People in the News (2/23/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/23/14): Appointments and Promotions

The has hired CHARLOTTE HUBBERT as a program investment officer on its PRI team, . Formerly vice president at H.I.G BioVentures and an associate at biotech startup incubator company Accelerator, Hubbert did postdoctoral research on stem cells at Robert Moon's University of Washington lab and is the second biotech venture capitalist, after Bob More, to join the foundation in the past year. "I am excited to work with Bob More and the Program Related Investments team to apply the principles and rigor of venture capital investing to support the Gates Foundation initiatives in Global Health," Hubbert said. "I believe this is a unique and unprecedented opportunity to support the best and brightest entrepreneurs in our community to tackle the diseases and issues that impact the poorest in the world. While [the foundation has] a mission of singular dedication, I see great potential for synergy with issues relevant to biotech globally. I look forward to continuing to work within the venture community to identify great ideas and entrepreneurs, and build great companies in support of these goals."

The has announced the appointment of JULIAN KESNER as director of communications. Kesner, most recently vice president of communications and media relations at the Colorado Hospital Association, previously managed public relations for the Nurse-Family Partnership's national service office, spent several years as senior health editor at Prevention magazine, and was a health and medical features writer for the New York Daily News.

The has announced the appointment of LOURDES LOPEZ to its board. Lopez, the first artist to serve as a trustee of the foundation, is artistic director of Miami City Ballet, chairs the Miami City Ballet School, and directs Morphoses, a New York-based dance company she co-founded in 2007. Previously, Lopez served as executive director of the George Balanchine Foundation, co-founded the Cuban Artists Fund, and was a cultural arts reporter for WNBC-TV in New York. Earlier, she served on the dance faculty at Barnard College and was a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. As a child, Lopez received a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet as part of an effort supported by the Ford Foundation to expand opportunities for arts participation and strengthen America's leading cultural anchors. She then joined the corps de ballet of the New York City Ballet at sixteen and was eventually promoted to soloist and principal dancer.

The has named ANDY SMITH as executive director, effective April 15. Smith, who has served as the company's director of corporate philanthropy for the past six years, will be the foundation's point of contact for all TI and TI Foundation arts and community grants. Earlier, he served in media relations and marketing communications roles at the company, which he joined in 1997. Previously, Smith was a public relations and development director for several nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as a board member and leader with several community, arts, and education nonprofits in north Texas. Smith will succeed ANN POMYKAL, who has led the foundation for ten years and will continue to serve it as major education grants director.

In other news, TRAVIS JACKSON has been selected as executive director of the , reports. Jackson, who helped create the foundation in 2005, retired at the end of January after thirty-two years as director of USDA Rural Development-WV. He will succeed the foundation's first and only executive director, GAIL CATRON, who will retire on March 1. 

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