Raleigh, N.C. — After a year as Gov. Pat McCrory's top spokeswoman, Kim Genardo is shifting to a similar role in the Department of Commerce.
Genardo will become director of strategic and economic development communications on Feb. 17. In addition to daily communications, she will be responsible for implementing "the new North Carolina economic development brand" and lead an effort to improve communications regarding job creation and workforce development, according to a news release from the Governor's Office.
“Kim’s experience will strengthen our efforts to connect people with jobs and opportunity in North Carolina," McCrory said in a statement. "I am thankful for her communications leadership in my office over the past year and am grateful for her willingness to join Secretary (Sharon) Decker’s team in a critical area of communications for the entire state."
Josh Ellis, who has been deputy secretary for communications and external affairs in the Department of Commerce, will move to McCrory's office as communications director.
"Josh brings strong experience as a journalist and capitol reporter to this role. His years of work in and around both the legislative and executive branches of government will be a valuable asset to our team," McCrory said.