NEW YORK—Information services giant The McGraw-Hill Companies has appointed D. Edward (Ted) Smyth as executive vice president, corporate affairs and executive assistant to the chairman, president and chief executive officer. He succeeds David Stafford who will rejoin the corporation's legal department as vice president and associate general counsel.
Smyth will be responsible for the marketing, communications, government affairs and community relations activities of the corporation and also will advise the chairman on matters involving the board of directors and the management and operation of the corporation.
Smyth has 36 years of experience in the public and private sector, both as a senior Irish diplomat and, subsequently, as chief administrative officer and senior vice president at the H.J. Heinz Company where he was responsible for human resources, corporate and government affairs. Smyth was also chairman of Heinz's global communications council, and a member of the office of the chairman.
A native of Ireland, Smyth had previously served in embassies in Switzerland, Portugal, the United States and Great Britain.