PHILADELPHIA—Comcast Corporation has promoted D’Arcy Rudnay (pictured), the company’s chief communications officer, from senior vice president to executive vice president. She is the first woman in the company’s history to become a corporate executive vice president. She will report jointly to Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO, and David Cohen, executive vice president. She serves as communications counsel to the executive team and leads the management of the company’s brand, reputation and strategic and financial communications to external audiences and to the company’s 139,000 employees.

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation has named Debra Goetz as senior vice president, corporate marketing and global communications, responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate brand, social business and global communications efforts in line with its strategic priorities. Goetz most recently was vice president of corporate marketing for the Gannett Company. Prior to Gannett, she served as vice president at NBCUniversal and Univision Communications, after previously managing her own consulting firm.

NEW YORK—Susan Fraysse Russ has been named senior vice president, communications at MPA—The Association of Magazine Media. Russ joins MPA from Reader’s Digest Association, where she was vice president, global communications and president, Reader’s Digest Foundation. Prior to her tenure at RDA, she served as ChaseMellon Shareholder Services’ VP and director of corporate communications and as advertising and communications manager at The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York.

BOSTON—Paul Andrew has been appointed Harvard University’s vice president for public affairs and communications. In his new role, he will take on broader responsibility for guiding the University’s work not only in communications but also in public affairs, including government and community relations, as well as the digital domain. Before joining Harvard in 2012, he served as executive vice president at Weber Shandwick and also worked at Hattaway Communications.

LOS ANGELES—Health Net, a publicly-traded managed care organization, has named Peter O’Neill vice president, investor relations and corporate communications, a new position. O’Neill previously held management positions at UnitedHealthcare of Nevada, Sierra Health Services, and WellPoint Health Networks. He will report to James Woys, Health Net’s chief financial and operating officer.