The Department of Health and Human Services has named Michael Caputo assistant secretary for public affairs. An associate of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, Caputo has served on the Trump campaign staff and did PR work for a subsidiary of Russian state-owned energy conglomerate Gazprom. He is also the author of “The Ukraine Hoax,” which claimed that there was a conspiracy behind Trump’s impeachment. Caputo has not previously worked in a high-level health care role. His appointment comes as the working relationship between Trump and HHS secretary Alex Azar has grown increasingly contentious, with Trump denying reports that Azar warned him about the gravity of the coronavirus situation in January.
Method Communications has brought on Adrian Eyre as senior vice president. Eyre joins Method from Edelman, where he was senior vice president and head of enterprise technology. Before that, he served as SVP, brand positioning & strategy at Ogilvy Public Relations. Eyre will be based in Method’s San Francisco office, leading its enterprise team along with Ruben Simpliciano, who joins the agency as a vice president. Simpliciano was previously a vice president at tech PR firm AxiCom. Method has also named Josh Lefkowitz (also a former AxiCom VP) as a vice president to head up its New York office.
Corteva Agriscience has appointed Anne Alonzo as senior vice president, external affairs and chief sustainability officer. Alonzo will have responsibility for setting strategy and leading the external affairs function, which includes corporate communications, global corporate responsibility, government & industry affairs, and product advocacy. Alonzo was previously president and CEO of the American Egg Board, the marketing arm of the U.S. egg industry, where she directed national campaigns in advertising, public relations and consumer education. Prior to joining the AEB in 2016, Alonzo was administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, the federal marketing agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.