John Orlando Promoted to CBS’ EVP of Government Affairs

Orlando has been CBS’ lead lobbyist

John Orlando has been promoted to executive vice president of Government Affairs for CBS Corporation.

Orlando will oversee over the corporation’s work in Washington, as well as with state and local governments. His promotion follows the retirement of Martin D. Franks who headed CBS’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Orlando rejoined CBS in early 2006 as senior vice president, Washington. He has also served as CBS’s lead lobbyist.

“John is one of the most respected and skilled lobbyist working in the media industry so I am thrilled to have him at the helm of our D.C. operation,” said CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. “He has been an integral part of our Washington office for years, and his guidance and counsel have been critical in navigating our efforts with the administration, government agencies, Congress and beyond. At a time when the media landscape is in constant change, having someone as knowledgeable as John is about our company and the industry is invaluable.”

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Prior to rejoining CBS, Orlando spent five years at the National Association of Broadcasters as the head of their Government Relations department. Before that, he served as vice president, Washington, for CBS, and vice president and principal at Timmons and Company, a Washington lobbying firm. He also worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years.