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Mulder moves on from NCDOT, and Charbonneau moves up

Cris Mulder, one of about eight Wake schools employees who went to work for their former boss in his new job as state transportation secretary, is leaving her job as deputy secretary for communications at the state Department of Transportation.

“Cris Mulder has been lured away,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, the former Wake school superintendent, told the Board of Transportation Thursday. “She had taken a $15,000 pay cut to come work here ... after being my chief of staff at Wake County. The CEO of a national education company came and made her a ‘Godfather’ offer.”

Mike Charbonneau, a former WRAL TV journalist who reported to Mulder at Wake County schools and later as DOT’s communications director, will succeed her as DOT deputy secretary. (12/11/13 update: Charbonneau has promoted Dara Demi from his staff to succeed him as DOT communications director.)

Mulder previously had corporate marketing jobs and served as marketing director for the Research Triangle Foundation. She said she will start work Monday as a vice president for an education company she declined to identify.

(12/11/13 update: Mulder has been named marketing vice president for Knowledgeworks, a Cincinnati-based education reform organization. The group’s president is Judy Peppler, who also worked with Tata and Mulder at Wake County schools.)