First reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, is leaving Glover Park Group (GPG) to join the NFL as Executive Vice President of Communications.
According to Politico’s Mike Allen, GPG has been a consultant to the NFL for several years. He will join the NFL in New York after the Super Bowl. (Politico “Playbook”)
Hilton Worldwide today announced that William Margaritis will become the company’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs starting in late August, based in the company’s global headquarters in McLean, VA. Margaritis previously served for 15 years as Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Investor Relations at FedEx Corporation.
At Hilton, Margaritis will oversee internal and external communications, government relations and corporate responsibility globally. He will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide and will serve as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Margaritis comes to Hilton with 33 years of experience, having managed various facets of corporate and marketing communications, government affairs, investor relations and employee communications. At FedEx, Margaritis led the strategic repositioning and rebranding communications programs for the company through an integrated customer and employee campaign. He was also the architect of the Purple Promise, an award-winning internal cultural employee engagement multimedia initiative to create a common rallying platform for 300,000 team members across multiple operating companies around the world. Margaritis implemented innovative strategic reputation programs that helped FedEx consistently earn top-tier rank in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and Great Places to Work lists.
Prior to FedEx, he served as Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing Communications for Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia at Bechtel Corporation, based in London, UK. Previously he was the Manager for State Government Affairs for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and also served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department in the Reagan Administration. Margaritis began his career as a legislative assistant in the Michigan Senate and also served as the deputy director for the Reagan-Bush 1984 Presidential Campaign in Michigan.
He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in Business from Michigan State University and is a past chairman of the board of the Arthur W. Page Society, the professional association of chief communications officers. (Release)
Slobodien previously worked at The Heritage Foundation as Manager of Media Affairs where she led the regional communications team and crafted messaging and strategy for Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity.
She has previously served as Press Secretary to then-U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY), as Senior Media Associate at Heritage in 2010 and as Communications Manager at the National Taxpayers Foundation.
A native of Little Rock, Slobodien holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University. She is currently earning a Law Degree from The George Washington University.
Watson most recently worked as Press Assistant for the House Committee on Small Business, where she led social media efforts and contributed to graphic design and messaging under Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).
Watson moved to Washington, D.C. from Oklahoma in January 2015, she first interned for U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA). Prior to working on the Hill, her experience includes serving as Constituent Services Manager and Assistant Appointments Director for former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon. She also worked as Campaign Assistant during Shannon’s bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is a native of Ardmore, OK. (PF tipster)
Douglass will oversee communications strategy and press relations for Bloomberg Media’s global multi-platform products, including digital, print, television, video, radio, and live events.
Douglass is a veteran in the fields of communications, media, and journalism.
She served most recently as the Senior Vice President for Global Communications at Atlantic Media, where she oversaw communications strategy for such initiatives as the digital transformation of The Atlantic and the launch of Quartz.
Prior to that, Douglass worked for President Obama in various roles, including Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform and senior advisor to his 2008 presidential campaign. She has had a long career as a broadcast journalist, covering politics and government.
Douglass has worked as a journalist in Washington D.C. and, earlier, in Los Angeles. She was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News, specializing in health care and campaign finance.
She later joined ABC News, where she spent eight years as the Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, receiving the Everett Dirksen Award for Excellence in Coverage of Congress. (PF tipster)
Strategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) today announced that Nedra Pickler has joined as a Managing Director. Pickler will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.
Pickler, a veteran journalist, joins GPG after spending 17 years at The Associated Press (AP), most recently serving as a White House reporter covering the second term of the Obama Administration. Pickler previously covered the second Bush Administration. In both of those roles, she covered breaking news, questioned both presidents extensively and reported from abroad on presidential trips across five continents.
Pickler also served as federal courts reporter in Washington, DC, and covered presidential campaigns for the AP during both the 2004 and 2008 election cycles. Pickler was part of the AP team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and received several awards from the AP during her tenure, including the John L. Dougherty Award for coverage of the Ford-Firestone tire scandal, and was twice the recipient of the global Beat of the Week award for breaking news reporting. She started her career in the Michigan bureau of the AP. (PF tipster)
Traynham will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program and leading a team to ensure BPC public relations, events, media, print and digital content are all aligned with the organization’s mission and to improve its reach.
He has previously worked in the private sector for Comcast as their Washington Bureau Chief and host of a public affairs show, and for 10 years in the U.S. Senate as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and the Senate Republican Conference. He was also a senior advisor for Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.
He is a native of Yeadon, PA. He currently serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, Cheyney University and often appears on MSNBC as a political analyst. (PF tipster)
Roll Call reported that Democratic National Committee (DNC) Communications Director Mo Elleithee has left the DNC to serve as the first Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.
He was a founding partner of political consulting firms Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media, from which he’s been on leave while at the DNC. He’s also advised countless Senate and gubernatorial candidates, working extensively with Virginia Democrats
In 2012, he was a media adviser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure campaign. Six years earlier, he ran the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure effort against then-U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-VA).
He’s worked on four presidential campaigns, most recently as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 spokesman.
Georgetown feels like home for Elleithee. A proud and vocal Hoya fan, he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1994. Since 2011, he’s been an adjunct professor at McCourt, where he teaches a class on campaigns.
Elleithee is a native of Tucson, AZ. (Roll Call)
Outreach Strategies, LLC (OS), a mission-driven communications and public affairs firm focused on advancing sustainability, social and environmental solutions, has named Abby Berger as Vice President.
Berger joins OS from her role as Director in Golin’s Washington, D.C., office, where she focused on energy and corporate sustainability as part of the public affairs practice. During her five years with the global public relations firm, Berger led media, social marketing and stakeholder engagement programs for corporate and government clients including Dow and The Virginia State Corporation Commission’s energy conservation education campaign, Virginia Energy Sense.
Prior to her time at Golin, Berger managed marketing efforts as a consultant to federal agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Small Business Administration and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Berger also held on-site communications roles with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Berger earned a B.S. in Communications Studies from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. She began her career in sustainability as an intern for the London-based Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group. (PF tipster)