SAN DIEGO—Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer (pictured) has joined crowdfunding site GoFundMe as vice president of policy and communications. Before joining the Obama White House in 2009, Pfeiffer worked with prominent Democrats including former Vice President Al Gore, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, and Sen. Evan Bayh. He left the administration in March and had been working as a contributor to CNN.
WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama has appointed John Kirby as assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of State. Kirby, who retired from the US Navy as a Rear Admiral in 2015, served as Pentagon press secretary from 2013 to 2015. Earlier, he was chief of information for the Department of the Navy from 2012 to 2013, and deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations from 2011 to 2012.
MINNEAPOLIS—General Mills has hired Mary Lynn Carver as vice president of global corporate communications and chief communications officer, replacing Tom Forsythe and reporting to senior VP of external relations Kim Nelson. She was previously senior vice president of communications and public affairs for the University of Maryland Medical System and earlier held communications roles at St Jude Children's Research Hospital and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
ST. LOUIS—Heather Husek has joined McCarthy Holdings as vice president, corporate communications, responsible for overseeing communications serving McCarthy companies including McCarthy Building Companies, MC Industrial, Castle Contracting and Castle GPS. McCarthy was previously director of corporate brand at Express Scripts and held positions at McCarthy Building and Macy’s.
NEW YORK—Project: WorldWide, an independent, employee-owned agency group, has appointed Jennifer Comiteau as executive director of corporate communications, a new role. Comiteau joins the group from FCB, where she spearheaded North American communications for the Interpublic-owned ad agency. For much of her career she was a journalist, starting with newspapers in Northern Virginia before joining Adweek in 1994.