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Cummins hires ex-Indianapolis mayoral candidate

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Melina Kennedy, a Democrat who lost to Greg Ballard in last year's Indianapolis mayoral election, has joined Cummins Inc. as director of executive communications, a spokeswoman for the Columbus-based company said Wednesday.

As part of the corporate communications team, her duties will include research and speechwriting for CEO Tom Linebarger.

Kennedy will be based at the diesel engine maker’s downtown Indianapolis office in OneAmerica tower.

Her hiring is part of an effort to build the company’s corporate communications team, said Carol Casto, executive director of the department. Mel Raines, a vice president of operations for the Super Bowl Host Committee, also has joined the team.

“We needed to grow it to support what we think will be a $30 billion business in the next couple of years,” Casto said.

The communications department consists of 20 employees and could grow to include 30, she said.

Kennedy, a former environmental law attorney for Johnson Smith LLP, previously served as deputy mayor for economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson.
 

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  • Law Firm
    Ms. Kennedy was a partner at Baker & Daniels with a focus in public finance.
  • Politics at finest
    That is true. Casto was politcal flunkee at FSSA and spent millions for her Six Sigma Creditial. She is just helping out friend. Called good ol Girls Club
  • Politics at finest
    That is true. Casto was politcal flunkee at FSSA and spent millions for her Six Sigma Creditial. She is just helping out friend. Called good ol Girls Club
  • Rolodex
    Bet hers is bigger than "most" who struggle to get jobs. It's the combination of what and who you know that matters today.
  • Funny how...
    Politician types get jobs so fast while most struggle to find work. Just an observation.

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