EAST HANOVER, NJ — Novartis has named Tracy Furey head of US corporate communications. Furey takes on this role in addition to her current responsibilities as head, global oncology communications and patient advocacy. In this expanded role, she will become a member of the US country leadership team and will partner with US business communications leads, government & public affairs and the communications leadership team to enhance and protect the Novartis reputation in the US.

WASHINGTON — Global Automakers has named Don Stewart as the association’s first executive VP of public affairs effective March 25, 2019. Stewart previously served as the deputy chief of staff for US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In his new role, Stewart will oversee Global Automakers’ government affairs and communications activities.

SPOKANE, WA — PotlatchDeltic has appointed Anna Torma as VP, public affairs, succeeding Mark Benson who is retiring after 42 years with the company. Torma joined PotlatchDeltic as director, public affairs in April 2018, after assisting Deltic Timber with their strategic review and subsequent merger. Prior to working with Deltic, Torma served as senior VP, corporate affairs at Forestar Group.

PITTSBURGH — PPG has hired Emily Elizer as director, government affairs. Elizer will lead the company’s government affairs activities, including international and domestic public policy, political engagement, the PPG Political Action Committee (PPG PAC) and related compliance activities. Prior to joining PPG, she served as the state director for the National Rifle Association.