Larry Thomas, former press secretary to Vice President George Bush and to California Gov. George Deukmejian, started work Wednesday as vice president of corporate communications for the Irvine Co.
In this newly created position, Thomas, 39, will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the company's internal communications and media relations, and he will report to Irvine Co. Senior Vice President Gary Hunt. Thomas also will be in charge of corporate advertising and of the Irvine World News, a weekly circulated in Irvine and parts of Newport Beach and Tustin.
The new position reflects the company's increased emphasis on the importance of dealing with the news media, said company spokeswoman Judy Frutig. Irvine Co. management "decided there is a growing need to communicate clearly and precisely what our goals and objectives are," she said.
Frutig said that Thomas resigned as Bush's press secretary after only a few months because he wanted to return to California.