ROCHESTER, NY—Eastman Kodak has named Gerard Meuchner director of communications and public affairs, giving him overall responsibility for internal and external communications, government affairs, and executive speechwriting at the imaging company.
He succeeds Michael Benard, who will retire on December 31. Benard is a vice president of the company and was named director of communications and public affairs in 1994. He joined Kodak as senior speechwriter in 1986.
Meuchner is currently director of corporate media relations. In his new position, he will report to Carl Gustin, chief marketing officer and senior vice president. He has served as Kodak’s chief spokesman since joining the company in June of 2000 and is currently responsible for media relations policies and counseling senior management on news media issues. Prior to Kodak, Meuchner spent 10 years as a reporter and editor with Bloomberg News.
David Lanzillo will succeed Meuchner. Lanzillo presently serves Kodak’s corporate media relations department as director of corporate communication initiatives. Lanzillo held a variety of communications posts at Corning before joining Kodak in 2003.