LOS ANGELES: The University of California, Los Angeles, has hired Mary Osako as the first vice chancellor in charge of its new strategic communications division.
Osako, a UCLA alum, is set to start in the role on September 23, reporting to UCLA chancellor Gene Block and overseeing about 100 employees.
The school chose Osako after completing a national search for an executive to run the division, which was previously in UCLA’s external affairs division, the university said in a statement.
Osako will be responsible for marketing, media relations, executive communications, public outreach and special events and protocol.
Previously, she was partner and COO at Haven Tower Group, a Santa Monica, California-based strategic communications agency; head of global corporate communications at Amazon; and VP of corporate, international and public policy comms at Yahoo. In 2015, she was named to PRWeek’s Innovation 50 while serving as SVP of global communications at Activision Blizzard.