Corporate People Briefs (January 23)
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Corporate People Briefs (January 23)

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has named John Bland director of public relations. Bland will supervise a team responsible for media relations and internal communications.

Paul Holmes

CHARLOTTE—The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has named John Bland director of public relations. Bland will supervise a team responsible for media relations and internal communications, and also manage the writing and editing of the university magazine.  He will work closely with the associate vice chancellor for university relations, Tony Hoppa, to develop an integrated communications program that uses print and electronic publications, video and photography, advertising, graphic design and Web content. 

SAN MATEO, CA—CNF has named Gary Frantz director of corporate communications. He will manage communications at CNF offices in San Mateo and will also be responsible for program development; management of media relations, and support for integrated communications programs throughout the CNF organization. Frantz joins CNF from technology company GT Nexus, where since 2001 he has directed media and analyst relations, and customer communications programs.

TORONTO—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has named Tammy Phillips, executive director, public relations. Phillips joins Fairmont’s corporate PR team from The Fairmont Royal York where she was most recently acting director, public relations. She will be responsible for increasing the awareness and understanding of the Fairmont brand and for Fairmont’s media relations outreach, social responsibility initiatives, and crisis communications response.

NEW YORK—Showtime Networks has named Stuart Zakim vice president of corporate public relations. He will report to Richard Licata, executive vice president, corporate communications and will work to heighten Showtime’s entertainment and cable trade profile.  One of Zakim’s first assignments is to launch Showtime’s 30th Anniversary media outreach. Zakim joins Showtime from American Media where he oversaw the public relations activities for the company and its 22 magazines.

LOUISVILLE, KY—Churchill Downs Inc. has named T. Kevin Flanery vice president of national public affairs. Flanery, who will report to CDI executive vice president, chief development officer and general counsel William Carstanjen, will oversee public affairs and legislative activities for CDI and its affiliated racetracks at the state and national level. He joins CDI after serving as president of Hagan Properties and was previously secretary of the finance and administration cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

CLEVELAND—Diversified anufacturing company Eaton Corporation has named Donald McGrath as vice president, communications. He will lead Eaton’s internal, external, digital and brand communications. McGrath joins Eaton from BASF Corporation, North America, where he had been vice president of corporate communications since 2002. He was previously vice president of global communications for Rockwell Automation and before that director of corporate communications for Textron.

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