Knight Foundation Names New VP/Communications

By: E&P Staff

Marc Fest has been appointed vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami.

Fest joined the Knight Foundation in 2007 as director of communications and led the development of the foundation?s new Web site, marketing of the Knight News Challenge contest, and the recent announcement of the Knight Arts Partnership.

Prior to joining the foundation, Fest consulted Knight on online strategies. He is also president and founder of QuickBrowse.com LLC, a Web service that enables Internet users to aggregate frequently viewed Web pages into a single page for faster viewing.

In his new role, Fest leads the foundation?s strategic communications. His responsibilities include media and government relations, the foundation?s online and offline communications platforms, Web strategy and social networking, and the promotion of Knight Foundation initiatives. He will report to Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibarg?en.

?Marc Fest?s entrepreneurial talents, public relations skills and technology experience will be valuable in creating visibility for Knight?s focus on transformational change in journalism and communities,? Ibarg?en said in a statement.

Fest succeeds Larry Meyer, who becomes senior communications officer and remains secretary to the board of trustees. Meyer joined the foundation in 1995.

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