NEW YORK: MSNBC has named Rachel Racusen as VP of communications, based in New York and reporting to network president Phil Griffin. She will start in the role on December 8 and will be responsible for comms and media strategy for the cable network. Racusen has served as associate communications director at the White House since 2013, where she worked on crisis communications for the rollout of Healthcare.gov.
ATLANTA: Turner Broadcasting has promoted Sal Petruzzi to SVP and domestic communications officer. He will be based in New York, reporting to Jeff Matteson, SVP and strategic communications officer at TBS.
MADRID: Llorente & Cuenca has signed a collaboration agreement with News Comunicacion Corporativa, a strategic communications consultancy in Paraguay. The partnership is part of Llorente & Cuenca’s 2014-2016 strategic plan and will help it expand its services in Latin America.
CAMBRIDGE, MA: The Reputation Institute has named Bradley Hecht as chief research officer, leading a group of market analysts who look into reputation issues. He previously worked at CEB Iconoculture, Yankee Group, MIT, and Gartner.
SAN DIEGO: Lewis PR has launched its training academy, known as Rise. The initiative is focused on a two-week series of courses in San Diego with the goal of equipping PR pros with business, leadership, and marketing skills, the firm said in a statement. It also incorporates an art-based training technique developed jointly by the agency and London’s Chelsea College of Arts.
HUNTSVILLE, AL: The Huntsville/Madison County (Alabama) Chamber of Commerce has hired Carrie Rice as its communications director. She was previously director of marketing and communications for the city of Addison, Texas, and has served as a Capitol Hill aide, according to AL.com.