Axios Communicators

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April 07, 2023

ūüďá Today's special Monthly Moves newsletter is 1,827 words, a 7-minute read.

1 big thing: Giovanna Falbo to lead corporate communications at American Express

Photo illustration of Giovanna Falbo with the American Express logo.

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: American Express

Giovanna Falbo has joined American Express as senior vice president of corporate communications.

Why it matters: Falbo will help promote, enhance and protect the American Express brand ‚ÄĒ something she's done previously at MasterClass and Twitter.

What she's saying: "My role will bring together teams responsible for financial communications, brand communications, social media, issues management and reputational risk, corporate sustainability as well as digital innovation."

  • "The more closely we can collaborate across all those areas, the stronger story we‚Äôll be able to tell for our colleagues, members and shareholders," Falbo told Axios.

What she's watching: How artificial intelligence will impact the way people create and consume content and the evolving social media landscape.

2. ūüíľ Corporate moves

  • KeJuan Wilkins will serve as chief communications officer at Nike.
  • Novavax promoted Silvia Taylor to chief corporate affairs & advocacy officer.
  • Natalie Choate shifted from chief communications officer to chief operating officer at The Texas Tribune.
  • Amy Wakeham has been promoted to chief communications and investor relations officer at ResMed.
  • Nickelodeon alum Jenny Wall joined VideoAmp as its first chief marketing officer.
  • Motive named Robson Grieve as chief marketing officer.
  • United Talent Agency¬†hired¬†Claudia Russo¬†as senior vice president of corporate communications.
  • Walmart alum Catherine Sanders is senior vice president, executive communications at Civic Entertainment Group.
  • Intel alum Lisa Malloy is senior vice president, communications for BAE Systems.
  • Anastasia Dellaccio is senior vice president, external affairs for the Export-Import Bank.
  • Kenya Parham is the global vice president, community & partnerships at Spill.
  • Rosemary Mercedes is the senior vice president, communications and global distribution for BBC Studios.
  • Dex Hunter-Torricke joined DeepMind as head of communications and marketing.
  • Hopelab named Juan Martinez as head of strategic communications.
  • Google alum Molly Seltzer joins Genentech as head of leadership & executive communications.
  • Laura Vallis is head of communications for JLL.
  • Aziz Nayani joined Lazard as head of communications for the asset management business in North America.
  • Airwallex appointed Stacey Zolt Hara as head of corporate affairs.
  • Mollie Starr joins Stark as vice president, communications and marketing.
  • Hera Abbasi has been appointed vice president, public policy at Mastercard.
  • Laura Pacas will lead ad communications for Snap.
  • Apple and Microsoft alum¬†Ryan James is vice president, communications at KinderCare Learning Companies.
  • Tiffany Moustakas is a news editor for LinkedIn.
  • Blake Farmer is head of content for Wellvana Health.
  • Kara Gelber has been promoted to deputy head of communications at Morning Consult.
  • Carrie Healey has been promoted to senior director, media relations and external communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • Greg Lemon is director, communications for Koch Industries.
  • The Cigna Group hired Timo Burbidge as director, communications and speechwriting.
  • Prosek Partners alum Amalia Lytle joined Techstars as director, media relations.
  • Justin O'Kelly is director, executive communications at Freshworks.
  • Twitter alum Hugo Bebbington joins Politico Europe team as first communications hire.
  • Marguerite Ward is the director of content and communications at JUST Capital.
  • Ryan Thornton was promoted to manager,¬†external affairs at Uber.
  • Gabriella Lourie was promoted¬†to director of executive communications at fintech company¬†DailyPay.
  • 1Password hired Romina Ederle as director, communications and social media.
  • Twitter alum Jennifer Santamaria joins Boardroom/ 35 Ventures as a communications consultant.
  • Jaleesa Lashay Diaz joined Netflix's multicultural publicity team.
  • Cindy Andrade is now senior manager, global brand communications at Hilton.
  • Morgan White is corporate communications manager at Vital Farms.
  • Trent Hodson has been promoted to manager, merchant communications at DoorDash.

3. ūüď£ Firm moves

4. ūüáļūüáł Government moves

Biden administration:

  • Jonathan Lovitz is director of public affairs at the U.S. Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Chris Hayden¬†is a senior spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • Rachel Thomas¬†will now serve as senior adviser for White House policy communications.
  • Kelly Scully is now an assistant White House press secretary.
  • Emma Riley joins first lady Jill Biden's communications team.

U.S. Senate:

  • Fox News alum¬†Sophia Slacik¬†is a speechwriter for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Aaron White¬†is comms director for Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.); Madeline Meeker is comms director for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); and Charyssa Parent¬†is comms director for Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.).

