Brussels, April, 15th, 2018. SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communications, has named Maria Chiara De Lorenzo  as the general manager of SIGNIS Services Rome. The international board of directors approved the appointment during their board meeting in Brussels on April 13.

“Ms. De Lorenzo brings expertise in public relations, digital journalism and participative leadership. The board welcomes her leadership in building SIGNIS’ capacity to meet the communciation needs of the Church in Africa, Asia and Latin America,” said Helen Osman, president of SIGNIS’ board.

De Lorenzo, born in 1976, is an Italian journalist who has worked as a press officer for non-governmental organizations, as well as cinema and television production companies. A member of the Focolare Movement, for which she has overseen its international website for a decade, she speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. She holds a master’s degree in digital journalism from the Pontifical Lateran University and a degree in communication science from the University of Siena. Her professional experience ranges from public relations and creation of communication programs, to digital content production and social media strategies.

“I look forward to the challenges of SIGNIS’ mission to create a more peaceful world through modern communications,” De Lorenzo said.

SIGNIS is a non-governmental organization with an official status under the Holy See that includes members from 100 countries. It brings together professionals in the fields of cinema, digital, journalism, media education, radio and television.