State Street Corp., the $10 billion Boston investment management company, appointed Valerie Haertel senior vice president of investor relations. She succeeds Kelley MacDonald, who is retiring after more than a decade in the position. Haertel joins State Street from Medco Health Solutions, where she served as vice president of investor relations. Previously she held positions at Alliance Bernstein, RCN Corp. and NASDAQ.

Gannett Co., the $5.2 billion media and marketing company that publishes USA Today, appointed Victoria Harker CFO effective July 23. Harker will replace Paul Saleh, 55, who left in May to become CFO and vice president at Computer Sciences Corp. Harker, 47, previously served as CFO and president of global business services at AES Corp., a global power company. Earlier, she was treasurer and acting CFO at MCI.

Sony Corp. of America, the $4 billion New York-based subsidiary of Sony Corp., named Steven Kober CFO and executive vice president effective June 27. He succeeds Robert Wiesenthal, who was named president, international, at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Kober, 57, currently serves as SCA's vice president of finance. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining SCA as assistant controller in 1989.

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