Relevance International names Chris Lanzaro chief financial officer, a newly created role. Lanzaro has served as CFO at Cornerstone Agency/The FADER, vice president/controller at Global Strategy Group, and Senior Auditor E&Y. In his new role, he will lead the day-to-day execution of business and human resource administration across the agency’s offices in New York, London, and Los Angeles. He will also be instrumental in leading organizational growth by analyzing profit margins, team utilization, and client relations. “Chris has a proven track record of excellence throughout his career,” said Relevance International founder and CEO Suzanne Rosnowski. “I’m grateful to have added a talented professional to strengthen our financial and HR operations.
BackBay Communications brings on Fred Baldassaro and George Spencer as vice presidents. Baldassaro, who joins the firm as a vp in the fintech group, previously held several communications and public engagement roles in the Obama administration. He was also a senior advisor at the Treasury Department and has served as director of communications for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Spencer is a vp in BackBay’s impact investing/ESG group. Prior to joining BackBay, he was senior manager of communications for the Global Impact Investing. Before he began his work in impact investing, George spent more than a decade as a broadcast journalist. “Their deep understanding of financial services, strategic mindsets, media relationships, and writing abilities will further enable BackBay to provide exceptional results and counsel,” said BackBay founder and CEO Bill Haynes.
Wireless internet service provider Starry hires Ben Barrett as vice president of investor relations. Barrett joins the company from real estate technology firm Compass, where he was responsible for building the investor relations function, helping take the company public in April 2021. He was previously senior director of investor relations at T-Mobile. “His many years of experience helping shape and build investor relations teams and his deep relationships with the analyst community will be deeply valuable to us as we continue to grow and scale the company,” said Starry CFO Kolan Misra.
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