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• Heather K. Wingate will lead MetLife’s government-relations office in Washington, starting on Oct. 29. Wingate previously managed federal affairs for Nomura Holding America, a Japan-based multinational investment bank and holding company, where she “launched and led its global Dodd-Frank Act implementation working group.” She has also worked at Citigroup and has served in several roles in the public sector, including working as a special assistant to then-President George W. Bush.

• Ann Walker-Jenkins has become the director of federal government affairs for CVS Caremark, where she will focus on helping the company “advance its goal of developing and implementing innovative solutions to increase pharmacy healthcare access and affordability.” Before that, she worked as the associate director of federal government affairs for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and held other positions at various health-related organizations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Women’s Health.

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• Susan B. Bastress has been named a partner at Patton Boggs. She previously served as the managing partner of the firm’s office in Doha, Qatar, and has worked as a “leading adviser to American companies seeking advice on business laws in the Middle East.” Bastress will begin work in the firm’s Washington office and return to Qatar later in the year.

• Rob Epplin has become the vice president of Gephardt Government Affairs. He previously worked as the legislative director to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and as a professional staffer at the Senate Finance Committee. Epplin has worked on tax and trade issues in the office of then-Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), as an analyst at the Office of Management and Budget and as an aide in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education.

• Mike Catanzaro has been named a managing director at FTI Consulting. Before that, he served as an assistant for policy and a senior energy staffer in Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office. Catanzaro has also worked as a deputy staff director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.


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