TechNet Names Brian Weiss Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

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March 31, 2014 

TechNet Names Brian Weiss Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications 

Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today announced the appointment of Brian Weiss as TechNet’s vice president, public affairs and communications.

In this newly created position, Weiss will lead TechNet’s long-term media strategy and highlight policy and political achievements to the media and TechNet’s membership.  He has 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill, corporate communications and journalism in Washington and New York City.  Most recently, Weiss served as the communications director for Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior senator from California, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Brian possesses a rare combination of senior political media experience and regional ties essential to our operation, making him a perfect fit for TechNet,” said Linda Moore, president and CEO of TechNet. “Over the years, I have witnessed his ability to execute strategic and high-impact communications. His background has provided him with a strong understanding of the policy issues and political landscape important to our membership. Brian brings a wealth of experience and is a fantastic addition to our growing team.”

TechNet membership praised the hire.

“Brian will bring new energy to the TechNet team,” said Tod Cohen, eBay’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “His communications skills and political guidance will be a great addition to the national and regional work TechNet does educating policymakers on what is important to the Tech community.”

“Brian Weiss brings to the table a deep understanding of the Washington and California policy arenas,” said Michael Timmeny, vice president, Cisco government and community relations.  “As TechNet’s senior communications advisor, Brian will foster a deeper understanding between Washington and Silicon Valley and help advance our innovation policy agenda in significant ways.  We welcome Brian to TechNet and know that he will make an immediate and meaningful impact.”

Weiss previously served in senior communications roles for Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and John Breaux of Louisiana. In between government service, he worked in New York at IMG Worldwide, the global sports management and entertainment company, and Warner Music Group, the international music content company.  He began his career in journalism as an editor at George magazine, the political and popular culture magazine founded by John Kennedy, Jr.

“It has never been more critical for the technology industry to communicate with policymakers—and vice versa—so I am excited to join TechNet, an organization with a strong 50-state program and an expanding national footprint,” said Weiss.  “I’ve operated at the intersection of Washington and Silicon Valley and look forward to working with many more innovative companies to communicate their social and economic impact and to advocate for public policies to keep that positive momentum going in the years ahead.”

TechNet continues to build its leadership team to meet the needs of its expanding federal and state programs.  In February, the organization named Linda Moore, president and CEO and Andrea Deveau, executive director of California.  In September, John Doherty joined as vice president of state policy and politics.

Tuesday, April 1 is TechNet Day, the organization’s annual CEO fly-in.  TechNet executives from 23 companies representing hundreds of thousands of employees and over $250 billion in revenues are expected in Washington D.C. to advocate for policies and initiatives to spur America’s innovation economy.

 

About TechNet:

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and Twitter at @TechNetUpdate.

For more information, please contact Brian Weiss at gro.teNhceTnull@ssieWB or 202-650-5100 or Amanda Byrd at moc.364null@dryB.adnamA or 202-350-2630.

 

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