WASHINGTON, DC—The Air Transport Association of America, the industry trade association for the leading US airlines, has named Steven Lott as vice president, communications. He joins the ATA from the International Air Transport Association, where he served as head of communications for North America for the past four years. Earlier, he was a journalist and editor for Aviation Daily and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. In his new role, Lott will help drive communications strategy and work closely with the ATA government affairs and policy teams to advocate for the airline industry in Washington, D.C., and around the world. He will report to Jean Medina, senior vice president of communications.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Maryland-based lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International has appointed Kelly Kane vice president, corporate communications. Kane will continue to report to Anne Madison, senior vice president of corporate communications and oversees the company's associate and franchisee communications functions and messaging through the management of print, online, electronic, multimedia and social media vehicles. She also leads the organization's corporate meetings and events group.
LONGMONT, CO—DigitalGlobe, a global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, has appointed Robert Keosheyan to the newly created position of director, corporate communications and public relations, responsible for developing and managing the company's external communications. He was most recently public relations director for Infor, a privately-held enterprise software firm. His experience also includes work for AMD, i2 Technologies, Novell, Quantum, FullTime Software and Genesys Telecommunications.
CARSON CITY, NV—Bethany Drysdale has been named to lead public relations for the Nevada Commission on Tourism. Drysdale has served as public relations specialist for NCOT since October 2005. She succeeds Chris Chrystal, who is retiring after a 48-year career in news reporting and public relations that included 13 years with NCOT. She previously worked at the Auburn Journal as a reporter and features editor and at RKPR as an account executive handling tourism industry clients.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Airport Authority has hired Carlo Bertolini as director of communications. Bertolini was most recently senior manager, corporate communications for Republic Airways, one of the largest regional airline companies in the country.