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Two new leaders named to Florida job creation agency

Florida DEO
Posted at 3:47 PM, Dec 31, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida agency tasked with creating jobs throughout the state has a new Chief of Staff and a new Chief Communications Officer.

Chad Poppell will be the Department of Economic Opportunity's Chief of Staff and Monica Russell has been named Chief Communications Officer.

Jesse Panuccio, the newly appointed DEO Executive Director said, “Chad brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in government operations and management. Monica has a valuable background in both private - and public - sector communications. I am thrilled that both have agreed to join the DEO team. With these additions, the management team is eager and ready to fulfill its mission of creating more jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”

Poppell has more than a decade of experience in government administration. He most recently served as the Director of Employee Services at JEA, a municipally owned electric, water, and sewer provider in Jacksonville, and prior to that was the Chief of Human Resources for the City of Jacksonville.

Russell, a graduate of the University of Florida, was most recently a partner with the Tallahassee-based consulting firm North Public Relations. She has more than 7 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, and previously worked at the Agency for Workforce Innovation prior to it becoming DEO.

Monica will begin her new role at DEO on January 8, and Chad will begin on January 14.