PN's DeFrancis to join White House

WASHINGTON: Suzy DeFrancis, director of Porter Novelli's public affairs practice, will become the newest addition to President Bush's communications team.

WASHINGTON: Suzy DeFrancis, director of Porter Novelli's public affairs practice, will become the newest addition to President Bush's communications team.

The longtime Republican spokeswoman will take over as assistant communications director later this month. The invitation came from the last person to hold the job, Dan Bartlett, who became communications director upon Karen Hughes' departure earlier this year.

DeFrancis, who got her start answering mail in the Nixon White House, has helmed PN's public affairs practice since Chuck Greener departed for Fannie Mae last year. She will be replaced by VP Roger Lowe.

Prior to her 1999 arrival at PN, DeFrancis was deputy director of communications at the RNC. But she credits her ascension to the White House to skills she acquired in the agency world.

"While I have a background in politics and public policy, the last four or five years at Porter Novelli have really prepared me to do this job," she said.

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