TORONTO—Kinross Gold Corporation, a Canadian gold mining company, has named James Crossland as senior vice president, government relations and corporate affairs. Crossland is based in Toronto and has overall responsibility for Kinross’ communications, government relations, public affairs and corporate social responsibility activities. Crossland joins Kinross with 20 years of experience and has served as a senior executive at several international communications groups. Most recently, he was executive vice president at the Cossette Communication Group.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Widmeyer Communications has appointed Emily Roper as account manager. Before joining Widmeyer, Roper served as deputy press secretary for United States Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) where she developed and coordinated local, state and national media campaigns on a variety of issues including renewable energy, stem cell research and rural health care initiatives. Prior to her work with Senator Coleman, Roper served as the assistant director of communications for the American Tort Reform Association.
DETROIT—Airfoil Public Relations has expanded its automotive and manufacturing and business-to-business groups with two new hires: Rich Donley, who joins as account director from Bianchi Public Relations, and Amy Bryson, account supervisor. Airfoil has also promoted Ried Artis from senior account executive to account supervisor.
CHICAGO—Lawren Markle, media relations manager for the technology-focused PR agency Tech Image, s been appointed to represent the California cities of Altadena and La Crescenta for a two-year term on the Advisory Committee of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. SMMC is dedicated to preserving natural lands, hiking trails and wildlife corridors in the Southern California mountain ranges.