/  Team-Bio
Founder + Managing Director

Raffaele Castelli

Raffaele founded CLY Communication in 2009 to bring his years of experience in the luxury and lifestyle communications and events industry to brands looking for big agency thinking with the boutique agency feel. He views CLY Communication as a true extension of the agency’s client roster, looking after campaigns from an in-house point of view. Renowned for his enthusiastic temperament and the passion he brings to every detail of his work, Raffaele’s impressive creativity and endearing personality lends to truly effective campaigns.

Managing Director

Dimitrios Zales

Dimitrios’ immense creativity, impeccable attention to detail and dedication have been proven across his work for clients such as Condé Nast, OMEGA, and Coca-Cola. He oversees all events and campaigns and views each detail as being as all equally important. His fun-loving personality yet dedicated work style allows brands to know that they are in the best of hands. Each event he produces is touted for its well-thought out concept, planning and actualization.

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Director of Operations

Kristin Lingner

Kristin has been with CLY Communication for four years and was appointed as Director of Operations in 2018. She is responsible for quality assurance and the agency’s processes. Prior to that, she worked in public relations, where she has oversaw brands from the beauty, fashion, tourism, food & beverage and luxury sectors. Among her clients were Coca-Cola, Furla, Chopard, Il Gufo, Toni & Guy, Escada Eyewear, Glossybox.

Director of PR

Valerie Patruno

Valerie Patruno is a seasoned publicist, having worked with luxury brands for over 10 years. Valerie spearheads the planning and execution of integrated public relations programs for her clients, with a proven track record for generating top-tier coverage across all media verticals. Prior to joining CLY Communication as Director of the New York office, Valerie worked with brands such as SK-II, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Oribe, OUAI, R+CO, Dr. Hauschka Skincare, John Masters Organics, Kneipp and Elemental Herbology.