MIAMI — Univision has appointed Beatriz Pedrosa-Guanche as senior VP of corporate communications based in Miami. Pedrosa-Guanche will lead Univision’s corporate, financial and internal communications and handle its media, government and community relations efforts. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications having served in several senior positions at Apple Inc., Burson-Marsteller, Brazil Telecom of America and Verso Technologies. Separately, Rosemary Mercedes has resigned as the Spanish language broadcaster’s chief communications officer after 15 years with the company.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post has named Kristine Coratti Kelly the company’s first chief communications officer and Shani George as VP of communications, reflecting the increased role the communications team is playing in The Post’s national and global expansion. Coratti has spent more than 12 years with The Post, most recently serving as VP of communications and general manager of Washington Post live. George, who reports to Coratti, manages the day-to-day PR operation, including media relations and talent development and oversees multi-faceted media campaigns for corporate and newsroom initiatives. She is a 16-year veteran of The Post, most recently serving as director of communications.

SANTA MONICA, CA — Frances F. Townsend has joined Activision Blizzard as the executive VP for corporate affairs and has been appointed by the board of directors to serve as corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. She will also oversee government affairs, public policy, and communications among other corporate functions. Townsend joins after a decade with MacAndrews & Forbes as vice chairman & general counsel. Previously she worked in the George W. Bush White House as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.