PAC taps Lane after Neely heeds call to White House

WASHINGTON: Nothing in the nation's capital is safe from the impact of homeland security issues these days - not even the election of new directors at the Public Affairs Council (PAC).

WASHINGTON: Nothing in the nation's capital is safe from the impact of homeland security issues these days - not even the election of new directors at the Public Affairs Council (PAC).

Susan Neely, then-SVP for communications at the Association for American Medical Colleges, was elected last year to serve as the PAC's chairman in 2003.

But just weeks later, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge asked Neely to become his press secretary at the new White House Office of Homeland Security.

So last week, the PAC tapped Jeffrey Lane, VP for state and local government relations at Procter & Gamble, to fill her shoes in 2003.

Textron director of government affairs Gordon M. Thomas will take over in 2004.

Following traditional PAC practice, Thomas will serve this year as chairman of the board of trustees of the council's affiliate, the Foundation for Public Affairs.

Lane takes over for Ann Richardson Berkey, vice president for public affairs at San Francisco-based McKesson, a supply-management and healthcare-information technology company.

The elections took place on October 24 at the PAC's annual board of directors meeting in California. In all, 39 new directors were elected.

Margery Kraus, CEO of APCO Worldwide, was reelected as vice chairman, and Doug Pinkham was once again reelected as president.

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