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Head of Beverage Group to Step Down

American Beverage Association President William L. Ball III announced his plan to resign, effective March 1.

Ball, former secretary of the Navy and President Ronald Reagan's chief lobbyist, said that at age 56 he wants to consider other opportunities in the public and private sectors after being at the trade group for 15 years.

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"It's a great industry, great people, but it's a long time in one job," Ball said.

Jim Finkelstein, executive vice president, will be acting president while the group searches for a successor to Ball.

Other Career Moves

In other comings and goings . . .

BKSH & Associates has scored two big hits: Richard Meade, chief of staff for the House Budget Committee, and Andrea King, a former top aide to then-House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.). They join as directors. King more recently was vice president of Van Scoyoc Associates.

The Jefferson Consulting Group has signed up Barry Strumpf, a senior budget analyst for then-Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.), as a vice president.

Hill veteran Levon S. Boyagian has joined the Dutko Group. Also at Dutko, Darren Willcox, a former top aide to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and Karen A. Tramontano, former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, have been promoted from senior vice president to principal.


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