People News in Brief (January 8, 2007)
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People News in Brief (January 8, 2007)

Arley Baker has been named director of public relations and legislative affairs at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s leading container port. Baker joined the Port in July 2004, under temporary appointment, overseeing the Port’s communications group.

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SAN PEDRO, CA—Arley Baker has been named director of public relations and legislative affairs at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s leading container port. Baker joined the Port in July 2004, under temporary appointment, overseeing the Port’s communications group, which includes media relations, community relations, corporate communications, advertising, and in-house production services. Prior to his arrival at the Port, Baker served as vice president of the corporate-consumer practice at Rogers & Cowan. Between 1998 and 2002, he served as media relations manager and later director of corporate communications for EarthLink.

HAYWARD, CA—Kosan Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on anti-cancer agents, has appointed Jane Green as vice president of corporate communications, responsible for the company’s external and internal communications programs, including investor relations, public relations, and communications strategy.  Green joins Kosan from JMG Communications, a strategic communications consulting practice. Previously, she served as vice president, corporate communications at Dynavax Technologies Corporation and, before that, at Exelixis, and earlier held senior positions in communications with Caliper Life Sciences and Isis Pharmaceuticals.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Widmeyer Communications has hired Nora Grannell as assistant vice president in the firm’s PreK-12 practice. Before joining Widmeyer, Grannell was a senior account supervisor at Hill & Knowlton, where she worked on a wide range of issues, from technology and trade to energy, commerce, tax and the environment. Earlier, she worked on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. 

KANSAS CITY, MO—The Kansas City Royals baseball franchise has named Mike Swanson vice president of communications and broadcasting. Swanson will report to senior vice president of business operations Kevin Uhlich and will oversee the club’s media relations and broadcasting departments as well as Royals alumni. Swanson has served 28 years in Major League baseball, the past nine with the Arizona Diamonbacks, where he was senior director of public relations.

CHARLOTTE—The Continental Tire North America PLT replacement sales and marketing group has named Dana Zamalloa manager of public relations and communications. Zamalloa joins CTNA with nine years of advertising and public relations experience, most recently serving as senior marketing communications manager with Toyo Tire. She will report to Travis Roffler, director of marketing for the PLT replacement group.

MINNEAPOLIS—Exponent Public Relations and Colle+McVoy have hired Chris Henderson as interactive creative director for the firm. He joins from Olson, where he was executive creative director and spent the last seven years building its interactive department and developing award-winning work. 

RICHMOND—Dominion, one the nation’s largest energy providers, has promoted Eva Teig Hardy to executive vice president of external affairs and corporate communications. She previously was senior vice president of external affairs and SAN PEDRO, CA—Arley Baker has been named director of public relations and legislative affairs at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s leading container port. Baker joined the Port in July 2004, under temporary appointment, overseeing the Port’s communications group, which includes media relations, community relations, corporate communications, advertising, and in-house production services. Prior to his arrival at the Port, Baker served as vice president of the corporate-consumer practice at Rogers & Cowan. Between 1998 and 2002, he served as media relations manager and later director of corporate communications for EarthLink.

HAYWARD, CA—Kosan Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on anti-cancer agents, has appointed Jane Green as vice president of corporate communications, responsible for the company’s external and internal communications programs, including investor relations, public relations, and communications strategy.  Green joins Kosan from JMG Communications, a strategic communications consulting practice. Previously, she served as vice president, corporate communications at Dynavax Technologies Corporation and, before that, at Exelixis, and earlier held senior positions in communications with Caliper Life Sciences and Isis Pharmaceuticals.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Widmeyer Communications has hired Nora Grannell as assistant vice president in the firm’s PreK-12 practice. Before joining Widmeyer, Grannell was a senior account supervisor at Hill & Knowlton, where she worked on a wide range of issues, from technology and trade to energy, commerce, tax and the environment. Earlier, she worked on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. 

KANSAS CITY, MO—The Kansas City Royals baseball franchise has named Mike Swanson vice president of communications and broadcasting. Swanson will report to senior vice president of business operations Kevin Uhlich and will oversee the club’s media relations and broadcasting departments as well as Royals alumni. Swanson has served 28 years in Major League baseball, the past nine with the Arizona Diamonbacks, where he was senior director of public relations.

CHARLOTTE—The Continental Tire North America PLT replacement sales and marketing group has named Dana Zamalloa manager of public relations and communications. Zamalloa joins CTNA with nine years of advertising and public relations experience, most recently serving as senior marketing communications manager with Toyo Tire. She will report to Travis Roffler, director of marketing for the PLT replacement group.

MINNEAPOLIS—Exponent Public Relations and Colle+McVoy have hired Chris Henderson as interactive creative director for the firm. He joins from Olson, where he was executive creative director and spent the last seven years building its interactive department and developing award-winning work. 

RICHMOND—Dominion, one the nation’s largest energy providers, has promoted Eva Teig Hardy to executive vice president of external affairs and corporate communications. She previously was senior vice president of external affairs and corporate communications. She will continue to report to president and CEO Thomas Farrell and is the first woman to rise to the position of executive vice president at Dominion.
  Hardy joined Dominion in January 1990. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in local and state government. She served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles.

DALLAS—Earth Biofuels has named Thomas Foltz as vice president of public affairs. Foltz will communicate and lobby for Earth Biofuels’ mission of making quality renewable fuels widely available throughout the country and will act as a spokesperson for the company.  Foltz previously served as co-director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Cities program. He has also been an informal adviser to the campaign of Arkansas Governor Elect Mike Beebe, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Richard Bell and the Arkansas Legislature on biofuel policy.
corporate communications. She will continue to report to president and CEO Thomas Farrell and is the first woman to rise to the position of executive vice president at Dominion.
  Hardy joined Dominion in January 1990. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in local and state government. She served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles.

DALLAS—Earth Biofuels has named Thomas Foltz as vice president of public affairs. Foltz will communicate and lobby for Earth Biofuels’ mission of making quality renewable fuels widely available throughout the country and will act as a spokesperson for the company.  Foltz previously served as co-director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Cities program. He has also been an informal adviser to the campaign of Arkansas Governor Elect Mike Beebe, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Richard Bell and the Arkansas Legislature on biofuel policy.

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