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Brunswick Group appoints 16 new partners

Promotions to partner across 11 offices strengthen the firm’s global offer.

Following an extensive and thorough selection process, Brunswick Group is delighted to announce that we have asked 16 directors to join the Partnership this year.

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Susan Gilchrist, Group CEO, said: "The challenges our clients face are increasingly complex and require a broad range of expertise to help navigate them. I am therefore delighted by the calibre and diverse experience of colleagues we are inviting to join the Partnership this year.

“The group includes a real cross-section of our specialist offers, sector expertise and international network, further strengthening our ability to help clients address their critical issues. Along with our recent senior hires, I know they will make a strong contribution to the continued development of the firm.”

Annalisa Barbagallo in Brussels  Annalisa has over 18 years of experience in public affairs with a focus on digital, financial services and EU-US relations. Before joining Brunswick, she was Director of Government Affairs at GE Capital and at eBay/PayPal.

Ash Spiegelberg in Dallas Ash advises on all areas of corporate, financial and M&A communications, and has worked across a wide range of sectors. During his time at Brunswick, he spent five years in London before relocating to the UAE in 2009 and then moving to Dallas in 2014.

Benoit Grange in Paris Benoit advises on a wide variety of communications issues, including capital transactions, IPOs, M&A, restructuring operations, public affairs and corporate reputation campaigns. Previously, Benoit was Deputy Director at the French and Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul.

Carol Roos in Johannesburg Carol advises clients on a range of business-critical issues, with a particular focus on the TMT and energy & resources sectors. She has also advised on a number of local and cross-border transactions from Brunswick’s San Francisco and Johannesburg offices.  

Daisuke Tsuchiya in London Daisuke leads Brunswick's Japan practice and has worked in crisis, M&A and corporate reputation building. Before joining Brunswick, he spent over 15 years as a fast track diplomat in the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Darren McDermott in New York Darren works on a range of critical communications issues for clients, including financial situations, reputation management, crisis and litigation and creating compelling content. Darren joined Brunswick in 2012 after 17 years as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Katie Ioanilli in London Katie has done extensive work across the retail, luxury, consumer goods and technology sectors in New York, San Francisco and London, where she is now based. She advises clients on a range of critical issues including cross-border M&A, crisis, shareholder activism, IPOs and reputation management.

Kirsten Molyneux in Hong Kong Kirsten heads up Brunswick’s CMA group in Asia and has a wealth of experience running global investor relations programs. Her particular focus is on helping clients develop their investor narrative as well as preparing senior management teams for interaction with the investing universe.  

Nina Coad in London Nina advises clients on corporate positioning, financial calendar, investor relations, media, financial restructurings, crisis and M&A. She has experience across a broad range of sectors, but particularly in B2B sectors, including engineering, construction, property, energy and resources. 

Rory Macpherson in Shanghai Rory has extensive experience developing strategic communications and investor relations programs to enhance corporate reputation and address special situations. Prior to joining Brunswick, Rory led the corporate communications and investor relations functions at Suntech Power for more than five years. 

Shahed Larson in New York Shahed advises clients on a variety of critical issues, including litigation and crisis, M&A, management transitions, shareholder activism and corporate governance matters. Previously, Shahed was an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

Sparky Zivin in Washington DC Sparky uses opinion research tools to advise clients on corporate reputation, crisis communications, issues management, message development, public affairs and employee engagement. Prior to joining Brunswick, Sparky was a Senior Vice President at Edelman’s in-house research consultancy.

Stephen Power in Washington DC Stephen advises clients on a range of public affairs, crisis communications and corporate reputation issues, with an emphasis on legislative campaigns, media handling and the challenges facing energy and transportation companies worldwide. Prior to joining Brunswick, Stephen wrote about energy, automobile and airline industries for The Wall Street Journal for 11 years.

Sumeet Desai in London Sumeet joined Brunswick in February 2015, combining expertise in public affairs, media and crisis communications. Before joining Brunswick, Sumeet was the Head of Public Affairs and Research at the Royal Bank of Scotland and a political and economics journalist at Reuters.

Tom Williams in San Francisco Tom specializes in M&A, corporate positioning work and crisis communications, advising multinational companies from a wide range of industries. He joined Brunswick in London in 2005 with a background in media and investor relations and has also worked in Brunswick’s Johannesburg and Washington, D.C. offices.

Will Anderson MBE in Abu Dhabi Will is a creator of decisive communications campaigns that help companies and organisations communicate the purpose of their business, enhance reputation, and communicate successfully through transaction, restructuring and crisis.  

About Brunswick Group

Brunswick is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations. Founded in 1987, Brunswick is an organically grown, private partnership with 23 offices around the world.


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