Kodak loses top corp comms exec as Meuchner departs

ROCHESTER, NY: Gerard Meuchner, the top corporate communications executive at Kodak, has left the embattled digital imaging company.

ROCHESTER, NY: Gerard Meuchner, the top corporate communications executive at Kodak, has left the embattled digital imaging company.

Meuchner was appointed director, communications and public affairs at Kodak in January 2006, with worldwide responsibility for internal and external communications, government affairs and executive speechwriting.

Prior to this, he was director of corporate media relations, responsible for media relations policies and counseling senior management on news media issues. In October 2006, Kodak's board elected him a corporate VP.

Chris Veronda, manager, corporate communications at Kodak, confirmed to PRWeek that Meuchner had left "for an opportunity at another company."

Meuchner's responsibilities will be divided amongst Kodak's corporate comms function. Veronda will handle external communications; Jeanne Eason and Alan Brakoniecki will oversee internal communications; while Stacey Albert, Kristin Calabrese Williams, and Alison James will cover public affairs.

Pradeep Jotwani, CMO and president of Kodak's Consumer Digital Imaging Group, thanked Meuchner for his many contributions to internal and external communications, as well as its public affairs programs.

The 131-year-old iconic company has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks as rumors swirled about it falling into possible bankruptcy, exacerbated by a story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal suggesting it had just a few weeks to raise cash from patents to survive.

Meuchner joined Kodak in June 2000 from Bloomberg News, where he was one of its founding members. During his 10 years at the financial news service, he led coverage of the US government securities market and ran the company's bureau in Boston from 1995 until 2000.

Prior to Bloomberg, Meuchner was a reporter for Thomson Financial Networks, covering the US bond markets, and a reporter and editor for the newsletter division of Institutional Investor magazine.

He belongs to The Seminar, the leading professional society of CCO of Fortune 500 companies, and serves on the board of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce.

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