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Spike Jones Joins Emerging Southwest Team at Edelman Digital


Edelman announced today that Spike Jones has joined Edelman’s Austin office as senior vice president, effective immediately. Jones will oversee regional strategy and business development for the Southwest.

“Spike’s expertise in creating word-of-mouth movements and bringing disruptive and innovative social strategies to clients will further drive momentum forward for our Southwest Digital practice, where the Edelman center of excellence for analytics is based,” said Helen Vollmer, president of the Edelman Southwest region. “He’ll be joining a growing and impressive team — and we’re thrilled to have his expertise and leadership at Edelman.”

Jones has experience working on digital customer experience initiatives and advocacy programs for clients such as Verizon, HP, Pfizer, Intel and Hershey’s. Prior to joining Edelman, he was the group director of engagement at WCG in Austin, growing the business to the third most profitable in the company. Before that, Jones was a senior vice president at FleishmanHillard in Austin and spent 10 years at Brains on Fire in Greenville, S.C.

The Southwest team is spearheaded by several talented VPs and recent hires including:

  • Brianne Brewer, vice president, Austin: With Edelman Digital since October 2012, Brewer’s expertise lies in developing integrated communications strategies for education and technology clients with a focus on analytics and insights.
  • Chris Hershberger, vice president, Dallas: Joined Edelman Digital in October 2013, bringing his business-to-consumer and mobile expertise from previous roles at Michaels Stores, Inc. and Alive Digital.
  • Deven Nongbri, vice president, Houston: Hired in November 2012, Nongbri previously was a vice president of marketing for Extremetix, Inc. and helped pioneer digital marketing and social solutions at Sara Lee, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T and Dell.

“I see a wealth of opportunity to expand our digital presence and offerings for clients in the Southwest and beyond, including key areas around content creation and dissemination, analytics and insights, data processing and integration of paid media strategies,” said Jones.

Jones is co-author of the book Brains on Fire: Ignite Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements, which was published by Wiley & Sons in August 2010. His branding work has received several accolades, including 11 recognitions by ReBrand 100 and numerous Addy awards.

About Edelman

Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its “A-List Agencies” in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek’s “2011 PR Agency of the Year;” PRWeek’s “2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;” and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year” and its 2012 “Digital Agency of the Year.” Edelman was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoor’s top ten “Best Places to Work” in 2011 and 2012. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research), Blue (advertising), BioScience Communications (medical communications), and agencies Edelman Significa (Brazil), and Pegasus (China). Visit for more information.

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