Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai has recast his media team with the departure of press secretary Tina Pelkey after a nearly three-year run.
She is joining Blue Origin, the aerospace enterprise owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Pelkey will be senior manager, government affairs communication.
She joined the FCC after a more than four-year stint as senior VP at Black Rock Group, and jobs at Weber Shandwick in Brussels and DCI Group in Alexandria, VA.
Pai praised Pelkey for being "incredibly responsive both internally and externally" and for "outstanding strategic thinking and leadership. "
He has recruited Anne Veigle as deputy director of communications. She was PA director at the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Earlier, Veigle was senior VP at USTelecom, senior editor at Communications Daily, chief editor at the Office of the Trade Representative and reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Washington Times.
Pai has promoted Will Wiquist, who was deputy press secretary, to associate director of communications, and Katie Gorscak, communications director at the FCC's Connect2Health task force, to the senior communications advisor role.