The Bezos Earth Fund, a Jeff Bezos-funded organization dedicated to driving climate and nature solutions, hires Stacie Cobos as chief communications officer. Cobos was most recently vice president, brand marketing and communications at the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She has also led communications at The Climate Reality Project, was senior vice president of public affairs at Hill + Knowlton Strategies and served as national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. The fund says it plans to disburse $10 billion in grants by 2030.
Edelman brings on Oscar Suris as president of its New York office. Suris was most recently executive managing director for C-suite strategies and crisis communications at Zeno Group, Edelman’s sister agency. He was previously head of corporate communications at Wells Fargo and director, corporate communications at both Ford Motor Company and AutoNation. Earlier in his career, he was executive assistant to the chairman and publisher at the Miami Herald and worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, Orlando Sentinel and Miami News. ‘Oscar is a proven leader and a seasoned counselor who will set the pace and tone for our New York operation,” said Edelman US chief executive officer Lisa Osborne Ross. “His career history alone demonstrates his ability to deliver best-in-class work in high-stakes situations.”
Clarifai, an AI platform for computer vision, natural language processing, and audio recognition names Kathleen Shouldis vice president of marketing. Shouldis joins the company from IBM where she spent 23 years, most recently as the CMO and VP of marketing, industrial market and Watson IoT. In her new position, she will oversee the development and execution of Clarifai's overall marketing and growth strategy, including go-to-market, marketing operations, and demand generation. "Kathleen brings advanced enterprise go-to-market and brand-building expertise across the commercial and federal sectors from IBM, where she worked directly with relevant users and client C-Suite executives," said Clarifai senior vice president of platform Alfredo Ramos, Sr.