WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet, the CEO network that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today announced the appointment of Linda Moore as president and CEO. Moore will lead the organization from Washington D.C. and oversee all federal and state programs in support of the policy priorities most important to our nation's vital technology industry.
In doing so, Moore will oversee the organization's political, policy and communications initiatives to drive the legislative landscape to make America more competitive and find solutions to the country's most pressing challenges on education, job creation, energy and the environment.
TechNet Executive Committee members praised the appointment.
"As the U.S. emerges from the Great Recession, we need strong leadership to ensure we make smart decisions for American workers," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "Linda Moore's experience in building a political consensus to find solutions America's pressing challenges is just what TechNet needs."
"Linda Moore will be a great representative for the technology industry in Washington, Silicon Valley and other important tech centers," said Oracle President and Chief Financial Officer Safra Catz. "With her broad experience on the Hill and in the White House, Linda will help TechNet keep Silicon Valley's public policy priorities at the forefront of the innovation agenda."
"I am thrilled to welcome Linda Moore to TechNet. Linda's significant experience in the White House and on Capitol Hill helps strengthen the voice of the innovation economy in Washington," said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Working with Silicon Valley executives, she will help drive forward the political and policy issues that matter most to the tech industry."
"TechNet is at its best when it puts its political weight behind solving America's challenges, whether upgrading our education system or making America more competitive," said John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "Linda Moore brings the political skills necessary to marshal the full weight of the technology community to bear with federal and state policymakers. I look forward to working with Linda and Andrea to make 2014 a successful year for the tech community and America as a whole."
Moore is a 25-year veteran of the White House, Capitol Hill, and presidential campaigns. She most recently served as founder and President of LMF Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm. She spent eight years in the Clinton White House, serving in the second term as Deputy Political Director. She served for ten years as Senior Advisor to Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, helping to establish the Senator's profile as a national leader of centrist Democrats. Moore also has served in senior positions in four presidential campaigns and at the Democratic Leadership Council. In fall of 2011, Moore was a Resident Fellow at Harvard Institute of Politics where she led a weekly seminar on the decline of centrists and the increase of polarization in both parties and its impact on policy and politics. In 2012, Moore was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and she frequently lectures on U.S. politics and governance to foreign audiences for the Department of State. Moore will assume her new duties on February 10, taking over from acting President and CEO Alix Burns who was brought in last year to manage the CEO search and transition.
"I am honored to join TechNet and its members -- visionary men and women who have changed the way people across the globe live, work and play," said Moore. I look forward to working with them to advocate for policies at the federal and state levels to ensure that America remains the high tech leader of the world and that the innovation economy continues to thrive."
In addition, TechNet announced the appointment of Andrea Deveau to serve as California executive director. Deveau joins the TechNet state team, overseen by John Doherty, TechNet's vice president of state policy & politics and general counsel. Based in Sacramento, the addition of Deveau brings critical experience in managing public policy issues for the eighth largest global economy – California.
"I am excited to join TechNet as executive director of California," said Deveau. "California has a unique position as a leader in developing policy for the technology industry, and I'm thrilled to join the incredibly talented team of individuals committed to the vision of nurturing the next generation of innovation."
Other state offices and leaders include:
New England (Boston)
Executive Dirctor: Angela O'Connor
Pacific Northwest (Seattle)
Executive Director: John Drescher
Executive Director: Geoff Wurzel
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet's members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.