November 8, 2011 – Patino Associates, an executive search firm specializing in the corporate communications, public affairs, investor relations and marketing functions, has added Jennifer Pennell as its executive director. She will also open the firm’s second office in San Diego. Ms. Pennell brings over a decade of experience served at Russell Reynolds Associates conducting senior level executive searches and leadership assessments. Most recently, she led efforts to identify and attract executive recruiting professionals to Russell Reynolds. "Recent economic events have done little to slow the need for outstanding strategic communications leadership across all sectors. In particular, the job growth rate in the technology industry is nearly four times that of any other industry due to both consumer demand and innovation of business applications," said Michael Patino, managing director and CEO of Patino Associates. "Executives turn to Patino Associates because they trust our insight and ability to deliver the best possible candidates, and Jennifer augments those capabilities through her well-respected reputation and extensive experience. She will also leverage her most recent experience in identifying future expansion opportunities for the firm."