STAMFORD, CT: Pitney Bowes has hired former CA Technologies communications chief Bill Hughes as its CCO.
He is reporting to Abby Kohnstamm, EVP and CMO, and serving as a member of the company's executive management team. Hughes is based at Pitney Bowes' Stamford, CT, headquarters for the newly created role. His first day in the position was Tuesday.
Hughes said it is both an opportunity and a challenge to help Pitney Bowes tell its story of transition from legacy technologies to new innovations.
“What this company has been doing over the past 10 years has been changing [from older technologies] and moving forward, and that's a great opportunity for people like me to come in and help them talk about that,” he said. Hughes added that “the starting point is to make sure people know everything Pitney has been doing over the past few years.”
He explained that another goal for the position is to pull together the communications function from across business units.
At IT management software company CA Technologies, Hughes directed employee and executive communications, media relations, community relations, CSR, government relations, digital, and social media programs.
He joined the company in 2006 after serving as VP for global communications and public affairs at IMS Health, a market information company for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Previously, he held a number of senior executive roles at IBM, including VP of corporate media relations. Hughes also served as VP of communications for Tokyo-based IBM Asia-Pacific.
Also on Tuesday, CA Technologies named Lauren Flaherty EVP and CMO, effective August 1. She will oversee communications and PR as part of her responsibilities, with Dan Kaferle, SVP of corporate communications, reporting directly to her.
Previously, Hughes held roles at agencies Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick in Los Angeles and Miller Communications in Boston.
For the first quarter of the year, Pitney Bowes earned a profit of $67.5 million, down from $158.7 million in the previous year. Its revenue was down 4.4% to $1.2 billion.