Novitas Communications hires Jaime Gardner as a business development and communications director. For the past 12 years, Gardner has run her own communications firm, High Plains Communication. She was previously public information officer for the Bureau of Land Management and also worked at the Department of the Interior. She also spent eight years as executive director of the Colorado Resource Alliance, a membership-based regulatory monitoring service serving counties, trade associations, individuals and companies interested in natural resource policy. In her new role, Gardner will drive new business initiatives as well as manage key accounts. “With her successful record over many years of work in the public affairs and communications space and her ability to quickly form positive relationships, Jaime is perfectly positioned to drive success across Novitas’ broad portfolio of communications and media services,“ said Novitas CEO Michelle Balch Lyng.
Kronos Bio, a company focused on transforming the lives of those affected by cancer, appoints Marni Kottle as senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. Kottle comes to Kronos Bio from Gilead Sciences, where she served as vp of corporate communications, and was responsible for the company’s corporate brand, financial communications, media and social media strategies, and employee communications. She previously covered business news, including the biopharmaceutical and health care industries, at the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “With her expertise in corporate public relations, industry background and experience as a reporter, she will be instrumental in shaping our communications strategy, as we advance our pipeline of oncology drug candidates,” said Kronos Bio president and CEO Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies appoints Carmen Bell as a director in Brussels. Bell comes to H+K from Portland Communications (formerly GPLUS), where she was a director. She has also spent several years representing industry body Insurance Europe in EU-level expert groups and helping steer its 2015 campaign for the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change. "Her international profile and unique blend of skillsets, expertise and education are a superb addition to our advisory capabilities," said H+K Belgium CEO and senior vice president, Continental Europe, Melanie Faithfull Kent.