42West Taps PR Vet Joe Quenqua as Managing Director

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Quenqua, coming from DKC, will oversee a new bicoastal department focusing on filmed and digital content and live events

42West has hired veteran publicist Joe Quenqua as a managing director, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Quenqua will be based out of Los Angeles and oversee a new bicoastal department focusing on the firm’s representation of filmed and digital content as well as live events. He most recently headed DKC’s national entertainment practice and its L.A. operations as executive vp, overseeing the 2015 launch of DKC/O&M, the first Broadway and live events division at a national PR agency.

“Joe’s many years of experience in the film world, not to mention his recent success in the digital, streaming and live events spaces, make him a formidable addition to our staff,” 42West co-CEOs Leslee Dart, Amanda Lundberg and Allan Mayer said Monday in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the 42West family.”

Quenqua worked for Dart at PMK Public Relations earlier in his career, focusing on film titles as well as personal representation. He then went to mPRm Public Relations to serve as vp film before moving to Disney, where he worked for 11 years. There, he led national media strategies across all of the company’s brands, including Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks, and simultaneously served as head of global communications and worldwide publicity for Disney Theatrical Group.

“I have had the honor of enjoying both personal and professional relationships with Leslee and Amanda for more than two decades,” said Quenqua. “I am extremely grateful to both of them, along with Allan, for giving me the opportunity to join and help build this already world-class team.”

Quenqua will work alongside fellow managing directors Susan Ciccone, Linda Guerrero, Tom Piechura, Sarah Rothman, Amanda Silverman and Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson.