API Appoints VP of Communications

The American Petroleum Institute today announced the appointment of Linda Schoumacher Rozett as the oil and natural gas trade association's new vice president of communications, effective immediately.

"Linda Rozett's experience running national communications campaigns, her track record in the association community, and her knowledge of news and media are the perfect combination for API at this time," said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. "When I joined API, I promised to put in place a team that would create a nimble and dynamic organization that would advocate our industry's interests aggressively: Linda is a key part of that team."

Rozett joins API after several years running her own media consultancy firm, FirstWord Strategies. Previously, she has served as communications director for the Friends of Fred Thompson organization, and as senior vice president of communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She got her start in Washington at ABC News, where she rose from a desk assistant at World News Tonight to the Washington editorial news producer for Good Morning America.

"I am excited by the professional opportunity ahead," Rozett said. "Few issues touch on as many of our country's challenges as energy. From job creation and economic growth, to transportation, the environment, and natural security, America relies on the oil and natural gas industry. And I am eager to join Jack Gerard in an organization that is second to none in representing its members."

Previously, Rozett worked for two other energy associations: the Edison Electric Institute, representing investor-owned electric utilities, and the Natural Gas Supply Association. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia.