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The William Morris Agency has hired former Clinton administration official Cecile Ablack in the newly created post of senior VP, global corporate communications. She begins work Wednesday.

At WMA, she will oversee worldwide strategic communications across all agency business segments. Chris Petrikin will continue to serve as the agency’s senior VP of corporate communications.

Ablack spent the last 16 months working for the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as deputy mayor for communications and strategy. According to Villaraigosa, Ablack has been a “central spark and anchor for all our strategic communications and media outreach efforts, including most notably those supporting my first city budget and first trade mission to Asia.”

Ablack worked for Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown in the first Clinton administration, where she served as director of public affairs and congressional relations for the International Trade Administration.

She also served as an associate dean at her alma mater, Yale U., overseeing international public affairs and strategic planning for the School of Management.

Ablack also has worked for several multinational advertising agencies, Time Inc. and the prime minister of Jamaica.