Gadi Dechter, who heads APCO Worldwide's PA unit, is heading to Princeton University, where he will take on the role of VP for communications and government affairs, effective Jan. 10.
Before joining APCO in 2015, Dechter was senior adviser to the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council.
He has also served as deputy director of policy and strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, managing director of economic policy at Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Center for American Progress, and a reporter at Bloomberg.
In his new position, Dechter will provide strategic communications and federal relations advice to Princeton's president and other senior university leaders. He will also have responsibility for communicating about and advocating for the priorities of Princeton and higher education in general, and will oversee the university's Washington, D.C.-based offices of communications and government affairs.
"His expertise, leadership abilities and deep appreciation for scholarly values will make him a superb addition to the Cabinet and our community," said Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber, to whom Dechter will report.