The American Institute of CPAs named Mark Gardner Peterson to the post of vice president of government affairs. In his new role, Peterson will oversee key lobbying efforts on behalf of the institute. He will report to James A. O'Malley, senior vice president of public affairs and head of the AICPA's Washington office. Prior to joining the AICPA, Peterson served as vice president with the Alpine Group -- a lobbing and government consulting concern -- and as a government affairs executive for former Big Five firm Andersen and for Toyota Motors North America. From 1992 though 1999, Peterson worked in the House Republican leadership in several capacities, including special assistant to then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.In that capacity, he coordinated high-level projects and communications with GOP lawmakers.

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