(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has appointed Fernando Figueredo as his Communications and External Affairs Director. Figueredo will develop community relations, media relations and public relations strategies to educate the public on the Mayor's initiatives as well as County programs and services.
"Fernando is a distinguished communications professional. His experience in developing and implementing strategic communications campaigns and in directing crisis management programs is unparalleled. I'm looking forward to the contributions he will make to my senior management team and County government," said Mayor Gimenez.
Figueredo was Chair of the Public Relations and Advertising Faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. Previously, he was a partner with Porter Novelli, a global public relations agency, and Vice President of Corporate Communications for America Online Latin America. Prior to that, he held positions with Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He began his career at BellSouth.
Figueredo holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. He served on a number of boards including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Miami Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, where he is the incoming President for 2012.