FRANKLIN, TN—Nissan Americas has named Dan Bedore director, product communications. Most recently Bedore was senior group manager, Social Media and regional public relations for Hyundai Motor America, where he was responsible for social media engagement and public relations for the Hyundai brand including at the Hyundai America technical center in the Detroit area. In his new role, Bedore will be responsible for leading Nissan Americas' product communications throughout North, Central and South America. He and his team will support new product launches, auto shows and major events.

TORONTO—The Canadian Olympic Committee has named Derek Kent to the newly created role of executive director, corporate and brand communications. Kent will report to chief operating and chief marketing officer Christopher Overholt and will provide overall direction, management and a strategic view for all COC communication activities, both internally and externally. He was formerly based in New York as US media relations director for Nike. He also served as head of corporate communications at Nike Canada.

SAN FRANCISCO—, a consumer financial services and news website, has named Natalia Labenskyj as its director of public relations. Labenskyj joins with more than a decade of experience leading communications and marketing teams for major news and policy organizations. Prior to joining, Labenskyj was director of communications at ABC News, where she developed and executed the public relations strategies for This Week with Christiane Amanpour and Nightline.

TROY, MI—Meritor, a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has appointed Krista Sohm as the new vice president of communications. Sohm will report directly to Mary Lehmann, senior vice president, treasury, corporate development, communications and investor relations for Meritor, and will be responsible for brand management, corporate communications, executive communications, employee communications, marketing communications, media relations, governmental affairs and community relations. Sohm joined the company in 2000 as manager of internal communications.

SANTA MONICA, CA—, a destination for online coupons and coupon codes, has added Meghan Stuyvenberg as head of public relations and community management. In her new role, Stuyvenberg maintains the brand's media exposure, coordinates opportunities for deal syndication, and develops initiatives to foster strong engagement among's online community. Prior to, Stuyvenberg was the associate director of digital at Hill & Knowlton Australia.

PHOENIX—Data center operator i/o has named Kathy Kim as vice president of corporate communications, responsible for implementing the company’s public relations strategy and communications. Prior to i/o Kim was senior director of marketing communications for JDA Software Group, and previously held positions at GCI Group and Fleishman-Hillard.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has appointed Gail Ockerbloom Freeman, a marketing executive with experience at RSA, Wellspace and Microsoft, as vice president for marketing and communications, responsible for marketing, public relations, publications, knowledge management and For the past 10 years, Freeman has been senior director of corporate marketing and senior manager of Americas enterprise marketing at RSA, the Security Division of EMC.