Baker, Talotta, Franco, Hearn, Reeves, Ramachandran

Gretchen Baker Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin becomes directors of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on April 1. Baker is currently the director of museum experience at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles.

She previously served as vice president of exhibitions for Los Angeles County’s natural history museums, which include the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall, California. She began her career as a research associate at the Field Museum in Chicago and eventually assistant exhibition director. A graduate of Kenyon College, Baker studied landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Mary Anne Talotta has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She joins the Symphony of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where she has led fundraising activities since 2012, most recently as Senior Director, Individual Development and Campaign. She has more than 20 years of experience in global fundraising for large institutions in New York and Chicago. Talotta will be a member of the senior management team and lead and lead the orchestra’s development team. Talotta is from Pittsburgh and has an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BS (cum laude) from Northwestern University.

Andres Franco, the former conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is the new managing director of City of Asylum. City of Asylum is recognized worldwide as a haven and community for writers at risk. It is now in its 16th year of existence. Andrés Franco, from Medellín, Colombia, became a US citizen in 2015. He is a frequent guest conductor in the US, Europe and South America and has a degree in piano performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and a Colombia Master of Music in piano performance and conducting from Texas Christian University.

Kevin Hearn is Vice President, Enrollment Management at Robert Morris University. Most recently, he was vice president of enrollment management and strategic communications at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Previously, Hearn held leadership positions at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York and Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. He holds a degree in Political Science from Le Moyne College, a Masters in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Rhode Island College, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Tim Reeves began his job on January 1 as the first chief communications officer for the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the region’s largest philanthropy. Its job is to advance the Foundation’s mission through communication as part of its new strategic plan. He joined the foundation from Boston and Philadelphia-based advertising and public relations agency Allen & Gerritsen, where he was one of three owners and head of the public relations practice. Reeves previously served as press secretary for former Governor Tom Ridge and remains the longest-serving press secretary in the state’s history. He joined Ridge from the Post-Gazette, where he covered the government and state politics. Reeves grew up in Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg and is a graduate of Allegheny College.

Bhaskar Ramachandran is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of PPG. Ramachandran joins PPG from Jabil, an American global manufacturing service provider. There he led the development of a transformative strategy to introduce a fully cloud-based networked ecosystem to make production more efficient and cost-effective. Previous employers include Textron, Sybase, Prudential Financial and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ramachandran earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Madras University in Chennai, India, an advanced degree in information systems from the National Institute of IT in India, and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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