NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In hires that strengthen Porter Novelli's North American team, the firm has named Julie Schumacher Ciardiello managing director of the New York office, Peter DiBart creative director and Bruce Ginsberg senior vice president, business development. As managing director of Porter Novelli's flagship office, Schumacher will lead teams across the firm's practice areas, including consumer, technology, health and wellness, food and corporate communications. She succeeds Erin Osher, who relocated to the agency's Seattle office. Schumacher rejoins Porter Novelli, where she worked earlier in her career managing one of the agency's largest food clients, with more than a dozen creative brand and nutrition programs. "I'm thrilled to be returning to Porter Novelli, where I benefited from an inspiring culture and exceptional team members," said Schumacher. "The company is poised for significant growth, with a strong senior leadership team in place and talent at the center of its strategic outlook. I look forward to leveraging my deep food, nutrition and health and wellness background to help build on their success." Schumacher joins Porter Novelli from Omnicom sister agency Ketchum, where she worked for nearly a decade. Schumacher joined Ketchum in 2007 as a leader in the New York consumer brand practice and later led the office's Food & Wellness Practice, before becoming co-director of the North American Food & Beverage Practice in 2014. She was named a Ketchum partner in 2013 and most recently was focused on business development and client engagements in the agency's growing healthcare unit. Schumacher's shift to Porter Novelli brings to life one of the overarching goals of Omnicom Public Relations Group—to develop and grow top talent across Omnicom agencies, providing growth opportunities that keep high performers in the Omnicom family.