NEWS & INSIGHTS
March 11, 2022 • PPHC Talent News
Seven Letter Launches ESG Practice, Enhances Financial Communications Capabilities
Five Hires Bolster New Offerings and Expand Creative Capabilities in Washington and Boston Offices
WASHINGTON, DC – (March 10, 2022) – Seven Letter, a full-service strategic communications firm with offices in Washington and Boston, today announced the launch of an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practice that will focus on developing and implementing ESG strategies that align with and support existing business and reputational objectives. Additionally, the firm has expanded its corporate communications offering to support both public and private companies in their efforts to reach existing and prospective investors, sector analysts and the financial media in the form of financial communications and investor relations.
“A commitment to ESG has become table-stakes for our clients – it is no longer an exception, but the rule,” said founding partner and CEO Erik Smith. “Our clients demand communications strategies that deliver on their commitments to their customers, their shareholders, policymakers and other stakeholders. Establishing this ESG practice is a natural expansion for our firm. Aligning our clients’ external communications with their business goals is central to every one of our engagements. Our new colleagues know the importance of this moment in our industry and they bring tremendous experience and talent to our team.”
Scott Deitz, a 30-year corporate communications veteran and certified ESG Practitioner joining the firm as a Partner, is working alongside the firm’s senior leadership to grow its corporate communications practice and launch the ESG practice. Also joining the firm as a Partner to support this growth is Meaghan Hohl, an accomplished public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, most recently at Fidelity Investments and the JFK Library Foundation, and an MBA in International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Deitz comes to the firm most recently from Kontoor Brands (Wrangler, Lee), a public company spun off from global apparel and footwear sector leader VF Corporation (The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Dickies, JanSport, SmartWool and Supreme) in 2019, where he served as Vice President of Corporate Relations and Vice President of Public Affairs, respectively. Previously, Deitz served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at building materials and fiber glass reinforcements company Owens Corning. A recognized leader in corporate social responsibility, Deitz is a Certified ESG Practitioner as provided by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence.
Hohl’s experience includes nearly a decade leading marketing and communications efforts across various business lines of Fidelity Investments, and several years as the Director of Awards and Special Projects at the JFK Library Foundation. Prior to her work with Fidelity Investments, Hohl served on the district, legislative and presidential campaign staffs of former Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with an MBA in International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Like Hohl, Christian Rodriguez and Jesse Rogers are joining the firm’s Boston office. Rodriguez joins as a Senior Manager from a leading Boston public relations firm that has a specialty in technology, where he developed a deep expertise in media strategy, particularly within the tech industry. Rogers, formerly with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies as a member of their strategy and impact team, joins as a Content Specialist.
Finally, with an eye towards continuing to enhance the firm’s creative offering, Macsonny Onyechefule, a communications professional with expertise in digital media, writing and video development, is joining as a Manager in the Boston office. With a master’s degree in Digital Media from Northeastern University, Mac will support both the firm’s creative and strategic communications teams.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Seven Letter. We are carefully expanding our practice to better tell our clients’ stories and setting the bar even higher for creative content development through our in-house digital, video and design capabilities. With Scott, Meaghan, Christian, Mac and Jesse joining our already deep bench of talented and experienced professionals, we are even better positioned drive client initiatives from ESG, to financial communications to digital media,” said founding partner David Di Martino.