Lobbying World

• Shaun Donnelly has been named vice president for investment and financial services for the United States Council for International Business. Donnelly has more than three decades of experience at the State Department, including stints as principal deputy assistant secretary for economic and business affairs and as U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka. He has worked for the National Association of Manufacturers and for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

• Ralph Neas will join the Generic Pharmaceutical Association as president and chief executive officer on Sept. 12. Neas leaves his position as president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition on Healthcare. He has also held the executive director position for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

• Stephen Schatz Sr. will move to the National Retail Federation Sept. 26 to become the senior director of media relations. Schatz currently works for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as director of media relations. He previously worked as communications director for Darren White’s congressional campaign and as deputy press secretary/public affairs specialist for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Ryan Donovan has been promoted to senior vice president of legislative affairs within the Credit Union National Association. Donovan joined CUNA in 2007 as vice president of legislative affairs. His prior experience includes director of federal government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and legislative director and chief of staff for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). Donovan also worked for then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.).

• Preeya Noronha has joined King & Spalding as counsel in the firm’s Food and Drug Administration and life sciences practice. Noronha, who was most recently at Latham & Watkins, previously worked for the Department of Health and Human Services as deputy general counsel and principal deputy general counsel and for the Justice Department as a trial attorney for the civil division.

• Roy Lessy Jr. has joined the Washington office of Foley & Lardner as partner in the antitrust practice group and energy industry team. Lessy left his position as a partner at Patton Boggs. He has worked for the National Regulatory Commission as deputy chief hearing counsel and senior antitrust counsel.