Lobbying World

Smiths Group, a multinational corporation, has hired Lisa Ceglia as its vice president of government relations in its Washington office. She will focus on energy and environmental lobbying on behalf of John Crane, a division of Smiths, and work closely with the Smiths Medical division on medical device and healthcare issues. Ceglia comes from Halliburton’s lobby shop and also has experience at the American Petroleum Institute.

Mimi Simoneaux Kneuer has joined Tauzin Consultants as a principal. She has experience at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association (PhRMA), where she served as the executive vice president of external affairs and also served as the top aide to former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.).

• The U.S. Institute of Peace added Salih Booker as its vice president for external relations.  Booker most recently served as an adviser to the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

• The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is bringing on Aranthan “AJ” Jones II as the chief policy and communications officer, a new position at the organization. Jones previously served as the head of worldwide government affairs for biotech company Gilead Sciences and as the health practice chairman at Podesta Group. The foundation also announced that Gail Christopher, who serves as a senior adviser and vice president of policy at the organization, will be leading a new initiative called Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation “that will help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value.” 

 • Robert Dillon, a former senior adviser to Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) and communications director of the Senate Energy Committee, has joined consulting firm Strategies 360. He will serve as a senior vice president. 

Alston & Bird hired Theodore “Ted” Schroeder to serve as counsel in its legislative and public policy group. He most recently served as chief counsel to Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsAfter Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (D-Del.) and has also worked for former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) and at O’Melveny & Myers.