IPAA hires former press secretary to head its PA efforts

WASHINGTON: The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has created a new position to lead its public affairs, and filled it with its one-time press secretary Jeff Eshelman.

WASHINGTON: The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has created a new position to lead its public affairs, and filled it with its one-time press secretary Jeff Eshelman.

Eshelman, the association's first director of public and industry affairs, served as the group's press secretary from 1994-1998. He then moved to Dittus Communications, where he managed energy and agriculture clients.

The decision to create the new position comes in the face of increased government relations and PR activity on the part of the IPAA. President Bush's energy policy continues to be a source of debate in Congress, and unease in the Mideast - particularly regarding a potential attack of Iraq - is putting renewed pressure on US sources of energy.

"Jeff's knowledge of our industry and skills in the public affairs and marketing arena will be an important asset, said IPAA President Barry Russell.

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