Exec named assistant director, national communications dept.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has promoted Leslie Simmons to the slot of assistant director of the national communications department.

Move’s come in the wake of Christopher de Haan ankling as the head of that department to join PR firm 42West in the strategic communications division. Simmons joined AFTRA staff in 2008 after working as a journalist.

During Simmons’ tenure at the performers’ union, AFTRA has been working on merging with the Screen Actors Guild, with a member vote expected this spring.

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