The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has named Mary Moore Hamrick as director of its newly established Office of External Relations.The public affairs and government relations offices will now be combined under the single communications department. To head those offices, the board also announced that two new deputy directors have joined the board. Colleen Brennan will head up public affairs activities, while Kent Bonham will oversee government relations.
"Mary Moore Hamrick joined the PCAOB in Year One and has a rich understanding of the organization, its brief history, purpose and potential," said PCAOB Chairman Mark Olson, in a statement.

Hamrick, formerly the director of the board’s government relations office, will be responsible for the PCAOB’s overall external relations program, which informs and seeks feedback from investors, auditors, policymakers and other interested parties about PCAOB activities. Now in its fifth year of operation, the board is aiming to broaden its communications with investors of all types, as well as with Congress and other government representatives, the business community and the audit firms it supervises.

Hamrick joined the PCAOB in 2003, from New York Life Insurance Co., where she was vice president in charge of the Washington governmental affairs office. Previously, she was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Brennan joins the public affairs team from Washington-based financial regulatory consulting firm Promontory Financial Group, where she was director of communications. Bonham joins the government relations team from Clark & Weinstock Inc., a corporate advisory, lobbying and consulting firm in Washington.

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