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• Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III became a partner at WilmerHale. He served as the leader of the bureau for 12 years, assuming the top position just one week before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His career includes posts at the Marine Corps and Justice Department. Mueller also has a teaching appointment at Stanford and serves as executive-in-residence for Georgetown University.
 
• The Association of Global Automakers selected John Bozzella as president and chief executive officer, beginning on April 1. He comes from Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, but has also served in posts at Chrysler and Ford Motor Co.
 

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• The Furman Group promoted Sean A. Taylor to senior vice president and head of the firm’s federal government affairs practice and hired Mallika Vastare as a federal government affairs adviser. Vastare comes from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
 
• Freedom to Marry, an organization campaigning for same-sex marriages, hired Kevin Nix to become its communications director. Before that, he served as a campaign media director for the Human Rights Campaign. He handled media relations for the Americans for Workplace Opportunity coalition, which successfully campaigned to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act through the Senate. Nix also worked at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which led the fight to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”
 
• James Meggesto joined Holland & Knight as a partner and deputy leader of the firm’s national Indian law practice group in its Washington office. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Meggesto is an enrolled tribal member of the Onondaga Nation in upstate New York.
 
• The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance named Randy Krotz as its newest chief executive officer. He most recently served as an executive director, and he originally joined the group as the vice president of development last year. He has more than 20 years of experience in agribusiness leadership and is still active on his family farm in Kansas.

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