Corporate People News in Brief (October 19, 2009)
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Corporate People News in Brief (October 19, 2009)

Google has appointed Mistique Cano as its new manager of global communications and public affairs, plus new people in new positions at Owens-Illinois, Telecentris, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Google has appointed Mistique Cano as its new manager of global communications and public affairs for its Washington, D.C., office.  Cano comes from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, where she was vice president of communications.  Previously, Cano worked at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and was press secretary for John Kerry's presidential campaign in Pennsylvania.


PERRYSBURG, OH—Container giant Owens-Illinois has named Barbara Owens has been named vice president and chief communications officer, responsible for leading O-I's communications strategy and the planning, development and implementation of external and internal communications on a global basis. She also will provide strategic counsel to the senior leadership team. Owens joins O-I from Owens Communications, her independent communications consultancy in Chicago, where she provided O-I with strategic guidance in various communications roles since 2007. During her 20 years in corporate communications, she has worked with General Motors, Bayer, Gagen MacDonald, Immuno and Baxter Healthcare.

SAN DIEGO—Telephony company TeleCentris, creator of VoxOx, has added social media and public relations executive Erik Bratt to its management team as vice president of corporate communications. He will oversee all strategic communications at TelCentris, including public relations and analyst relations and will also lead social media marketing strategy. Bratt recently worked at Microsoft, where he helped lead marketing, public relations and social media initiatives as part of Trustworthy Computing, a division created by founder Bill Gates to promote the company’s security and privacy accomplishments on a corporate-wide level. Prior to Microsoft, Bratt served as director of corporate communications at WebSideStory, a web analytics pioneer>


EAGAN, MN—Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota has named Pam Lux as vice president of internal and external communications. Lux was most recently director of public relations and internal communications and in her new role will oversee communications across the company including the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and Prevention Minnesota, an initiative resulting from the 1998 tobacco settlement.

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