CLS Strategies expands to Chicago under new Managing Director Meghan Keane; grows firm’s strategic communications offerings with additional promotion and new hires

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August 6, 2018

CLS Strategies expands to Chicago under new Managing Director Meghan Keane; grows firm’s strategic communications offerings with additional promotion and new hires

WASHINGTON, D.C.— CLS Strategies is proud to announce the promotion of Meghan Keane, who joined the strategic communications agency in 2014, to Managing Director. Keane will represent the company from Chicago, IL.

During her tenure at CLS, Keane has led the creation and implementation of media and digital strategy for numerous clients, including several Fortune 500 companies facing legal and reputational threats or public affairs challenges around the world. Her work at the firm also earned her recognition as a finalist for PRWeek’s 2016 Young PR Professional of the Year Award as well as a spot on PR News’ 2017 Rising PR Stars 30 & Under list.

“No matter how knotty the challenge may be, Meghan always gives her clients the counsel and support they need to succeed, so when it came to expanding our firm’s management team and footprint, Meghan was the perfect choice for the job,” said CLS partner Bob Chlopak.  

CLS Strategies is also excited to announce several other promotions and additions to its team:

  • Mona Elkalban has joined the firm as a Senior Associate. Elkalban most recently worked as a Communications and Marketing Specialist at the American Law Institute and completed her Master of Arts in International Affairs at The George Washington University. She also holds a B.A. in Communications and Media Arts from the American University in Cairo.
  • Chelsy Shipman has also joined the firm as a Senior Associate. Prior to CLS, Shipman worked as an Account Manager for Moorgate Communications, a strategic communications agency in London, UK. Shipman holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas and a M.A. in International Political Economy from King’s College London.
  • Ana Fernandez has been promoted to Senior Associate. During her time with CLS, Fernandez has been an integral part of many of the firm’s international and litigation teams, working for several international clients in Latin America and on behalf of thousands of former retired National Football League players involved in concussion-related litigation.

In addition, CLS has added Renee Reneau and Victoria MacKinnon as Associates. CLS’s expansion to Chicago adds to the firm’s growing list of offices, which includes Colorado, New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

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