Corporate People News In Brief (March 19, 2012)
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Corporate People News In Brief (March 19, 2012)

New people in new roles at Cablevision, Samsung, Choice Hotels, ITT Exelis, Zillow, CF Industries, and the Gemological Institute.

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BETHPAGE, NY—Cablevision Systems Corporation has appointed Kelly McAndrew (pictured) as vice president, corporate communications. McAndrew will report to Charlie Schueler, Cablevision’s executive vice president of media and community relations, and is charged with developing and executing communications activities in support of the company’s corporate strategy, financial performance and key corporate developments. Prior to joining Cablevision, McAndrew served as senior vice president, corporate communications, at Viacom, and oversaw public relations activities across six countries for The Pepsi Bottling Group.

DALLAS—Samsung Telecommunications America has appointed Teri Daley as senior director of public relations. Daley will lead public relations programs in support of Samsung Mobile's product portfolio, and will play a major role in aligning corporate communications with overall business strategies. Before joining Samsung Mobile, Daley founded 1 Degree PR, a strategic communications planning agency; was previously an executive vice president for Edelman Public Relations; and senior vice president and telecom and wireless practice Leader for Ketchum, serving as the global account director for Nokia.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Choice Hotels International has named Robin Pence vice president of public relations, responsible for developing and managing the external communications strategy for the company in the areas of public, media, industry and government relations. She will report to Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, brand strategy and marketing. Most recently, Pence served as vice president, corporate communications at Gannett. Prior to joining Gannett, Robin was vice president, communications for AES, a global power company.

MCLEAN, VA—ITT Exelis has appointed B.J. Talley as its director of corporate communications. He will report to David Albritton, vice president and chief communications officer for Exelis, and manage all aspects of public and media relations for Exelis corporate headquarters. Talley previously served in a number of positions at ITT Corporation and ITT Exelis, including director of communications at ITT missions systems division; public relations manager at ITT Corporation headquarters; and most recently as the lead for employee communications, digital and social media at Exelis headquarters.

SEATTLE—Zillow, the leading real estate information marketplace, has appointed real estate industry blogger Jay Thompson as director of industry outreach and social media. Thompson brings nearly seven years of social media experience to Zillow. In addition to running one of the top real estate blogs, he regularly speaks at real estate and social media conferences.

DEERFIELD, IL—CF Industries Holdings, a leader in nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer manufacturing and distributionm has hired Daniel Swenson as senior director, investor relations and corporate communications. He succeeds Terrell Huch, who recently was named director, raw materials procurement. Swenson previously served as vice president, investor relations, at Cooper Industries, and as vice president, investor relations and financial planning, at Rockwell Collins.

NEW YORK—The Gemological Institute of America has appointed Stephen Morisseau as its public relations director, responsible for implementing and driving communication strategies that further GIA objectives. Following a 15-year career as a US diplomat in Europe and Latin America, Morisseau spent 10 years in the international and domestic energy industry in Houston, Texas, including more than two years leading public relations for one of the largest competitive electricity retailers in the state.

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