Microsoft hires Harkin communications director for DC-based role

Cyrul Frischmann will "focus on telling Microsoft's story to US government and public policy audiences," the company said in a statement.

WASHINGTON: Microsoft has hired Kate Cyrul Frischmann as senior PR manager, working out of the company’s innovation and policy center in Washington, DC.

Cyrul Frischmann will "focus on telling Microsoft’s story to US government and public policy audiences," the company said in a statement.

Most recently, she spent five years as communications director for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). Previously, she served as communications director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

During her time on Capitol Hill, Cyrul Frischmann managed media for Harkin’s chairmanships of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

While serving as a staffer for DeLauro, Cyrul Frischmann worked on messaging for national agriculture, food safety, and Food and Drug Administration-related issues, according to a statement from Microsoft.

Cyrul Frischmann declined further comment on the role.

Susannah Cernojevich has replaced her as Harkin’s communications director, according to a statement from his office. Previously, Cernojevich worked for the US State Department, the American Red Cross, and as press secretary for Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Microsoft said last month that it was planning to lay off 14% of its workforce; the job cuts are expected to affect the company’s PR and marketing teams.

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