NASHVILLE—Automotive brand Infiniti has named Phil O’Connor, currently director, chief marketing manager, body frame and crossover, as director, Infiniti marketing communication and media, replacing Allyson Witherspoon, who has moved to a new role with parent company Nissan in Japan. In addition, Nick Twork, currently director, Infiniti Americas corporate communications, is named general manager, Renault-Nissan Alliance innovation and technology communications.Kyle Bazemore, currently senior manager, Infiniti communications, is promoted to director, Americas corporate communications, replacing Twork.

BOISE, ID—Albertsons Companies has appointed Jonathan Mayes as senior vice president, external affairs and chief diversity officer.  Mayes will be responsible for overseeing and leading Albertsons Companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, along with the company’s government relations, sustainability and philanthropy departments. Mayes began his grocery industry career in 1991 as senior counsel at American Stores. He joined Safeway in 1994 and later named to lead public affairs, government relations, sustainability, philanthropy and diversity affairs, a role he continued to hold following the completion of the merger with Albertsons in 2015.

IRVINE, CA—Mazda North American Operations has added Tim Olson to its public relations team as program manager, public relations. Olson comes to Mazda from the powersports industry, where he spent the last decade as the public relations manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor of America. Prior to that, he spent a decade as managing editor for one of the most prominent motorcycle magazines.

PITTSBURGH—Michael Baker International, a leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, has hired Leanna Anderson  as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Anderson will serve as a member of the executive leadership team overseeing the firm's communications strategy and the integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations and marketing activities. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing, corporate communications and sales support for ServiceLink, and vice president of corporate communications at LANXESS.