This piece captures my thoughts after years – decades, really – of writing personnel releases. Sometimes the company is genuinely happy about securing a new hire, but "pleased to announce" is such a waste of words. You wouldn't have hired them if you didn't think it was a good idea. Just say XYZ has hired; John Smith has joined, or if you must, XXX announces that XXX has joined and save your quotes to emphasize the qualities about the person that make them an asset to your clients. Because, that's what the readers care about – how is this going to help me?