Linda Blakley has been named senior vice president of new business development at GolinHarris. Blakley comes to the public relations firm from Wal-mart, where she was senior director of public relations and brand reputation. Before that, she spent 16 years at Sears, Roebuck and Co., in jobs including public relations manager, community relations manager and director of corporate public relations and reputation management. Blakley has a B.S. in journalism and an M.S. in integrated marketing communication from Northwestern University.