Glenn Mahone Named Acting Chief of NASA Strategic Communications

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe named Glenn Mahone as the agency's Acting Chief of Strategic Communications, effective immediately. Mahone also will continue to serve as Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Office of Administrator.

As head of strategic communications, Mahone's primary responsibility will be to develop NASA wide communication strategies to better communicate the agency's mission of exploration and discovery with a variety of internal and external audiences.

"It is important that NASA begin to speak with one voice across all projects and programs," said Administrator O'Keefe. "Glenn is a talented communicator; his perspective and experience are vital to the success of our communication strategies as we assess our resources and refocus them in a more effective manner."

Mahone was appointed Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs in Jan. 2002. He is the official spokesperson for NASA and the senior official responsible for advising the Administrator and the agency's senior leadership regarding all aspects of public affairs.

He was first selected to serve the Office of Administrator in April 2000 as a senior advisor and press secretary. He provided guidance, counsel and coordinated the Administrator's appearances for national and local events involving the White House, congressional members, aerospace industry leaders and the general public.

Mahone was named Acting Associate Administrator for Public Affairs in Aug. 2001. In this position, he assumed responsibility for planning, developing and executing public affairs activities across the entire agency, including Headquarters and NASA's 10 field centers.

Managing a staff of more than 300 communications professionals, he sets policy for print and broadcast news releases, development and use of mission video, news conferences and other media briefings, exhibits, speakers, public tours and visitor centers. He also serves as publisher for NASA's highly popular Internet site:

"The depth of Glenn's portfolio is a valuable asset, as we move forward with new communication strategies," added Administrator O'Keefe. "He's helped direct the largest multimedia overhaul in the agency's history and knows how to use these emerging technologies to help best tell our important story to the NASA Family and the American people."

Before joining NASA, Mahone served as the senior advisor to the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from September 1999 to April 2000, serving as the commission's communications strategist. He directed the staff in the preparation of speeches, talking points and other written material for internal and external use.

From July 1997 through August 1999, Mahone was the Commercial Sales and Marketing Manager for ADT/Tyco Inc. in Baltimore.

His previous experience includes work as Management Consultant to the President and CEO of Stephens Engineering Company, Inc., Lanham, Md., and Consultant for Employment and Training for U.S. Department of Labor in Washington. He was also the Vice President and Director of Sales Training and Development for FirstSouth Savings and Loan, Little Rock, Ark., and Director of Information Services and Press Secretary at the Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State in Little Rock.

As Director of Public Affairs for KTHV (CBS) television in Little Rock, Mahone was responsible for political reporting and media relations. He hosted a weekday news variety program and a weekly political affairs broadcast. He supervised personnel administration for 270 station employees, including handling all recruitment, interviewing and benefits coordination.

Mahone received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Speech from the University of Central Arkansas with a Minor in Journalism. He has extensive training in communications strategy, crisis-communications and human resources. He is also a graduate of the IBM Marketing and Communications Program.

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