established six key practice areas: Corporate & Brand, Food & Ag & Nutrition, Government, Health, Purpose & Impact, and Tech.

James Ruane has been appointed to head the newly formed EMEA Corporate and Brand practice. Ruane brings extensive experience, having served as managing partner at Stonehaven, leading their global communications and campaigns division since 2022. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at National Grid, Edelman, and BAE Systems.

Sarah Shilling, recently promoted to CEO of Porter Novelli EMEA, is confident in Ruane's capabilities, said: “James possesses a wealth of impressive client experience, ambition, and commercial smarts. Our Corporate + Brand practice is expanding in EMEA, and I know James is the right leader for its continued growth.”

James Ruane's appointment follows other recent senior hires at Porter Novelli, including Sakima Johnson as global chief people officer.