Debt buyer Encore Capital Group announced that Sheryl Wright has joined the company as senior vice president of External Affairs.

Wright will oversee Encore's External Affairs functions, including Government Affairs and Corporate Communications, and will be responsible for managing federal and state legislative and regulatory matters, community outreach, corporate communications and reputation management.

Encore President and CEO Brandon Black said: "We are extremely gratified to have Sheryl joining the company to lead our government and public affairs efforts. Sheryl brings over 25 years of experience and will help Encore more effectively engage with policy makers, regulators, legislators, and other key constituents as we work together to effectively meet the needs of our consumers and the requirements of these important stakeholders."

Wright joins Encore from Bridgepoint Education, where she served as senior vice president, External Affairs. Before Bridgepoint, she had a 25-year career with Sprint Nextel, most recently serving as vice president of Government Affairs.

Wright serves on numerous public policy and community boards, including San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Taxpayers Association, SD Downtown Partnership, LEAD San Diego and the Public Affairs Council, Washington DC. 

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