WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- MWW Group (www.mww.com), one of the nation's top ten public relations firms, announced today the appointment of Neil Dhillon as senior vice president in its Washington, D.C. office. Dhillon brings more than two decades of national and international public affairs experience, including senior management roles at Financial Dynamics and Hill & Knowlton. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Government Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Clinton Administration, Chief of Staff for Rep. Bob Matsui (D-CA), and Legislative Director and Press Secretary for Rep. Beverly Byron (D-MD). At MWW Group, he joins the management team, where he will lead public affairs, issues management, crisis communications and media relations practices in the firms Washington, D.C. office. Neil will also play a senior role in lobbying and regulatory affairs for the firm's diverse range of clients. "Neil is an exceptional talent with a tremendous background in national and international public affairs and public policy. Throughout his 23-year career, he has worked closely with prime ministers, presidents and corporate CEOs of major Fortune 500 companies across the globe," said Michael W. Kempner, president and CEO of MWW Group. "Neil brings a great range of experience that includes top-level positions on both the agency and government side. I am confident that he will be an invaluable addition to our staff and a tremendous resource to our clients." Prior to joining MWW Group, Dhillon served as national director-public affairs/senior vice president at Financial Dynamics Business Communications, where he established the firm's first-ever public affairs practice. He provided strategic communications and legislative solutions to the firm's array of clients. He also worked closely with Bush Administration officials and members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, to advance client policy/legislative issues. Dhillon also served as director of public affairs and senior vice president at Hill & Knowlton International Public Relations where he helped lead an award-winning public affairs practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He managed public affairs and crisis communications for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. He led the firm's international presence in India and Africa by representing several corporations and Embassies. He was also part of the senior management team that helped the firm achieve its recognition as "Agency of the Year" for six consecutive years. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Dhillon was senior communications and policy counsel for the American Academy of Actuaries, where he directed all public policy initiatives and media relations on finance, pensions, health care, tax and trade issues. Dhillon played a key role in securing the actuarial profession positive media recognition during the Social Security debate. Previously, Dhillon was deputy assistant secretary of government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. He served as the department's chief legislative counsel before the U.S. Congress and reported directly to Transportation Secretary Federico Pena. He worked closely with Members of the House and Senate Transportation and Appropriations Committees and negotiated multiple policy directives. Dhillon played a lead role in the development of the first-ever Airline commission safety legislation and oversight of Amtrak and the Maritime Commission. Dhillon also served as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Bob Matsui (D- CA) where he provided daily counsel on tax, trade, healthcare and finance issues for his post on the Ways & Means Committee. Dhillon managed a large congressional staff in Washington and California and successfully led multiple re-election wins by large margins. Dhillon also raised several million dollars for re-election efforts and for the Democratic National Party while Rep. Matsui served as Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee. He traveled extensively with the Clinton-Gore policy team during the 1992 presidential race and later served as one of the directors of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Additionally, Dhillon acted as legislative director and speechwriter for Rep. Beverly Byron (D-MD). In this post, he served as her chief strategist before the House Armed Services Committee, where she served as the first woman to serve as a Chair of a Subcommittee in the Committee. He traveled with her to various military bases to review military personnel and military readiness. Dhillon began his career as legislative assistant under Rep. Tom Luken (D-OH) where he served as senior legislative aide on energy, environment, finance, trade, tax and defense issues. Additionally, he provided daily briefings to the Congressman on all House floor and committee (Energy & Commerce) proceedings and interacted daily with White House staff and agencies. Dhillon holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from The American University. About MWW Group This is the third consecutive year that MWW Group has been honored with the #1 ranking in the 2005 Holmes Report/Kelly & Lugbauer agency client satisfaction survey. MWW Group achieved top rankings in the categories of account leadership, strength of account team, creativity, strategy and planning, and program execution. MWW Group is one of the nation's top ten public relations agencies and is known for its results-driven approach to public relations. The agency is nationally recognized for its work in consumer marketing, corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs and government relations, technology and healthcare. Headquartered in East Rutherford, N.J., MWW Group has eight full-service offices representing national and multinational companies, including Sun Microsystems; Samsung; McDonald's; Nikon; Bally Total Fitness; Sara Lee; Deloitte & Touche; Amazon.com; FreshDirect; Trans World Entertainment; Scottish Enterprise; Verizon; CIT Group, Inc.; Oxford Health Plans; Roche; The Mills Corporation; The Palm Restaurants and many Fortune 1000 clients in the consumer, professional services and industrial sectors. MWW Group is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). For more information on MWW Group, visit www.mww.com.
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