SPOKANE, WA—Sterling Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation, has appointed Marty Dickinson as corporate communications executive. In her new role, she will oversee the marketing, public relations and corporate communications departments. Previously, Dickinson was the president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership and earlier vice president of both the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and Spokane Economic Development Council.

ATLANTA—Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta has promoted Sharon Cook (pictured) to vice president and director of corporate communications. Cook will serve in a cross-functional capacity overseeing marketing, public and media relations, shareholder relations, and stakeholder communications programs to support FHLBank Atlanta's primary business initiatives and key priorities. Cook joined FHLBank Atlanta in March of 2008 as the senior marketing communications manager.

MILPITAS, CA—GlobalFoundries, a full-service semiconductor foundry, has appointed Kevin Kimball as vice president of global corporate communications. Kimball will report to chief financial officer Robert Krakauer as part of the company’s executive leadership team. He will lead the strategic development of the company’s global corporate communications organization. Kimball brings more than 25 years of communications experience that includes leadership of global communications efforts at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Cadence, VLSI/Philips Semiconductors, Siemens and GE. Most recently, he managed global corporate communications at Force10 Networks.