Lobbying world

• Stephen Ward has come to Van Heuvelen Strategies to be a principal at the firm. Ward leaves his position as chief of staff to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D–N.M). Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, he worked for 10 years as director of government affairs for EDS Corp.

• Jay Perron has joined the International Franchise Association as vice president of government relations and public policy. Perron leaves IBM Corp., where he held a government programs executive position. Before that, he worked for then-House Majority Whip Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Regulation: Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief | FCC proposes 2M fine on robocaller | Yellowstone grizzly loses endangered protection Overnight Finance: Big US banks pass Fed stress tests | Senate bill repeals most ObamaCare taxes | Senate expected to pass Russian sanctions bill for second time GOP senator: 'No reason' to try to work with Dems on healthcare MORE (R-Mo.) as political director.

• Sean Smith has joined Porter Novelli as a senior vice president for the global crisis communications group within the firm. Smith leaves the Homeland Security Department, where he served as the assistant secretary for public affairs. Before that, he was a spokesman for President Obama’s campaign and the communications director for the Pennsylvania campaign efforts during the general election.

• Carl Northrop, Michael Lazarus, Andrew Morentz and Vance Schuemann on Monday opened the doors on Telecommunications Law Professionals. All four come from the Paul Hastings firm. Northrop is the managing member of the new firm and recently was chosen by his peers to be included in the Communications Law portion of 2011’s The Best Lawyers in America. Lazarus, who worked at Crowell & Moring prior to Paul Hastings, is a member of the firm along with Morentz. Schuemann, who worked at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand before Paul Hastings, is the firm’s senior public policy adviser.