At the Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints of Penguin: Kristen Gastler has been hired as senior publicist; she was previously with Doubleday. Margot Stamas has been hired as publicist; she was previously at Putnam and Riverhead. Christy D'Agostini has been promoted to senior publicist. Jacquelynn Burke has been promoted to publicist.
Publicity firm Media Connect (formerly Planned Television Arts) has two new staff members: Steve Matteo arrives as a publicity manager. He worked for nearly 11 years as the publicity manager for Barron's. In addition, the company is joined by associate publicist Nicole Martineau in the Washington, DC office.