Josh King, a politically savvy top communications and marketing exec for insurer Willis Group Holdings, has followed Willis' former CEO to troubled Fortune 500 payment processor First Data Corp. in Atlanta to lead global communications and corporate affairs.
The Livestrong Foundation, the high-profile cancer charity plotting its future after the fall of founder Lance Armstrong, has turned to an experienced corporate PR counselor for its executive VP of strategic communications post, following a search.
Netflix has brought in tech PR pro, former journalist and DC-savvy communicator Anne Marie Squeo and deployed VP of communications Joris Evers to oversee PR for Europe, where the streaming video provider is expanding.
PR Seminar, which says it is "not about the practice of communications" (and we agree), holds its annual $1 million off-the-record meeting June 1-4. Ex-CIA head and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been added to program.
Alibaba, the Chinese online retail giant slated for a massive initial public offering, has brought in veteran corporate and government communicator Jim Wilkinson as head of international corporate communications.
American's Health Insurance Plans, the Washington trade group for the health insurance sector, has recruited Brendan Buck, press secretary to House Speaker John Boehner, as spokesman and VP of communications.
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