CHICAGO—Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company has named Victoria Podesta, vice president and chief communications officer. Podesta joined ADM in 2007 as vice president, corporate communications. Previously, she was a corporate communications consultant, specializing in communication strategy, corporate reputation, media relations and employee communications for global companies.
NEW YORK—Boutique hotel operator Denihan Hospitality Group has appointed Katie Meyer as vice president of public relations, a new role. Meyer will oversee the corporate communications and brand public relations strategy for Denihan. She has worked with Denihan on a consultancy basis since June 2010, and most recently was vice president of corporate communications for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she led the company’s global public relations, corporate and brand messaging strategy, including the launch of two new brands, Andaz and Hyatt Place.
DOVER, NJ—Casio America, a leader in consumer electronics, has promoted Melissa Keklak from public relations manager to senior manager of public relations. In her new role, Keklak will oversee all public and celebrity relations, internal and external communications and national events, launches and shows. She is also responsible for managing crisis communication issues, developing and implementing public relations plans, leveraging social media tactics, serving as a global liaison as well as the company spokesperson. Keklak previously worked as an account executive for The Sherry Group.
WESTCHESTER, IL—Corn Products International, a global provider of agriculturally derived ingredients for diversified markets, has hired Aaron Hoffman as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications, reporting to Cheryl Beebe, executive vice president and chief financial Officer. Aaron Hoffman replaces John Barry, who has taken the position of integration lead on the Company's acquisition of National Starch. He comes to Corn Products from Sara Lee, where he most recently served as vice president, investor relations.
MIAMI—Prestige Cruise Holdings, parent of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has appointed Gary Gerbino as vice president of corporate communications. He will head media relations and marketing communications for both lines, including two upcoming launches. Prior to joining PCH, Gerbino was with Lou Hammond & Associates, where he worked on the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruise accounts. Earlier, he was with M. Silver Associates.
BOONTON, NJ—Unigene Laboratories, a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics, has named Jenene Thomas to the newly created position of vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Thomas will report directly to Unigene's president and chief executive officer, Ashleigh Palmer. Thomas joins Unigene from Amicus Therapeutics, where she served as director, investor relations and corporate communications. Earlier, she was the CEO and president of JDT Communications.
LAS VEGAS—American Wagering, a sports wagering service and technology provider, has named John English as senior vice president of business development and public affairs, responsible for initiating, fostering, and delivering business relationships that support AWI's growth strategy as well as the company's public communications. English previously served as senior vice president of business and creative development for Las Vegas Gaming.