ATLANTA — David B. Sandor has been named senior VP of communications and public affairs for Emory University. Sandor will oversee his division’s work work strategically through print, digital and media platforms to create awareness, understanding and support of the university and its mission. Sandor most recently served as VP for corporate communications and public affairs for Health Care Service Corporation, an independent licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Chicago.

ROCKLAND, MASS — EMD Serono, the Merck KGaA biopharmaceutical business in the US and Canada, today has named Wendy Sussman has its VP of US healthcare government & public affairs. Sussman will lead the company's government policy strategy and advocacy at the federal and state level.  Most recently, Sussman served as VP of public affairs for Novartis’s Sandoza. She succeeds Michael Ruggiero, who recently was named Merck KGaA VP of global franchise business partners.

NEW YORK — Donlin, Recano & Company, a corporate restructuring company, has hired Jennifer E. Mercer as VP and leader of its strategic communications group. Mercer will be working closely with internal corporate teams and company advisors to create strategies that effectively communicate about business transactions. Her arrival also marks an expansion of Donlin Recano’s services to include strategic communications, in response to growing client needs.