TechNet, the high-tech industry trade group that represents such firms as Cisco, Google and Oracle, has chose Linda Moore, a veteran White House and Capitol Hill staffer as its new president and CEO.
"Working with Silicon Valley executives, she will help drive forward the political and policy issues that matter most to the tech industry," John Chambers, Cisco's chairman and CEO, said in a statement announcing the hire. Moore is a longtime political hand, whose experience dates back to ex-Rep. Richard Gephardt's 1988 presidential run. She went on to be field director for the Democratic Leadership Council, a position that led her to working for the Clinton White House Office of Political Affairs for both terms, with a small time-out to lend a hand on the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign.
After the Clinton years, she worked for then-Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., working as his senior adviser. Along the way, she worked on then-Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential run, as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 run. She most recently hung out her own shingle, LMF Strategies.
She starts the TechNet gig on Feb. 10, taking over for Alix Burns, the acting head of the group..
Moore will also be joined by Andrea Deveau, who has been hired to be TechNet's California executive director.