Cornerstone Government Affairs has added Christian Lee to its national security team. Lee was most recently a professional staff member on the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. He has also served as the acquisition appropriations coordinator in the Coast Guard’s Office of Budget and Programs, where he was responsible for formulating and defending the Coast Guard’s near $2 billion annual acquisition appropriation and $10 billion capital investment plan. His Congressional experience includes a stint as the Coast Guard’s assistant liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he conducted outreach and facilitated senior-level engagements with members of Congress and staff. Cornerstone president and managing director Geoff Gonella called Lee “a subject matter expert with an excellent reputation on both sides of the aisle and in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”
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PROI Worldwide has named Ciro Dias dos Reis, president of Sao Paulo, Brazil-headquartered Imagem Corporativa, as its global chair. Reis succeeds Claire Parsons of Lansons, who now takes on the role of immediate past chair, in the position. Reis, who founded Imagem in 2001, previously worked as a journalist and has also served as director of press relations & public affairs at Brazil’s National Association of Automobile Manufacturers. In 2019, PROI Worldwide encompassed 78 partners, with 7,300 employees in more than 165 cities and 50 countries.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a not-for-profit health insurance provider serving 3.3 million individuals and groups in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area, has appointed Mack McGee vice president and chief marketing officer. McGee comes to CareFirst from management consulting and accounting firm SC&H Group, where he also served as vice president and chief marketing officer. In his new position, McGee will oversee all of CareFirst’s marketing functions, including communications, public and media relations and customer experience and insights. “Mack is an enthusiastic, dynamic marketing executive who has proven his ability to leverage brand, marketing programs and communications to drive business growth and sustain success,“ said CareFirst executive vice president of marketing & government affairs Maria Harris Tildon.
WeWork has promoted Lauren Fritts to chief communications officer. Fritts was previously vice president of public affairs and corporate communications, overseeing stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. Prior to WeWork, Fritts served as digital director and deputy communications director for Chris Christie during his term as the Governor of New Jersey and on his 2016 presidential campaign. She also spent seven years as a producer for Fox News Channel. In her new role, Fritts will lead WeWork’s internal and external communications and public affairs functions on a global basis. "Lauren’s steadfast and strong leadership will elevate our efforts to effectively communicate WeWork’s next chapter,” said WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani.