GCI Health has announced three executive hires. Andrea Pellicciari joins the firm as SVP handling neurology, urology, and advocacy accounts. She comes to the firm with 15 years of experience including work with clients like Allergan and Roche Molecular Systems. Mary Kate Watkins has joined the firm as VP, focused on consumer health and beauty. And Jennifer Gordon joins as senior media specialist. She was previously a producer at CNN and a line producer at Maryland NBC station, WBAL-TV.
NBCUniversal’s Integrated Media group has announced four promotions to newly-created positions. Hilary Smith has been named SVP of comms and integrated media marketing, managing consumer and trade marketing and making her an overall strategist for the group. She’ll continue to lead comms for for iVillage, Fandango, DailyCandy, and Television Without Pity. She was previously SVP of comms for NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. Bari Komitee has been promoted from director of Women at NBCU, Integrated Media, to VP of marketing. She joined the company in 2010. Lenore Moritz is now VP of comms for Integrated Media and iVillage. She joined the company last spring from Dan Klores Communications. And Craig Coleman is now VP of partnership marketing for the group. He was previously Director of marketing for Green is Universal, Healthy at NBC, and Hispanics at NBCU.
Book publicity firm Planned Television Arts has been renamed Media Connect. Media Connect has 20 employees in New York and Washington D.C. The 50-year-old firm is part of Finn Partners. Authors and organizations including Dean Koontz, Tom Brokaw, and National Geographic have been clients of the firm since its founding in 1962.
Edelman has hired Marie Kennedy as EVP, group head of the corporate practice in the firm’s L.A. office. She’ll also be the U.S. head of DJE Science’s life science group. She was previously the director of global comms for Baxter International. She’s also served in an executive level at Amgen. Edelman L.A.’s corporate clients include Shell, Experian, and SolarReserve.
NASDAQ’s SVP of corporate communications Frank DeMaria is stepping down from his post, PRWeek reports. He joined the company from Newsweek in 2010. It’s unclear at this point who will be his successor.