Jessica Montoya, formerly manager for external affairs for Chrysler Group, has left the company. She is now the vice president of government affairs and assistant general counsel for Gaithersburg, Md.-based Sodexo, Inc., that company announced Wednesday.
Montoya said she left Chrysler at the end of the year, and started at Sodexo last week. "I have nothing but good things to say about Chrysler and the opportunity they gave me and my time there," she said, adding that Sodexo was "an opportunity I couldn’t pass up."
Montoya is the second lobbyist to depart Chrysler's in-house stable in recent weeks. The Detroit News reported last month that John Bozzella, senior vice president for external affairs for Chrysler Group and the company's lead lobbyist, left at the end of the year to take a job with Cerberus Capital Management, Chrysler's former owner.
A Chrysler spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.
Montoya will register to lobby for Sodexo in the company's first-quarter report, she said, and will also work on compliance with lobbying disclosure and political action committee laws.
Chrysler scaled back its lobbying after taking a federal bailout, spending $822,787 in the third quarter of 2009 compared to nearly $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2008, lobbying disclosure reports show. Sodexo has reported spending $890,000 so far this year, all in-house. The company, which manages facilities, lobbies on issues such as the farm bill, childhood obesity and nutrition proposals, and the proposed health care overhaul, its disclosure reports show.