Corporate People News In Brief (May 14, 2012)
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Corporate People News In Brief (May 14, 2012)

New people in new roles at Audi, Cliffs Natural Resources, American Frozen Food Institute, SaviCorp, Associa, ACA International.

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HERNDON, VA—Audi of America has hired Joseph Jacuzzi as its chief communications officer. Jacuzzi was most recently general manager of Lincoln communications at Ford Motor Company. Prior to that role, Jacuzzi spent two years at PepsiCo, most recently as vice president of communications for the beverage unit. He also spent eight years at General Motors in increasingly responsible positions, both domestically and internationally, and seven years at Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America.

CLEVELAND—Cliffs Natural Resources has named Steven Raguz, senior vice president, corporate strategy and treasurer, to provide executive leadership for a new division encompassing corporate strategy, global communications and investor relations functions. In addition, Jessica Moran has been promoted to director of investor relations and Patricia Persico has been promoted to director of global communications. She will lead the development, management and execution of internal and external communications, branding, marketing communications and media relations.

MCLEAN, VA—The American Frozen Food Institute has added Adrienne Richards as director of industry and public affairs. Richards comes to AFFI with five years of experience in communications and public relations. She was previously employed by the National Turkey Federation, where she served as spokesperson and manager of the organization's consumer and foodservice public relations campaigns aimed at promoting the health benefits of turkey consumption.

SANTA ANA, CA—Automotive technology company SaviCorp, maker of the DynoValve, has named Jerry Jacobsen senior vice president, media and communications. Previously with the Fox Group and Times Mirror/Los Angeles Times, Jacobsen has overseen strategic operations within corporate communications, business development and diverse market initiatives.

DALLAS—Associa, a leader in community association management, has appointed Andrew Fortin as vice president of government and public affairs. Fortin will lead Associa's government affairs efforts and serve as liaison to allied organizations, such as the Community Associations Institute. He joins from CAI where he served as vice president of government and public affairs for six years. Earlier, he served as vice president of legal/government relations for three years and later as vice president and general counsel at the National Club Association in Washington, DC.

MINNEAPOLIS—ACA International, a trade association of third-party debt collection businesses, has promoted Mark Schiffman to vice president of public affairs. In his expanded role, he will continue to help lead ACA’s advocacy for association members and the ARM industry in the media, with public policymakers and other industry stakeholders. Before joining ACA in 2010, he spent 14 years providing strategic communications counsel to clients at Himle Horner.


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