Corporate News in Brief (July 14, 2008)
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Corporate News in Brief (July 14, 2008)

GE has promoted Trevor Schauenberg to vice president of corporate investor communications, plus new people in new roles at Select Greater Philadelphia, Yes on Proposition 8, SEPTA and Airgas.

Paul Holmes

FAIRFIELD, CT—GE has promoted Trevor Schauenberg to vice president of corporate investor communications. He succeeds Dan Janki, who was named chief financial officer of GE Energy. Schauenberg, GE’s former CFO of Capital Solutions, has been promoted to the senior investor relations position. He will report to CFO Keith Sherin and will start in his new role on July 14, 2008. Schauenberg has been with GE for seventeen years, holding a variety of global finance leadership positions.


PHILADELPHIA—Select Greater Philadelphia, a not-for-profit economic development organization dedicated to marketing the Greater Philadelphia region and attracting new businesses to the community, has hired Bryan Evans as its director of public relations and publications. Evans will be responsible for execution and production of all public relations strategy, media relations and publications created to support the organization’s mission to attract and retain business in the region. Prior to joining Select Greater Philadelphia, he was account supervisor at Diccicco Battista Communications and was previously director of public affairs for the Alliance for Downtown New York.


SACRAMENTO—The proponents of Yes on Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act, the campaign to deny marriage rights to gays and lesbians, have hired Jennifer Kerns as communications director for the statewide ballot initiative. Kerns, the owner of K Street Communications, recently served as senior press secretary for California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.


PHILADELPHIA—SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, has named Francis Kelly assistant general manager of government and public affairs. Since 2005, Kelly has served as senior vice president of Egan Bloom Associates, a public affairs and management consulting firm headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. From 2001 until 2005, Kelly was President Judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court, where he had previously served as a judge from 1996 until 2001.


RADNOR, PAAirgas, a leading distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, has named R. Jay Worley vice president, communications and investor relations. He assumes responsibility for internal and external communications, in addition to retaining responsibility for the investor relations function, and will continue to report to Bob McLaughlin, senior vice president and CFO. Worley joined Airgas in 1993.

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