AT&T has added Capitol Hill veteran Noah Jacobson to its policy shop.
Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel, announced on Friday that he will step down.
Vijaya Gadde will take over the top legal job for the social media company.
Macgillivray said he will scale back his day-to-day involvement with Twitter but will continue to support the company while "exploring other passions."
Victoria Espinel, the former White House intellectual property chief, will head BSA | The Software Alliance, the lobbying group announced on Wednesday.
Espinel served as the first White House intellectual property enforcement officer, a position that was established in the 2008 Pro-IP Act. She was appointed by President Obama in September 2009 and confirmed by the Senate later that year.
She stepped down earlier this month and will become the CEO and president of BSA on Sept. 3. She will succeed Robert Holleyman, the longtime head of the group who left earlier this year to launch his own cloud computing company. The group represents Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, IBM, Intel, McAfee and others.
Nu Wexler, former congressional flack and PR veteran, has taken a job at Twitter, he announced on the social platform on Friday afternoon.
“Excited to join @TwitterComms at the end of the month, to handle public policy comms out of the DC office! #jointheflock,” wrote Wexler, the vice president of public affairs at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. His departure announcement comes less than five months after joining the firm.
The Republican National Committee has tapped Chuck DeFeo to serve as its chief digital officer and deputy chief of staff, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced on Monday.
The RNC has been working to expand its digital and data strategy ahead of the upcoming midterm elections after it suffered a tough loss in the election this past November. The party is also trying to counter the massive trove of voter data and analytics that President Obama's presidential campaign amassed in 2008 and 2012.
DeFeo comes to the RNC from communications firm Edelman, where he serves as a senior vice president and led the Washington office's digital issues management and public affairs group. He has also worked on digital initiatives for previous Republican campaigns.
Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior policy counsel at The Constitution Project, is leaving the civil liberties watchdog group to serve as the executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Franklin will join the newly formed board as it reviews the government's use of surveillance law in the wake of the revelations about a pair of National Security surveillance programs that are used to collect Americans' phone records and monitor the Internet traffic of foreign targets.
"Sharon has been a delight to work with, and we will miss her terribly. At the same time we are so proud that PCLOB has recognized her talents, and the role that she can play in helping to steer it toward its designated and essential mission," said Virginia Sloan, president of The Constitution Project, in a statement.
Kimberley Harris, a White House veteran, has been named executive vice president and general counsel at NBCUniversal, the media company announced on Tuesday.
Harris comes to NBCUniversal from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she served as a partner in the firm's litigation department. Prior to that, Harris served as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to President Obama in the office of the White House counsel. She also worked as the senior counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division.
In her new role, Harris will advise the NBCUniversal senior management team and oversee the media company's law department, which handles legal matters for its various business units. Harris will also be responsible for coordinating NBCUniversal's global regulatory and legislative agenda.
The Motion Picture Association of America announced on Tuesday that it has hired Shanna Winters, a House Democratic aide, to be the senior vice president of global policy.
It is a newly created position and Winters will report to Michael O’Leary, senior executive vice president of global policy and external affairs.
Sherrese Smith, who served as chief counsel and legal adviser to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, has been named a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, the law firm announced on Monday.
Smith will join the firm's telecommunications, media and technology practice, as well as its practice on data security and privacy. She will be based in Paul Hastings's Washington office and is expected to begin her new role in August.
During her time at the FCC, Smith served as senior counsel to Genachowski and a legal adviser on media, consumer and enforcement issues. Prior to that, she was the vice president and general counsel of Washington Post Digital.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) announced a set of staff changes on the committee's communications and technology subpanel following the forthcoming departure of its chief counsel Neil Fried.
David Redl will succeed Fried as the chief counsel for the communications and technology subpanel, which is chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). Redl, a veteran of CTIA, The Wireless Association, has served as counsel on the Energy and Commerce Committee since 2011.
Meanwhile, Ray Baum has been promoted to senior policy adviser for the Energy and Commerce Committee and will be the chief strategist on state initiatives, cybersecurity, telecommunications and technology. Baum currently serves as a senior adviser for the communications and technology subpanel.