ROCKVILLE, MD— The United States Pharmacopeial Convention has named Anthony Lakavage senior vice president, global external affairs, responsible for global communications, global stakeholder engagement, US government affairs, and regulatory affairs. Most recently, Lakavage was worldwide vice president, public affairs, at Becton Dickinson & Co. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly a decade at GlaxoSmithKline, where he was vice president, global public policy.

NEW YORK—NBCUniversal has named Caley Gray to the newly created position of vice president, communications, in the NBCUniversal Content Distribution Group. Gray will report to Juliette Morris, executive vice president, partner marketing and communications, NBCUniversal. In his new role, Gray will oversee the content distribution communications strategy for a portfolio including USA Network, Bravo, CNBC, E!, MSNBC, and more. Gray joined NBCUniversal in 2013 as senior director, corporate communications.

LOS ANGELES—NATPE has appointed Matt Palmer to the newly created position of chief marketing officer, leading global strategy and creative for NATPE’s marketing, branding, digital, research, public relations and strategic planning initiatives. Palmer was previously senior vice president and general manager of Demand Media; senior vice president, marketing, Disney Channel; and VP, strategic marketing, at Discovery Communications. Most recently, he served as an independent consultant.

REDWOOD CITY, CA—Coherus BioSciences, a global biosimilars company with late-stage clinical products, has appointed Juliana Reed as vice president, government affairs. Reed has extensive experience in governmental and public affairs in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including roles with Baxter and Hospira. She has led the development and execution of the Hospira global biosimilars public policy strategy for the last 10 years, prior to the company’s acquisition by Pfizer.

WASHINGON, DC—The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, which represents investment managers, consultants, law firms, record keepers, insurance companies, and others, has hired Ted Godbout as director of communications and public relations. He will be responsible for communications and media relations strategy, including press and stakeholder outreach, website content, and social media activities. He most recently was the communications director for the ERISA Industry Committee and has held roles with the US Department of Treasury, the Senate Finance Committee, KPMG and AARP.