NJ Security Advisor to Head MWW Israeli Practice
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NJ Security Advisor to Head MWW Israeli Practice

Golan Cipel, who was homeland security adviser to New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, has joined The MWW Group as a vice president of public affairs and head of its Israeli practice.

Paul Holmes

EAST RUTHERFORD—Golan Cipel, who was homeland security adviser to New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, has joined The MWW Group as a vice president of public affairs and head of its Israeli practice. Cipel succeeds Ronn Torossian, who the firm left last month to become managing director at KCSA PR Worldwide.
 
Cipel attracted some controversy after his appointment to the McGreevey administration when it was found that he could not qualify for a security consultant because he was not an American national. Cipel is an Israeli citizen who had worked as a television news reporter and a spokesman for the Israeli consulate in New York.
 
McGreevey described Cipel’s duties as “working on policy matters, ranging from intellectual property, federal and state regulatory policy, as well as economic.” He served as McGreevey’s liaison to the Jewish community, and was the governor’s advance man during a trup to Israel.
 
“It’s the administration’s hope that Golan Cipel does well in life,” McGreevey spokesman Kevin Davitt told The Newark Star-Ledger.
 
The Philadelphia Inquirer suggested Cipel’s appointment at MWW could spark more controvery. MWW represents Parsons Infrastrucure & Technology Group, the company that runs New Jersey’s car inspection system. Parsons has been accused of botching the state’s emission inspection program, and McGreevey has threatened to cancel that contract.
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