Corporate People News In Brief (January 9, 2012)
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Corporate People News In Brief (January 9, 2012)

New people in new roles at Celgene, FMC, Kia Motors, MDC Partners, Viacom, Metabolix, Baristas Coffee Co., and ATK.

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SUMMIT, NJ—Celgene Corporation has appointed Richard Bagger as senior vice president, corporate affairs and strategic market access, responsible for all government and public affairs, strategic market access, communications and patient advocacy initiatives and reporting to Robert Hugin, chairman and chief executive officer. Bagger joins the company after most recently serving as chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Previously, he was senior vice president of worldwide public affairs and policy for Pfizer.

PHILADELPHIA—Chemical company FMC Corporation has appointed Kenneth Gedaka vice president, corporate communications. Gedaka joined FMC from The Dow Chemical Company where he was public affairs director, responsible for global communications for the company's advanced materials division. He previously was communications director at Rohm & Haas Company.

IRVINE, CA—Kia Motors America has named James Hope national manager of product public relations, reporting to director of public relations Scott McKee. In his position, Hope will develop vehicle communication strategy and oversee new model introductions, auto shows, national and regional media events and press fleet operations. Hope, who worked for KMA earlier in his career, joins from Volvo Cars of North America where he organized national and international new vehicle launch programs and managed publicity and reputation management initiatives.

NEW YORK—MDC Partners, the marketing communications company that is parent to several public relations firms, has hired Alexandra Delanghe as VP of corporate communications, leading and overseeing all communications efforts for the organization and serving as a key resource for its partner agencies. Delanghe joins MDC from advertising network DDB, where she served as US director of communications. Earlier, she spent time at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery and Powell Communications.

NEW YORK—Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom, has appointed Julia Phelps as senior vice president of corporate communications. Phelps will oversee all communications and media relations for the company's international multiplatform brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, non-premium Paramount Pictures branded channels, VH1, VIVA, MTVHD, Colors, Game One and Tr3s. Phelps joins VIMN from Viacom, where she served as vice president, corporate communications. She will report directly to Bob Bakish, president and chief executive officer of Viacom International Media Networks.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Metabolix, a bioscience company focused on developing sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, has named Lynne Brum as vice president of marketing and corporate communications and a member of the executive management team, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's marketing and corporate communications initiatives. Prior to joining Metabolix, she served as an executive vice president at Porter Novelli Life Sciences and earlier was vice president of strategic communications for Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

SEATTLE—Baristas Coffee Company has named Richard Lewis senior vice president and head of consumer and trade public relations. Lewis is a former vice president of public relations for Hanna-Barbera, DIC Entertainment and LBS Communications. He also served as the senior vice president of marketing and public relations for the WWE and was the senior vice president of business development for DQ Entertainment.

ARLINGTON, VA—Aerospace company ATK has given vice president and treasurer Steve Wold additional responsibility for the company's investor relations function, and Steve Cortese, currently senior vice president for ATK's Washington operations, additional responsibility for the company's corporate communications function.

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