Veteran communications director Chris Cate is moving over to Tallahassee-based public relations firm 180 Communications as the new vice president of corporate communications.
Cate, who most recently served as communications director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, brings over a decade of media and public relations experience.
“Chris’ experience working in a newsroom and as a spokesperson on high-profile and critical issues gives him the unique skillset of someone who has covered prominent stories and successfully pitched them to reporters,” said 180 Communications CEO Don Yaeger. “We’re excited for Chris to join our team and increase our ability to tell the stories of businesses, organizations and individuals that resonate with their targeted audiences.”
Cate’s career began in 2005 as a news producer and sports reporter for the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. In 2007, he started in public relations for the State of Florida, with roles as spokesperson and speechwriter for the governor of Florida. By July 2011, he became communications director for Florida’s secretary of state, and later for the state’s chief financial officer.