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Michelle Giuda, Weber Shandwick's senior VP-global corporate communications, is exiting her post for a State Dept. job.

She'll work as assistant secretary of state for PR, reporting to Steve Goldstein, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and PA and former senior VP at BP Global Solutions.

Giuda joined the Interpublic unit in 2013 as a corporate communications specialist after a one-year stint at GOPAC, the 527 organization which bills itself as "the premier training organization for Republican candidates in elected office on the state and local levels".

Earlier, she worked for five years for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Giuda was national deputy press secretary for his 2012 presidential run, and communications coordinator for Gingrich Communications, where she promoted the politico's books.

Kim Dixon, Weber Shandwick's director of global communications, will handle Giuda's duties. She joined WS in 2015 from digital company, PureWow.

Earlier, she held PR posts at JP Morgan, Horn Group and Bender/Helper Impact.