Press Release: July 31, 2012

HP Appoints Maria Cino Head of Government Relations for Americas

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced it has appointed Maria Cino vice president for Americas and U.S. Government Relations, effective Aug. 1.

Cino will be based in Washington, D.C., and will report to Gregg Melinson, vice president, global Government Relations.

Cino will oversee HP’s relationships with governments throughout the Americas, working closely with other companies, associations and coalitions on issues of mutual interest. She also will manage HP political programs in the United States, including overseeing the HP political action committee.

“Maria has a keen understanding of the policy issues impacting HP and a world-class ability to work successfully with diverse groups to achieve common goals,” said Melinson. “Her appointment is an important reaffirmation of HP’s commitment to Washington and our business across the Americas.”

Cino joins HP from Pfizer, where she was vice president, Federal Government Relations, since 2009. Prior to that, she served as president and chief executive officer of the 2008 Republican National Convention. She has held two Senate-confirmed presidential appointments—deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and assistant secretary and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service—as well as a number of other positions within the executive and legislative branches of government.

“Maria is a very talented, seasoned professional,” said Norman Mineta, former U.S. secretary of Transportation and Democratic U.S. representative for California’s 13th District. “She is a proven leader and was a remarkable public servant who was invaluable to me during my time as secretary of transportation. I’m confident that Maria’s deep knowledge of the regulatory and political environment will serve HP well.”

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