Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

SAN FRANCISCO: Natalie Kerris has departed Edelman to join Oracle, six months after joining the firm as global chair of its technology sector.

Kerris said she is handling brand marketing for the company, but declined to comment further about her role at the technology corporation.

Kerris joined Edelman in March, reporting to Kym White, global director of sectors and global sector chair for health. Kerris left the firm last month.

Edelman has replaced her with 13-year agency veteran Sanjay Nair, who was previously head of U.S. tech. His prior responsibilities will be folded into his new role. Nair will report to White and oversee about 700 staffers.

"My primary responsibilities are clients, teams, and driving goals," said Nair. "We have an impressive portfolio including clients like Microsoft, HP, and Samsung. But tech also has an opportunity with health, fincomms, and auto. There are a lot of disruptors coming up in every space, so there is an opportunity for us to work with them and make sure our solutions resonate."

Kerris had a six-month stint at Twitter last year as VP of global communications, the company’s top comms position. She replaced Gabriel Stricker, who left in mid-2015, as Twitter's top comms executive.

Kerris previously served as senior director of worldwide corporate communications at Apple. She departed the Cupertino, California-based company in April 2015, less than a week after it named Steve Dowling VP of communications. Dowling had been serving as interim VP of comms after longtime Apple communications leader Katie Cotton stepped down the prior year.

Prior to joining Apple in 2001, Kerris held communications roles at Intershop, Netscape, Claris Corporation, and Frame Technology, according to her LinkedIn account.

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