PALO ALTO—Biopharmaceutical company Affymax has promoted Sylvia Wheeler to vice president, corporate communications. Wheeler joined Affymax from Depomed, where she served as senior director, corporate communications. Prior to that, she served as director, corporate communications, for Cerus Corporation and Coulter Pharmaceutical and as director, corporate relations and planning, for Connetics Corporation.
WASHINGTON D.C.—The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy, has named Mike Wendy vice president of press & external affairs, working to communicate PFF's tech policy expertise to new and growing audiences worldwide. Wendy previously served as director of public affairs for the Computing Technology Industry Association, and has been active in Washington's tech policy space for the past 15 years. He is also a lawyer and a member of the Florida Bar.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—MerchantCircle, a social network for local business owners, has named Sean Pate director of public relations, leading external communications programs and brand building. Previously, Pate served as head of corporate communications for StubHub, the leading online ticket marketplace, acting as its media strategist and primary spokesman. Prior to StubHub, he was district public relations manager at Robert Half International, the specialized staffing firm and as a senior public relations specialist at Oracle.
DALLAS—DRI Corporation, a digital communications technology leader in the global surface transportation and transit security markets, has named Veronica Marks vice president of corporate communications and administration. She also continues in her role as the company's assistant secretary. Marks has been with DRI Corporation since July 2001and is responsible for the company's investor and public relations, marketing and communications, and intellectual property programs. Before joining the company, Marks was acting marketing manager at H.D. Vest Financial Services.