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Governor DeSantis’ Office Announces Key Personnel Moves on Executive Team

As the office reloads going into the 2023-2024 legislative season, Governor Ron DeSantis’ office announced multiple personnel movements on the senior team in the Executive Office of the Governor.

Anastasios Kamoutsas will be joining as Deputy Chief of Staff, Cody Farrill, who currently serves as Cabinet Affairs Director, is transitioning to a new role as Deputy Chief of Staff, Jason Mahon has been named Communications Director and Peter Cuderman has been elevated to Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. All four have played key roles in the Governor’s administration over the last year.

“Anastasios, Cody, Jason, and Peter have served as invaluable members of the Governor’s administration and have been instrumental in putting wins on the board for Floridians,” said James Uthmeier, Chief of Staff to Governor DeSantis. “We are pleased for them to continue their service as we move toward another groundbreaking legislative session.”

Kamoutsas most recently served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Education following his tenure as General Counsel at the Department. Kamoutsas has played a key role in implementing the Governor’s priorities, such as the Parental Rights in Education bill and the STOP WOKE Act. Previously, he was an attorney at the Dade County Police Benevolent Association and served as a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office in Miami-Dade County.

Farrill has served on the Governor’s staff for nearly a year and has most recently held the title of Cabinet Affairs Director. Farrill has extensive experience in Florida state government, previously serving as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director and Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor DeSantis, as Chief of Staff at the Agency for Health Care Administration, and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Management Services. During his time in the Governor’s Office, Farrill has played a significant role in protecting the pensions of Florida’s retirees from harmful ESG policies, tackled issues such as Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Property Insurance, and served in a crucial role in response efforts following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

Mahon has served as Deputy Communications Director to the Governor since May 2021, during the Governor’s rise to national prominence. Over the past two years, Mahon has been a fundamental part of the communications operation and played an active role in the response and recovery following Hurricane Ian and Nicole. Before his time in the Governor’s office, he was Communications Director at the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health. Mahon assumed the Communications Director role with the departure of Taryn Fenske, who left the administration to work for the DeSantis-aligned Never Back Down PAC.

Cuderman served as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director during last year’s historic legislative session. Before joining the official office, Cuderman was Political Director for Grassroots and Coalitions for DeSantis’ reelection campaign. Before joining the Governor’s reelection campaign, he served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps. Cuderman succeeds Stephanie Kopelousos, who served as Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs through the Governor’s time in office before her departure to be a senior advisor on the DeSantis for President campaign.