SEATTLE—The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected Kate James as its chief communications officer. James will join the foundation from Citibank, where she was senior vice president for global corporate communications. She replaces Heidi Sinclair, who left the Foundation in February to launch her own consulting firm.
James will serve as the senior communications advisor to the foundation's co-chairs and executive team. She will work closely with the foundation's global development, global health, and United States programs to help advance the organization's mission and advocacy efforts to improve education in the U.S. and combat disease and poverty in the developing world. James will also participate as a member of the foundation's management committee.
James joined Citibank in 2008 after serving as group head of public affairs at Standard Chartered Bank in London, where she managed the bank's government and corporate relations strategies and developed its corporate responsibility initiatives in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Before working in the banking industry, James worked at Glaxo SmithKline, managing external relations in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia, and Africa, and for Glaxo Wellcome.