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K Street Files: Grocery Group Makes a Hire From the Hill

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has added Michael Gruber as vice president of federal affairs. Gruber, who is a senior policy adviser on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will start his new job Oct. 1.

“His strong track record of building collaborative relationships on both sides of the aisle, ability to develop and execute winning legislative strategies and expertise in food, agriculture and environmental policy make him the right fit for GMA,” Pamela G. Bailey, the organization’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Our members will benefit greatly from his seasoned leadership and communications experience.”

Promotions at the Hartford

Lobbyist Jay Rosenblum has been promoted to senior vice president of government affairs at the Hartford. He replaces Matthew Kirk, who has become senior vice president of sales and distribution for the Hartford. Before he joined Hartford, Kirk served in the White House as deputy assistant for legislative affairs to President George W. Bush.

In addition, Laura Haines has been promoted to succeed Rosenblum as vice president of federal affairs.

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