Business People: Feb., 5-11, 2014

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Horne joins Dover Downs board

Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. announced that the board of directors of the company, at its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, appointed its Senior Vice President – Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Timothy R. Horne, as a Director of the Company, filling an existing vacancy on the Board of Directors.  Horne will serve as a Class II Director with a term expiring in 2016.

Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. Chairman, Henry B. Tippie stated, “Tim Horne has served as our Chief Financial Officer since we became a publicly traded company in 2002. We are pleased to welcome Tim to the Board and are secure in the knowledge that we are adding a seasoned professional with first-hand knowledge of all facets of our organization.”

DeSalva named DuPont corporate communications head

DuPont  named AnnaMaria DeSalva as Vice President of Corporate Communications. In the newly established role, DeSalva, 45, will be responsible for leading, developing and executing the company’s strategic communications and brand management around the world.

“AnnaMaria’s demonstrated experience in science and technology and leadership in communications is an ideal fit for DuPont’s market-driven science,” said DuPont Senior Vice President James C. Collins, Jr.  “Her expertise in working inclusively with stakeholders makes her ideally suited to lead DuPont’s communications and branding efforts.

AnnaMaria will play a significant role in advancing DuPont’s positioning as the company continues to create sustainable solutions that help solve the pressing challenges facing the world.”

Possessing a diverse technology-based background, DeSalva has more than 20 years of experience in science-related communications and branding, including a variety of progressive leadership positions with Pfizer, Hill & Knowlton, GCI Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Most recently, DeSalva has served as vice president, Corporate Affairs – Biopharma Innovation & Outcomes, at Pfizer where she has been responsible for leading science, medicine, portfolio and strategy corporate affairs.

River & Bay names marketing director 

Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced the selection of Rhona M. Bronson of Ventnor, N.J.  as the agency’s new Director of Marketing.

Bronson officially began her duties on January 21. Functioning as the chief marketing officer for the agency, Bronson will be responsible for establishing and implementing the Authority’s overall marketing strategy, facilitating sales growth and overseeing all agency marketing activities, especially at the Cape May Lewes Ferry.

“I appreciate and value executive management’s faith in my ability to handle the many responsibilities as its Director of Marketing,” Bronson said.  “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to gain valuable experience in branding, market research, digital media, program development and integrated marketing campaigns.   Working together with the entire DRBA team, we plan to create business opportunities that promote tourism and travel on both sides of the Delaware River and Bay.”

Bronson added, “Years ago, I was married on the Binghamton Ferry in Edgewater, N.J.  so I have a special connection to Ferries.  It’s exciting to join a dynamic organization providing efficient ferry, bridge and air transportation services that create unique, enjoyable and memorable travel experiences.”

Prior to joining the Authority,  Bronson served as the Director of Marketing for the past three years at the Press of Atlantic City Media Group in Pleasantville, N.J.  In this role, she was a key member of the senior leadership team responsible for developing strategic initiatives including new digital, advertising and audience growth initiatives.

In the mid-2000s,   Bronson worked as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the NAPL Network then based in Paramus, N.J. While at the national non-profit trade association, she was responsible for all marketing efforts, including trade shows, board presentations, webinars, social media management, consulting and marketing communications. Previously,  Bronson was the Marketing Director for the North Jersey Media Group, publishers of The Record and Herald News.

Rossi heading  back to AAA

Gov.  Jack Markell announced that his director of communications, Catherine L. Rossi, is  leaving his administration to return to the private sector to assume the role of vice-president of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.  Rossi worked for the organization from 2004-2010 before joining the Governor’s staff.

Since joining the administration in February of 2010, Rossi has served as the Governor’s spokesperson and communications advisor, managing communications and relations with the news media.

Before joining the Governor’s staff, Rossi worked for six years in public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic and prior to that, served for seven years as Director of Communications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

She spent a long career in radio and television news, including at Fox News in Philadelphia and at First State News/Channel-2 in Delaware, where many people knew her as “Cathy Matusiak.”

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