Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker continued to fill out her leadership team on Thursday.
She named Josh Ellis as assistant secretary for communications and external affairs. He had previously worked as a public information officer for the department and as a reporter for Curtis Media Group.
Timothy Mayes, the former human resources director for the city of Charlotte, has been named human resources director for the commerce department.
Ashley Jones was named director of legislative affairs. She previously worked in a similar role for the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and as a federal liaison for the state Department of Agriculture.