Fannie Mae having difficulty finding successor for John Buckley

WASHINGTON: Fannie Mae's hunt for a PR heavyweight to fill the

shoes of John Buckley, former SVP for communications who left more than

eight months ago, has suffered a setback.

A source close to the search confirmed that Chuck Greener, EVP and

general manager at Porter Novelli, was recently offered the post, but

turned it down. Greener declined comment; VP of communications Janice

Daue would say only that Greener is "not a candidate for the job at this


The job is currently one of the most sought after in Washington, DC,

requiring oversight of both the public affairs and corporate

communications functions at the 63-year-old company. Fannie Mae is a

for-profit, publicly traded government corporation, as well as the

leading buyer of single-family home mortgages in the US.

Buckley, who had held the post for a decade, is now corporate VP of

communications for AOL Time Warner. He took a leave of absence from

Fannie Mae in 1996 to serve as communications director on Bob Dole's

presidential campaign.

He has also been communications director for the National Republican

Congressional Committee, and deputy press secretary for the Reagan/Bush

1984 campaign.

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