Ketchum recruits Jackson to direct public affairs unit

WASHINGTON: Ketchum filled a two-year vacancy last week by tapping Al Jackson, a veteran of two healthcare associations, to manage the day-to-day operations of its public affairs practice - a recognition of the increasing importance of healthcare issues in the Washington market.

WASHINGTON: Ketchum filled a two-year vacancy last week by tapping Al Jackson, a veteran of two healthcare associations, to manage the day-to-day operations of its public affairs practice - a recognition of the increasing importance of healthcare issues in the Washington market.

Former congresswoman Susan Molinari took over as president of the practice last year, two years after she was appointed president of Ketchum's lobbying arm, The Washington Group. But the practice has been without direct oversight since Anne Forristall left for lobbying shop McClure, Gerard & Neuenschwander in October 2002.

"It's not productive for me to even think I could engage in the day-to-day management of Ketchum public affairs and The Washington Group," said Molinari. "We need someone there who can really channel [the practice's] resources."

Jackson is a former VP of political affairs and grassroots advocacy at the American Hospital Association and former director of the American Medical Association's political action division.

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