The chief marketing partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia will join Hewlett-Packard next month as a vice president overseeing the company's government relations work in Washington and around the globe.
HP announced Tuesday that Gregg Melinson will start as global government affairs vice president and deputy general counsel Sept. 19. He will work out of the company's Palo Alto, California, headquarters. Melinson succeeds Larry Irving as vice president of global government affairs.
“It's important for me to work with great people -- and having represented HP for a number of years, I can tell you firsthand that the Global Government Affairs and Legal teams are filled with tremendously talented professionals," Melinson said in a statement. "Also, coming from Drinker Biddle which has a real tradition of innovation, I view it as an incredible opportunity to help lead growth on a global scale at a company which absolutely defines innovation.”
Melinson has spent most of the last two decades as a Drinker Biddle partner, working on client development and government relations. From 1995 to 1997, he was deputy general counsel to then-Gov. Tom Ridge (R) of Pennsylvania.
“Gregg is an excellent leader with deep government affairs expertise, strong business acumen and a proven track record of building successful teams,” Michael Holston, HP executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. “His deep understanding of the complex issues companies encounter at the intersection of business and government will strengthen our ability to provide value across all of HP’s businesses.”
HP spent about $3 million on its in-house lobbying efforts in Washington during the first half of this year, according to congressional records. In 2010, the company spent about $6.5 million on its in-house advocacy work in Washington, congressional documents show.
The company this year has lobbied on several issues, including bills on patent reform and consumer privacy.
Updated at 3:33 p.m.