By The Hill Staff - 01/14/14 06:03 PM EST
• Carol Browner, the former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has become a commissioner at the Global Ocean Commission, an independent panel of international policy leaders. She replaces John Podesta, who left for a post in the White House.
• David Strickland, who resigned his post as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last month, is heading to become a partner in Venable’s Washington office. He worked as NHTSA administrator since 2010 and, before that, spent eight years as senior counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
• The Organic Trade Association appointed Laura Batcha as its executive director and chief executive. She has been working at the organization for six years, most recently serving as the organic food trade group’s executive vice president and interim co-executive director. She also leads the organization’s political action committee.
• The Federation of American Hospitals created a new position and promoted one of its own, Steven Speil, to fill it. Speil, who has been with the organization since 1997, has become the executive vice president of health finance and policy, after spending time tackling hospital payment policy issues for the group
• Ricky Diaz is going to FP1 Strategies to become a vice president at the firm in February, leaving his post as the communications director to North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, he worked as press secretary for Republican Pat McCrory’s successful North Carolina gubernatorial bid. He also worked for Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and on the 2010 campaign of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
• American Defense International hired Todd Harmer as vice president of business development and government relations. He is coming from the office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), where he served as a military legislative assistant. He also spent more than 25 years in the Air Force, where he earned the rank of colonel.