Standard Insurance Company, a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, has appointed Katherine Durham as vice president of marketing and communications to lead the corporate marketing and communications team. She will be responsible for corporate-wide marketing strategy and services, corporate communications and e-business.

Greg Ness, president and CEO of Standard, said: “Katherine stood out because of her experience, strong professional background and shared values with our company. She brings a broad and impressive array of skills related to marketing strategies, brand management and communication.”

Most recently, Ms Durham served as vice president of marketing for Hewlett-Packard’s Americas imaging and printing group. During nine years at HP, she moved into roles of increasing responsibility in a variety of functions including business planning, market insight, communications and operations.