The Walt Disney Company hires Alexia Quadrani as SVP, investor relations. Quadrani comes to Disney from J.P. Morgan, where she served as managing director and senior analyst for its US media equity research group. She was previously a senior managing director at Bear Stearns. In her new position, Quadrani's responsibilities will include expanding Disney's relationships with sell-side and buy-side investment analysts, industry analysts and investors worldwide. She will lead ongoing engagement with the governance community and environmental, social and governance-focused investors. "Alexia is a highly-skilled financial professional whose expertise as an industry analyst and strong network of relationships across the investment community make her an excellent choice to lead our investor relations team," said Disney senior executive vice president and CFO Christine McCarthy.
Advantage Capital, a venture capital firm and small business lender, appoints Jeff Grass vice president of communications and stakeholder engagement. Grass was most recently global director of communications at Bayer Corporation. He was previously communications director at Anheuser-Busch and before that worked at O'Malley Hansen Communications. At Advantage, Grass will serve as strategic counselor to the leadership team and guide the development of comprehensive communications and outreach programs across all lines of business for the firm. "Jeff has a diverse and dynamic background and brings extensive experience in leading talented teams to execute high-profile, high-impact programs for both established and emerging organizations," said Advantage Capital managing director and chief impact officer Sandra M. Moore.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection names Jacqueline Barney as VP of marketing. She comes to the company from Disney, where she led the marketing strategy and sales planning for both National Geographic Expeditions and Adventures by Disney. In her new post, Barney will oversee all facets of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's marketing strategy to drive awareness of the brand globally. "With her impressive marketing and leadership background, Jackie will play an integral role in shaping our brand strategy," said The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection CEO Douglas Prothero. The company says it plans to start sailing with the Evrima, its inaugural yacht, in May.