WMA taps Ablack for sr. vp role

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Former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Cecile Ablack has been named senior vp global corporate communications at WMA.

Ablack will oversee worldwide communications for the various business divisions of the agency, which range from film and television to Broadway, book publishing, commercial endorsements and corporate consulting. She will work closely with WMA senior vp corporate communications Chris Petrikin.

"Cecile not only will play a key role in positioning the agency for the future, but she also will be invaluable as we expand our operations internationally," WMA chief executive Jim Wiatt said.

Ablack joins WMA after spending the past 18 months as speechwriter and head of communications for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa called her "a central spark and anchor for all our strategic communications and media outreach efforts."

Before joining the Villaraigosa administration, Ablack was an associate dean at Yale University overseeing international public affairs and strategic planning for its business school. She also worked in the U.S. Commerce Department during the Clinton administration, serving as a senior public affairs official for Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
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