Corporate People News In Brief (July 22, 2013)
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Corporate People News In Brief (July 22, 2013)

New people in new roles at US Airways, Notre Dame, Topco, Hyperion Therapeutics, Mambu and SoundExchange.

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TEMPE, AZ—US Airways has appointed Christine Kelly Singley as managing director, corporate communications. In her new role, Singley will aid the communications department as the airline prepares to close its merger with American Airlines later this fall. She joins from Delta Air Lines where she oversaw the company's executive, international, operational and internal communications. Prior to Delta, she worked for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.

SOUTH BEND, IN—Paul Browne (pictured), currently deputy commissioner of public information for the New York City Police Department, has been appointed to the newly elevated post of vice president of public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame. Working with Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, he will be responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy to enhance Notre Dame’s reputation nationally and internationally.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL—Topco Associates, a privately-held food industry service provider, has named Danell O'Neill director, corporate communications. O'Neill, who reports directly to Topco president and CEO Randy Skoda, will be responsible for developing and executing Topco's strategic internal and external communications. He has worked with Topco as a corporate communications consultant for the past 18 months, and earlier held communications roles at Honeywell, Accenture and The Nielsen Company.

SAN FRANCISCO—Hyperion Therapeutics has added Sylvia Wheeler as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications, responsible for Hyperion's external communications with the investment and media communities. Wheeler joins from Affymax, a biopharmaceutical company where she most recently served as vice president, corporate communications. She held similar roles at Depomed, Cerus Corporation, and Coulter Pharmaceuticals.

LONDON--Ruth Brown, most recently director of communications for SunGard Financial Systems’ banking division, has joined Mambu, the software-as-a-service microfinance technology specialist, to run the company’s global PR and communications. Brown will develop the company’s global communication strategy to engage with media, analysts and the global microfinance community via traditional and online media channels. 

WASHINGTON, DC—SoundExchange, a non-profit performance rights organization representing the recorded music industry, has hired Julia Massimino as vice president of global public policy. In this newly created role, she will lead the organization's public policy and government affairs, supervise legislative matters, and guide overall public policy and strategy. Massimino most recently spent more than 12 years working for Rep. Howard Berman (D-Cal.), the former chairman of the subcommittee on courts, intellectual property and the internet.


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