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November 04, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: U.S. Travel Association, Media Relations Coordinator

U.S. Travel Association logoThe U.S. Travel Association seeks an effective, creative and energetic communicator to help raise the media visibility of the $2.0 trillion travel industry.  Recently ranked Washington, D.C.'s No. 1 most effective trade and professional association in the areas of media relations, industry reputation stewardship and bipartisanship (and in the top four overall), U.S. Travel seeks staff resources who are committed to creating excellent work and contributing to a positive workplace culture.

TO APPLY: Visit here -- http://www.ustravel.org/about-us-travel/careers (PF tipster)

November 01, 2013

OFII Names Jonathan Samford as Communications Director

OFII logoThe Organization for International Investment (OFII) recently announced Jonathan Samford as its new Communications Director.

Samford brings nearly a decade of experience in the implementation of traditional and online communication strategies targeting national, state and local media.

Samford joins OFII from the office of U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR), where he served as Communications Director. Previously, Samford was Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In his new role, Samford will lead OFII’s communications efforts in advocating for global companies that invest in America, which employ 5.6 million Americans and add $736 billion annually to the U.S. economy. (PF tipster)

CNN SVP Comms Gollust adds CMO title

Allison GollustTV Newser reports:

Allison Gollust has expanded her role with CNN Worldwide, adding Chief Marketing Officer to her responsibilities. Gollust will continue as SVP of Communications, the job she’s had since March when she joined CNN, and rejoined Jeff Zucker. The two worked together at NBCUniversal, where Zucker was president.

Says Zucker, “Allison has a keen understanding of how every aspect of communications works together to tell a story – be it on the public relations side or in strategic marketing. Combining these two areas under one proven leader simply makes sense.”

Gollust takes over some of the duties of Janet Rolle, who was CNN’s CMO until May.

As CMO, Gollust will have oversight of strategic marketing, creative services and event marketing, reporting to Zucker.  (Mediabistro’s TV Newser)

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