Holmes Report 22 May 2016 // 10:39AM GMT
TORRANCE, CA—American Honda has named James Jenkins, previously manager of product planning for Honda light trucks, as manager of Honda brand PR, replacing Robyn Eagles who has moved to a new position responsible for vehicle launch planning. Matt Sloustcher, previously with the corporate affairs and communications division, is now manager of Acura brand PR, replacing Jessica Fini who is taking a role in Acura digital marketing. Chris Martin, previously in charge of Western regional media relations for Honda, is now regulatory, legal and technology communications manager. Davis Adams, previously assistant manager, Honda brand PR, is now in charge of Western regional media relations. Carl Pulley, previously cross brands technical PR, is now assistant manager, Honda brand PR. And Kathy Graham joins Honda as Southeast regional public relations manager, based in Alpharetta, Ga.
WASHINGTON, DC—The Motion Picture Association of America has named Matt Bennett as executive vice president for corporate communications, replacing Laura Nichols, who departed in February for a similar role at National Geographic Partners. Bennett previously served as senior vice president and DC practice lead for Racepoint Global, leading the agency’s public affairs work. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of communications and public affairs at PhRMA.
NEW YORK—Kate Bartle, former communications director for fashion brand Michael Kors, has joined Ralph Lauren as senior director, global fashion public relations and communications. She reports to Florinka Pesenti, vice president of public relations, luxury collections. Prior to her role at Michael Kors, Bartle was global communications director for Belstaff, and before that communications director for Diane von Furstenberg.
MINNEAPOLIS—Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has hired Brett Weinberg as director of external communications, responsible for executing public relations strategies that support the company’s market position and providing strategic counsel to executive leadership. He reports to vice president of corporate communications Paul Kelash. Prior to joining Allianz Life, Weinberg was senior vice president of public relations for LPL Financial in Charlotte, NC.
MAUI—The Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau has appointed Carol Clark as director of public relations.Clark most recently served as communications director for the Maui Region of the Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. She will be responsible for promoting and sustaining Maui as a leisure and business travel destination.