Brunswick Group today launches Brunswick Geopolitical, created to help its clients and business leaders around the world navigate the critical issues emanating from the increasingly complex political, social and economic environment they face.
Bringing together a team of highly experienced independent thinkers, Brunswick Geopolitical draws on a broad and deep knowledge of the key issues in the major markets. It will complement the firm’s full range of advisory offers, including Regulatory & Public Affairs, across 24 offices around the world.
The four principals of Brunswick Geopolitical are:
- Bob Zoellick, former President of the World Bank, US Trade Representative and US Deputy Secretary of State, and current Chairman of Alliance Bernstein and Board member of Temasek Holdings
- Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation and EU Commissioner for Trade, and current President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute
- Lord Charles Powell, former foreign policy advisor to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and current Board member of LVMH, Northern Trust and others
- George Yeo, former senior Singapore Cabinet Minister and current Chairman of Kerry Logistics Network Limited and Board member of AIA Group.
- with Baroness Kate Fall as the Executive Director.
They will draw on Brunswick’s network of senior advisors, such as Neal Wolin, Tim Griffin, Anthony Gardner and Sir Jonathan Faull, Chairman of European Public Affairs.
Susan Gilchrist, Brunswick Group CEO, said: “The launch of Brunswick Geopolitical is an exciting complement to our existing specialist offers at Brunswick. The incredible depth and breadth of the political, economic and regulatory experience that Bob, Pascal, Charles and George bring will prove invaluable to our clients as we advise them on how to navigate today’s complex global environment.”
On behalf of the new appointees, Bob Zoellick said: “Brunswick is a multi-dimensional advisor for senior executives of major companies around the globe. We hope that Brunswick Geopolitical will complement the suite of services by sharing alerts and insights from a select group with comprehensive experience. In an era of flux, companies need to combine business expertise with an anticipation of, and preparation for, shifts in geopolitics, markets, and governance.”
About Robert B. Zoellick
Robert Zoellick has previously served as the 11th President of the World Bank (2007 to 2012), as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of State (2005 to 2006), and as US Trade Representative (2001 to 2005).
Bob also held several positions in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, serving as Under Secretary of State, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions Policy. From 2013 to 2016, he was Chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, and in 2006-07, he was Vice Chairman, International at the firm.
Bob was appointed Chairman of the Board of Alliance Bernstein in April 2017. He is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and serves on the board of Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. He is a member of the board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Carnegie Endowment. He also chairs the Global Tiger Initiative and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps.
About Pascal Lamy
Pascal Lamy previously served two consecutive terms as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (2005 to 2013).
He was Head of Cabinet for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, from 1985 to 1994. He then joined Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004.
Pascal is currently President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, of Transparency International France and of the Center on European Regulation (CERRE). He also currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on regional governance at the World Economic Forum and is President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
About Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG
Lord Charles Powell served as Private Secretary and Advisor on foreign affairs and defense to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, and held the same position in the early part of Sir John Major’s time as Prime Minister (1983 to 1991).
Charles is now an independent member on the House of Lords and, after stints on the European Union, Economic Affairs and Constitution Committees, currently serves on the National Security Strategy Committee. He is a board member of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Northern Trust, Hong Kong Land and Mandarin Oriental. Earlier board appointments include Caterpillar, Jardine Matheson, Textron and Schindler. He is on the Advisory boards of Barrick Gold and Chubb, and previously chaired Rolls Royce’s International Advisory board
He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, Deputy Chairman of the Fudan University Business School Advisory Board, Chairman of the British Museum Trust, a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He served as President of the China-Britain Business Council and Singapore-British Business Council for many years, and is a British Business Ambassador.
About George Yeo
George Yong-Boon Yeo served in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs (1988 to 2011). Prior to 1988, George served in various capacities in the Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defense Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.
George is currently Chairman and Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Logistics Network Limited and Board member of Kerry Holdings and AIA Group. He is also a member of the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Panel of Advisors to the Dean of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, the International Advisory Committee of Peking University, the International Advisory Committee of Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation and the International Advisory Panel of China Eco-Forum Global.
In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See and became a member of the newly-formed Vatican Council for the Economy in May 2014.
About Brunswick Group
Brunswick Group LLP is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations. Founded in 1987, Brunswick is an organically grown, private partnership with 24 offices around the world.
Gill Ackers, Partner, Brunswick London