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December 19, 2012

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: BAE Systems, Inc., External Communications (2)

BAE SysteBAE SYstems logoms, Inc. is seeking “dynamic individuals to fill two external communications roles.”

  Director, External Communications - Services Sectors

  Director, External Communications - Products Sectors (PF tipster)

December 06, 2012

Longtime O’Malley Flack Abbruzzese Departs for RLLS

Rick AbbruzzeseThe Baltimore Sun reported that Rick Abbruzzese, Communications Director for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), is departing to work for lobbying firm Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan and Silver, LLC (RLLS).  There he will join Josh White, who managed O’Malley’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

Gov. O’Malley called Abbruzzese, “a trusted political advisor and friend to me personally, and a strong, effective advocate for the people of Maryland.”

Abbruzzese started working for O’Malley in 2003 and since then he has served as Deputy Press Secretary, Press Secretary, Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director.  (Baltimore Sun)

Hill Veteran Canipe Appointed Top Flack at TSA

LuAnn Canipe was recen Luann Canipetly appointed Assistant Administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Canipe replaces Kristen Lee, who is now working at Microsoft.

In that role, Canipe oversees all external and internal communications responsibilities across the agency, developing strategic communications initiatives that are implemented nationwide.  Canipe heads a team of public affairs professionals responsible for media relations, speech writing, graphic arts, internal and external websites, and employee communications.

Previously Canipe served on Capitol Hill as Senior Adviser and Communications Director for the congressional office of U.S. Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), also managing strategic communications for his three re-election campaigns.  Before that she served as the Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA).

Canipe began her career in communications as a broadcast journalist, which spanned 14 years and included work in five different television newsrooms including WBFF-TV in Baltimore and WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Canipe earned a B.S. in Merchandising with a double-major in Communications from Western Carolina University.  (PF tipster)

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