Contact: John Bianchi 212/979-3026 jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx ROBERT PERCIASEPE NAMED AUDUBON CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Former Assistant EPA Administrator to Head Audubon's Operations and Planning New York, NY, Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Robert Perciasepe, Audubon's Senior Vice President for Public Policy and interim acting Chief Operating Officer, officially takes over the duties of COO immediately, it was announced today by Audubon President John Flicker. Perciasepe, former Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation for the EPA, will work from both Washington D.C. and Audubon headquarters in New York. "I have the greatest confidence in Bob's judgment and abilities as he assumes increasing responsibilities for managing and leading Audubon's operations," said Flicker. "Because he is so uniquely qualified - with experience in local, state, and federal government - and because he led our Washington office so effectively, he will also continue to help with Audubon's public policy work when needed." Perciasepe joined Audubon as Senior Vice President for Public Policy and head of the Washington, D.C. office inMay of 2002. Since then, he has lead Audubon staff in advocating policy priorities to Capitol Hill and Cabinet agencies, working with Audubon state offices to promote initiatives that protect birds and wildlife and their habitats. The focus of his new duties is the planning and oversight of the conservation group's operations. He has served as acting COO since early 2003. Perciasepe brings 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resources management to Audubon. He was confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate to serve in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first as the Assistant Administrator for Water in 1993 and then as the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation in 1998. He also served as Maryland's Secretary of the Environment, directing the state's environmental protection programs 1990 to 1993. Previously, he was Baltimore's Assistant Director of Planning, where he oversaw environmental and infrastructure planning for the city. Perciasepe sits on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He also has served on the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and as First Chairman of the Northeast Ozone Transport Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a master's degree in planning from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. # # # You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.