U.S. House of Representatives:

  • Britton Burdick¬†is comms director for the House Agriculture Committee; Nick Barley¬†is deputy communications director for the House Education and the Workforce Committee; Maggie Clemmons¬†is comms director for Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas); Paige Lindgren is comms director for Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.); Maya Valentine is comms director for Rep. Sydney Kamlager (D-Calif.); Sarah Selip is comms director for Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas); Athina Lawson is deputy comms director for the House Appropriations Committee; Jonathan Levin¬†is press secretary and digital director for Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-Fla.); Olivia Coleman¬†is press secretary for the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic; Sam Jeske is press secretary and digital manager for Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.); Madison Andrus is press secretary for Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.); and Matt Fisher is press secretary for Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.).

Of note:

  • Sam Dubke is deputy comms director and speechwriter for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-Ark.).

5. ūüēä Nonprofit and trade moves

  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named Kathryn Brown as chief communications and marketing officer.
  • Shane Dunn is Chief Advancement Officer at Rosie‚Äôs Place in Boston.
  • Amy Brink is joining the American Beverage Association as senior vice president, external affairs.
  • The Global Development Incubator promoted Stuart Symington to director, brand, marketing and communications and Meredith Husar to manager.
  • Sarah Durdaller¬†is joining the Edison Electric Institute as director of media relations.

6. ūüóě Media moves

ABC News: Carly Roman is an editor.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Leroy Chapman Jr. has been named editor-in-chief.

The Atlantic: Hanna Rosin is the host of the weekly podcast, "Radio Atlantic."

Axios: Ashley May is entertainment and real estate editor; Arika Herron joins Axios Local-Indianapolis; Chloe Gonzales is Texas editor; Kate Murphy joins Axios Local-San Diego; Shawna Chen now covers Axios Local-San Francisco; Carlie Kollath Wells joins Axios Local-New Orleans; and Juliegrace Brufke covers Capitol Hill.

BBC: Carl Nasman is a senior journalist.

Bloomberg: Joanna Ossinger is Asia markets editor; Rachel Metz will cover AI; Biz Carson is covering the intersection of money and Silicon Valley; Kayla Sharpe is joining the BGOV newsletters team; Kate Ackley will cover Congress; and Jonathan Tamari is a congressional reporter.

CNN: Krystal Hur is a markets reporter; Haley Talbot is a Capitol Hill reporter; Lauren Mensch and Chris Russell are executive producers of "CNN This Morning Bryan Mena is a business reporter.

FT: William Louch will cover private capital.

Forbes: Astrid Taran is a senior travel editor.

The Huffington Post: Taiyler Mitchell joins the breaking news team.

Jewish Insider: Josh Kraushaar is editor-in-chief and will remain as a contributor to Axios.

The Los Angeles Times: Jessica Perez is a community editor on the Latino Initiatives team.

The Messenger: Dan Wakeford will be editor-in-chief, Marty Kady will serve as politics editor, Mary Margaret will lead entertainment coverage and Dawn Kopecki is a deputy business editor.

NBC News: Matt Dixon is a senior national politics reporter, Carol Lee is managing Washington editor and Scott Bland is a senior politics editor.

The New York Times: Mia Leimkuhler will oversee cooking newsletters; Thomas Gibbons-Neff is Ukraine correspondent; Emiliano Mega joined the Mexico City bureau; Paul Sonne will cover Russia; Paul Volpe joins the politics desk; Christine Chung joins NYT Travel to cover airlines; Nicholas Nehamas is a campaign reporter covering Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis; and Madeleine Ngo is an economic policy reporter.

NPR: Michel Martin as the fourth host of "Morning Edition."

Parade Magazine: Matthew Huff is associate entertainment editor.

POLITICO: Kelly Hooper is a health care reporter; Brittany Gibson will cover House races; Jessica Meyers is deputy standards and ethics editor; Erica Orden is a legal reporter; David Siders is politics editor; Sally Goldenberg is a politics reporter covering the 2024 primary; Jen Haberkorn will cover The White House; and Joe Gould will author the Morning Defense newsletter.

Puck News: Lauren Sherman is a fashion correspondent.

Punchbowl News: Brendan Pedersen will write a newsletter on finance.

Reuters: Jaiveer Shekhawat covers finance.

Scripps News: Serena Marshall is a White House correspondent.

Variety: Alison Herman is a TV critic.

The Verge: Adi Robertson is a senior editor.

The Wall Street Journal: Isabella Simonetti covers TV and streaming.

The Washington Post: Missy Ryan is a Pentagon correspondent; Marianne LeVine¬†is a national political reporter and¬†Jes√ļs Rodr√≠guez¬†and Kara Voght are political reporters on the style desk; Christina Passariello is deputy business editor for technology and personal finance; Lauren Stevens is technology industry editor; and Alexis Sobel Fitts is technology enterprise editor.

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