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Former Ogilvy GR executive and Romney adviser joins energy company

Republican lobbyist Drew Maloney, former chief executive of lobby shop Ogilvy Government Relations and an adviser for the Romney campaign, has been named vice president of government affairs and public policy for the global oil and gas company Hess Corp.

Maloney, who started last week, is leading the company’s in-house federal, state and international lobbying operations. It is a newly created position at Hess.

Maloney left Ogilvy in the summer as part of an executive shakeup that also saw the departure of then-chairman Wayne Berman to Ogilvy’s biggest client, private equity firm Blackstone Group, and two other top lobbyists.

“I had run a lobbying company and was interested in a new challenge working inside a corporation,” Maloney said. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the energy industry. It has the underpinnings of economic growth and prosperity around the world. We will be working to promote effective government and public policy issues for the company to meet the world’s rising demand for energy supply.”

Maloney, 43, was a senior adviser to the Republican National Committee and head of legislative affairs for the Romney Readiness Project, the team that would have led the transition to the White House. He said he is no longer involved in the RNC and will be focused solely on his duties at Hess.

Hess is a longtime client of Ogilvy’s, and Maloney has been as an outside consultant for the company for several years. Ogilvy has lobbied for the company on issues including tax provisions, drilling costs and energy legislation affecting oil and gas production.

“We have worked with Drew over the years in his role at Ogilvy and are pleased to have an executive with such extensive experience lead our government relations and public policy group,” John B. Hess, chairman and chief executive of Hess Corp., said in a statement.

Catherine Ho covers lobbying at The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.
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