NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe announced several new appointments to its executive team, including Christine Castro as VP of communications, Neil Rothstein as VP of marketing, and Jonathan Ward as VP of strategic alliances.

Before joining 23andMe, Castro was VP of corporate relations at Genentech, chief communications officer for Yahoo!, and VP of corporate communications at The Walt Disney Company.

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