Walker Sands Grows Leadership Team, Welcomes 3 Agency Veterans as Newest Partners

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Erin Jordan, Annie Gudorf and Allison Ward have joined the partnership at Walker Sands

Walker Sands, an integrated PR and digital marketing agency for B2B technology and professional services companies, has elevated three senior account directors to the role of partner. Chicago PR leaders Allison Ward and Erin Jordan, along with Seattle team lead Annie Gudorf, were named to the role effective this month.

Mike Santoro
Mike Santoro

“Walker Sands has nearly doubled in size since we last welcomed new partners to the firm,” said President Mike Santoro. “The time is right to expand our leadership team and bring in new ideas and perspectives that will contribute to our next phase of growth.”

Annie Gudorf
Annie Gudorf

Gudorf joined Walker Sands in 2012 and worked her way up through media relations and account management roles before heading to Seattle to expand Walker Sands’ west coast presence. With client experience that includes CompTIA and Nintex, Gudorf and her team are responsible for some of the agency’s best campaigns – work that regularly receives recognition from the Public Relations Society of America, among others.

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Jordan joined the firm in 2012 and has grown to lead the agency’s retail technology practice. In addition to her experience with brands including CloudCraze and Globant, Jordan leads Walker Sands’ annual Future of Retail research, now in its fifth year. Jordan is a board member at PRC Next, a small group of rising leaders within the PR Council.

Ward joined Walker Sands in 2013 as an account manager after prior experience in both agency and in-house PR roles. As a senior account director managing a book of business across FinTech, electronics and other areas, Wards’s client experience include work with Newark element14, Worldpay and Billtrust. She also serves as the PR partner for the Illinois Technology Association’s Women Influence Chicago initiative.

“I am so excited to welcome these three talented, committed and driven individuals to the table,” Santoro said. “They have earned it, and I look forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”

Earlier this year, Walker Sands was named a top 5 tech agency in the US and the best firm to work for in America (under 120 employees) by the Holmes Report.

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