| Law & Industry Daily
Published on: Monday, March 19, 2012

Yahoo Taps Commerce Official for Lobbying Post


WASHINGTON, March 19 (LID) — Yahoo Inc. announced it has hired a top official at the U.S. Department of Commerce to oversee the company’s relations with Democrats on Capitol Hill.

April Boyd, the assistant secretary of commerce for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, will take her post at Yahoo on April 9, the company announced Thursday.

As senior director of Federal Government Affairs for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet company, Boyd will serve under Margaret Nagle, chief of Yahoo’s federal government affairs office.

Boyd serves on the Secretary of Commerce’s Executive Management Team.

Before joining the Commerce Department, Boyd served as the national press secretary for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and chief of staff for then-Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.).

Working for Tauscher, Boyd served as the top strategic advisor to the chair of the House New Democrat Coalition,

Before working on Capitol Hill, Boyd held posts at the Energy Department and the General Services Administration during the Clinton administration.

“April’s experience on Capitol Hill and within the Administration will add great strategic vision to our growing Yahoo! team. She brings with her a unique understanding of patents, Internet privacy and spectrum management — all issues that critically impact our more than 700 million users,” David Hantman, Yahoo’s vice president of global public policy, said in a statement.

Boyd is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Late last month, Yahoo rival Google Inc. announced it hired former U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to lead its policy team for the Americas.

As vice president of public policy and government relations for the Americas, the former congresswoman will direct Google’s Washington lobbying efforts.

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