Lobbying World

• Cliff L. Rothenstein has joined K&L Gates as a government affairs adviser in the firm’s Washington-based public policy practice. Rothenstein was most recently the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Policy Communications for the Federal Highway Administration. Prior to that, he was director of the Office of Underground Tanks for the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also served as deputy assistant administrator at EPA and was an aide to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

• James A. McGreevy III was promoted to senior vice president for government affairs at the American Beverage Association. McGreevy served as the vice president for state and local affairs at the trade group since 2005. Prior, he was an associate with the law firm of Larkin Hoffman in Minnesota. McGreevy has held a number of positions in Democratic campaigns. He was a lead advance person for the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign, deputy finance director for the 1998 Humphrey for Governor campaign in Minnesota and Northeast Pennsylvania field director for the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential campaign.

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• Brian Wilson has launched Right Tone Communications, a new public-relations firm. For 12 years, Wilson was a correspondent and anchor for the Fox News Channel. He was based in Washington and covered Capitol Hill and the White House. Before coming to the cable channel, Wilson anchored Fox Morning News on Washington’s Fox affiliate, WTTG. Wilson began his TV career in Amarillo, Texas, and spent time as a reporter and anchor in Mobile, Ala., before moving to Washington in 1986.

• Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corp., and Douglas R. Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., have been elected chairwoman and vice chairman, respectively, of the National Association of Manufacturers’ board of directors. Andringa sits on the President’s National Export Council and is a member of the Board of Councilors for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. She is also a director for Herman Miller Co. and a trustee for the Fuller Theological Seminary. Oberhelman has been with Caterpillar for 35 years. He currently sits on the boards of Caterpillar, Eli Lilly and Co., the World Resources Institute, the Wetlands America Trust and the Nature Conservancy’s Illinois Chapter.

• Kurt Baca has joined Covington & Burling as of counsel in the firm’s tax practice, based in Washington. His practice will focus on federal income taxes regarding financing transactions and financial instruments in the United States and overseas.