IBWA Announces New Vice President of Communications

Alexandria, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is pleased to announce that Christopher Hogan has joined IBWA as Vice President of Communications, effective August 29, 2011. Chris was most recently Director of Communications at the American Gas Association (AGA), where he dealt with several controversial and high profile issues. He directed AGA’s communications and online engagement operations and effectively utilized social media tools to expand key messages. “Chris has worked on national, state, and local issues and created and implemented a successful national grassroots advocacy campaign,” said Joe Doss, President and CEO of IBWA. “His experience working on behalf of a natural resource industry will serve him well as he communicates the facts about the bottled water industry to the media, consumers, legislators, regulators, and other opinion leaders.”

Chris previously worked in the communications and customer relations department of the American Petroleum Institute (API), and was a regulatory analyst at the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) on environmental, healthcare, and taxation issues. He has a B.S. degree in political science from Northeastern University, and a master of international management and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College.

He succeeds Tom Lauria, who will be leaving IBWA on September 30, 2011, to pursue writing a book on managing media relations for controversial issues.

Chris Hogan can be reached at 703.647.4609 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. In addition to FDA and state regulations, the Association requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization. Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or log onto IBWA's web site (www.bottledwater.org) for more information about bottled water and a list of members' brands. Media inquiries can be directed to IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].