Akey to lead new DC Firestone unit

NASHVILLE, TN: Bridgestone/Firestone is opening a Washington, DC

government affairs office April 16 and has poached Edelman's Steven Akey

as division VP of government affairs to staff it.

Firestone had handled government affairs from its Nashville headquarters

in the past, but after last year's 6.5 million tire recall, decided it

needed a DC presence. 'We have developed a number of relationships with

members of Congress and the administration, and we want to continue

those,' said Jill Bratina, director of PR for Firestone.

Akey was most recently SVP and director of Edelman's transportation

policy group, and has worked as chief spokesperson for the Clinton

administration's Secretary of Transportation.

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