- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2009


GolinHarris Public Affairs named Matt Bennett and Mike Schmidt vice presidents of the D.C. public relations agency.

Mr. Bennett has worked for GolinHarris for a year and has nearly a decade of public-affairs consulting and nonprofit advocacy experience in the District. Before joining GolinHarris, he worked as a senior consultant at Issue Dynamics Inc., a D.C. public-affairs firm.

Mr. Schmidt joined GolinHarris in May 2007 after nearly a decade covering energy and the environment for the Financial Times Group and McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc., where he was a managing editor.


David N. Weidman, chairman and chief executive officer of Dallas chemical company Celanese Corp., was named chairman of the American Chemistry Society’s board of directors.


Jack A. Garson, a founder of Bethesda law firm Garson Claxton LLC, was appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board of directors. Mr. Garson will serve on the board’s legal, finance, planning and construction and strategic-development committees.

Kenneth L. Wainstein, former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and homeland-security adviser to former President George W. Bush, joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as a partner in the law firm’s D.C. office. Mr. Wainstein will be a member of the firm’s white-collar-defense and corporate-investigations practice.

Robert B. Murphy joined Dykema Gossett PLLC as a counselor in its D.C. office and a member of its corporate finance practice group. Mr. Murphy was a partner in the corporate and securities practice of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University.


Michelle Jaconi joined CNN Worldwide as executive producer of the cable network’s “State of the Union With John King” show. Previously, Ms. Jaconi worked as a producer and a political analyst for NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Deloitte Consulting LLP of Washington hired Paul Vogel as director of federal government services. Mr. Vogel spent nearly 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service, most recently as managing director of global business.

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