The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced the appointment of Ken Johnson, a Capitol Hill veteran, as its new vice president of communications.
Johnson has previously served as head of communications for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) while he was senior advisor to the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
Rhone Resch, SEIA’s CEO and president said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ken to solar energy. We have no doubt that he will provide much-valued strategic guidance to our growing industry as we undergo a period of exciting and rapid change. Poll after poll show that solar is the most popular energy source in the US, yet many Americans are surprised to learn how affordable and reliable solar is for the average family or business owner. With his extensive experience communicating complex issues to the American public, SEIA knows that Ken will help to bring solar to the forefront as a key solution to many of the multifaceted energy and environmental issues facing the nation.”
Johnson was selected as one of the five finalists for the American PR News’ Professional of the Year for his leadership in Partnership for Prescription Assistance helping millions of uninsured and financially devastated Americans in 2009.
He has formerly served as senior advisor to the chairman and chief spokesman for the US House Select Committee on Homeland Security by developing the strategic communications plan for implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations into law.
As a deputy chief of staff and spokesman for the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Johnson undertook competences over the American economy from 2001 to 2004.
At the Energy and Commerce Committee he introduced the TREAD Act, the Do-Not-Call Act, the Can Spam Act, the Internet Freedom and Deployment Act and the Energy Policy Act of 2003.
He has more than a decade worth of experience as communications director and campaign manager at Capitol Hill.
In addition, Johnson was awarded with the title of news anchorman and political reporter for CBS-TV while he was working as news director for the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network and regional correspondent for McNeil-Lehrer News Hour on PBS.