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Marathon Strategies Hires Matthew West as Firm’s First Chief Talent Officer

Written by: | | Dated: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019




Veteran HR & Talent Acquisition Pro Joins Growing Firm


Matthew West

NEW YORK (March 1, 2019) – Marathon Strategies, an independent, full-service communications and research firm, announced today that it hired Matthew West – an award-winning human resources and talent acquisition professional – as its first Chief Talent Officer.   

In his new role, West will be responsible for recruiting and retaining top talent to the firm; implementing professional training and development programs; overseeing human resources operations; developing and reinforcing the elements of Marathon’s positive agency culture; serving as a resource for employees; and serve as a strategic partner to the agency’s senior management.

“Matthew will help us not only continue to grow, but to grow smarter and better,said Marathon CEO and founder Phil Singer. “His years of experience in finding the right talent will support Marathon in driving our business forward and achieving our goals.”

An award-winning, Cornell- and Harvard-educated agency leader, West brings to the agency more than 20 years of experience and a track record of professional excellence. Prior to joining Marathon, he worked as a Director at Advice Personnel, a NYC-based recruiting firm. In 2014, West was named by PM-360 as a Top Innovator in Talent for the pharma industry’s marketing and communications sectors. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as Vice President and Chief Talent Officer at McCann Healthcare (formerly Regan Campbell Ward), where he grew the staff exponentially. In 2013, he was named as one of PharmaVoice’s “Top 100 Most Inspiring People” in the industry and received Workforce Management’s “Game Changers Award for Business.”

“The agency is in a tremendous growth mode, both in terms of our size and our client base,” said West. “I’ve built my career connecting people and opportunities. I’m eager to use that experience to help Marathon grow and to help our employees grow and excel as well.”

About Marathon Strategies:

Born from the trenches of some of the most high-profile political races over the last two decades, Marathon applies the strategic, fast-paced, results-driven execution of campaigns to the challenges of a wide range of brands, issues, and candidates. We embed ourselves in our clients’ organizations and we challenge the status quo, using our experience and intellect to shape opinions and deliver results. The Marathon team is as diverse as the services we offer. Our team members have prior experience as reporters, writers and editors, lawyers, economists, television producers, campaign operatives, and crisis professionals. As a result, the firm brings a unique perspective to a large portfolio of clients across real estate, telecommunications, healthcare, transportation, financial services, education, technology, and other major industries. To learn more about Marathon Strategies, visit

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