WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tim Berry, who was most recently chief of staff to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, is joining Time Warner as vice president of global public policy. Berry will report to Carol Melton, a former Federal Communications Commission official and Viacom Inc. lobbyist, who joined Time Warner earlier this year.
His appointment comes at a time when the company is preparing for a battle with one of its largest shareholders, Carl Icahn. Icahn recently indicated in a government filing that he would seek one or more director seats at the company’s annual meeting next year, because of a “difference of opinion between many large shareholders and management concerning the direction of the company.”
Icahn wants the company to spin off its cable unit and to launch a $20-billion stock buyback.
Berry had been DeLay’s chief of staff since August 2002, and was a principal strategist after the majority leader came under fire over alleged ethics violations. In a statement, DeLay praised Berry as “a complete professional. His dedication, integrity, work ethic and vast experience have served me well during his 10 years of working with me in the House of Representatives.”
In his new job, he will lobby the federal government on entertainment and communications issues such as boosting intellectual property protection for music, movies and other creative works and telecommunication policy reform.