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Linda Rozett is API's communications czar

By Juliet Eilperin

The American Petroleum Institute has hired Linda Schoumacher Rozett, a D.C. communications veteran, as its new vice president of communications.

The oil and natural gas trade association, which weighs in on every major energy matter from climate change legislation to offshore drilling, has opted to bring on a Washington insider who worked on Fred Thompson's presidential campaign in the summer of 2007 and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for eight years before starting her own media consultancy firm, FirstWord Strategies.

"Linda Rozett's experience running national communications campaigns, her track record in the association community, and her knowledge of news and media are the perfect combination for API at this time," said API President Jack Gerard. "When I joined API, I promised to put in place a team that would create a nimble and dynamic organization that would advocate our industry's interests aggressively: Linda is a key part of that team."

Rozett has significant experience in the energy sector, working at the Edison Electric Institute from 1993 to 1988, and the Natural Gas Supply Association from 1998 to 1999. Before switching to public relations, she rose through the ranks of ABC News to serve as the Washington editorial news producer for Good Morning America.

In an interview, Rozett said she looked forward to getting up to speed on energy, an issue that "cuts across all sectors" of the economy and public policy. When asked what issues she might focus on, Rozett emphasized that she expected to have a full plate: "Like a campaign, everything's a top priority."

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  April 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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