NEW YORK—Stacy Leistner has been appointed vice president of strategic communications for the Toy Industry Association. As the head of communications at TIA, Leistner will work closely with TIA members and staff to support the toy industry's outreach to federal and state agencies. He will be based in TIA's New York office. Leistner is a 19-year veteran of the American National Standards Institute, where as director of communications and education, he helped to build an awareness of voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment programs by consumers and leaders of industry and government.
NEW YORK— Diversified industrial manufacturer Sequa Corporation has appointed Andrew Farrant has been appointed vice president of marketing and corporate communications, responsible for developing and implementing strategies and branding initiatives for all marketing and corporate communications activities. He will also lead marketing communications, public relations, internal communications, tradeshows and the development of marketing initiatives supporting Sequa and its subsidiaries, including Chromalloy Gas Turbine products and services worldwide. Prior to joining Sequa, Farrant spent almost 15 years managing marketing and communications strategy and tactics at Bombardier Aerospace.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chris Kormis has been named associate dean for marketing and communications at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Kormis will serve as the primary spokesperson, after the Dean, to all external audiences, and will direct communications strategies to promote the school as well as raise its visibility among the news media, key stakeholders, and alumni. Kormis previously served at The George Washington University as assistant vice president for university relations, and in 2001 was tapped to lead the university relations team as executive director.