LOS ANGELES—Rentech, a provider of energy independence solutions, has hired Tom Sayles as senior vice president of corporate communications and government affairs. Sayles will coordinate Rentech’s corporate positioning and government initiatives and will report to D. Hunt Ramsbottom, president and CEO of Rentech. Since 1994, Sayles served as vice president, government and community affairs, for San Diego-based Sempra Energy. Prior to joining Sempra, he served as California’s secretary of business transportation and housing and as a member of the cabinet of California Governor Pete Wilson.
LOS ANGELES—Southwest Water Company has promoted DeLise Keim to vice president of corporate communications, responsible for designing and implementing the company’s public, investor and employee communications plans. Keim joined Southwest Water in 2005 as director of corporate communications. Prior to that, she was principal and founder of Power Plan, where she developed business plans and provided strategic communications counsel and served as senior director of corporate communications at Homestore, an Internet technology company.
CARROLLTON, TX—Accor North America, a leading hotel chain owner and operator, has promoted Janice Maragakis to vice president of corporate communications. Maragakis will be responsible for corporate communications for six Accor brands: Motel 6, Studio 6, Red Roof Inn, Ibis, Novotel and Sofitel. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Accor crisis team, Maragakis manages Accor’s financial public relations and handles the Accor press hotline. Maragakis joined Accor in 2005 as director of public relations.
FRAMINGHAM, MA—Market intelligence company IDC has hired Steve Conway, a 20-year veteran of the IT industry, as research vice president in the company’s technical computing systems group. Conway previously was vice president of corporate communications and investor relations for Cray and headed corporate communications for Cray Research and CompuServe Corporation.