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Brunswick Group appoints eleven new Partners

Brunswick Group, the world’s leading critical issues advisory firm, today announced that 11 colleagues, from 11 offices, have been promoted to Partner.

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is a privilege to welcome these 11 colleagues to the partnership. Each of them exemplifies the strength of talent and depth of leadership in our firm, as well as the commitment to our clients and colleagues on which we pride ourselves. I look forward to working with them as we continue to build on our ambitions in the years to come.”

Louise Charlton, Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of Brunswick and Co-Chair with Rob Pinker of the Partner Promotion Committee, said: “I am delighted that these 11 colleagues are joining the firm’s partnership. I feel an immense sense of excitement that we have colleagues of this caliber around the world supporting our clients on their most critical issues.”


New Partners

Amy Koch, San Francisco

Amy is based in San Francisco, where she advises clients on a wide range of business-critical issues, with a particular focus on litigation and crisis matters. At Brunswick, she has supported companies navigating complex situations, strategic transitions, and significant periods of change across a variety of sectors.

Amy joined Brunswick from Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles, where she was a Partner serving as trial and appellate counsel. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco, focusing on complex commercial litigation.

Ayesha Khan, Singapore

Ayesha has almost 20 years of experience supporting clients on crisis and issues management, sustainability and stakeholder engagement. She has worked extensively with family businesses and multinational companies across Asia-Pacific in the energy, resources and agricultural sectors, helping them to navigate increasingly complex stakeholder landscapes, defend against NGO, consumer and investor activism, and build engagement programs in the areas of social value, sustainability and climate change. 

Prior to joining Brunswick, Ayesha was a senior member of regional public affairs teams at APCO and BCW. She began her career as an investment banker in New York and London.

Chris Buscombe, New York

Chris joined Brunswick in 2012 and is based in New York, having previously worked in the firm’s London office.

He has extensive experience in advising companies in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors and across the Consumer Industries. He counsels clients in areas including financial communications, corporate positioning and narrative development, stakeholder engagement and media relations. Chris has particular experience in M&A and IPO communications, advising on transactions ranging from high-profile capital markets deals through to private debt and equity raises, as well as public listings. Chris has served as Chief of Staff to Brunswick’s CEO, Neal Wolin, since 2020.

Emily Levin, Washington, D.C.

Based in Washington, D.C., Emily has extensive experience in building effective communications strategies and integrated campaigns to help organizations navigate business challenges and significant milestones. Emily advises clients across a range of areas, including corporate reputation and issues management, public affairs and advocacy, leadership positioning and stakeholder engagement.

Having worked in both New York and Johannesburg, she brings an international perspective and is highly skilled in helping clients develop, manage and execute complex communications programs across geographies and stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining Brunswick in 2012, Emily worked in Edelman's Corporate & Public Affairs group in New York.

Fiona Maharg-Bravo, Madrid

Fiona joined Brunswick’s Madrid office a year and a half ago to help bolster the firm’s growing presence in Spain. She has extensive experience in corporate communications and financial journalism, and advises clients across sectors on a range of critical issues.

Before Brunswick, Fiona was Director of International and Financial Communications at Telefónica and prior to that, was a financial journalist at Reuters Breakingviews in London and Madrid, and a regular contributor on Spanish business for the Economist. She started her career in London as an analyst at JP Morgan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Helen Smith, London

Helen is based in London, having previously worked in Brunswick’s Hong Kong and New York offices. She is a member of the firm’s global Consumer Industries sector team and has extensive experience of supporting clients through change and disruption in the sector.

A former corporate lawyer who has worked in the UK and the Middle East, Helen has a strong transactional background and has worked on M&A and IPOs in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the U.S. Prior to Brunswick, she was an Associate at Dentons, having started her career at Eversheds. She also draws on her legal training to help companies navigate complex cyber and litigation matters. 

Joudi Issa, Dubai

Joudi is based in Brunswick’s Dubai office and has deep knowledge of the Middle East and emerging markets. She advises high-profile organizations in the Arabian Gulf region on their communication strategies and campaigns, with a particular focus on employee engagement, and the Real Estate and Retail sectors.

Over the last decade, Joudi has been involved in a wide range of campaigns, and has advised on a variety of financial situations and employee-related issues.

Monica Gupta, Chicago

Monica is based in Brunswick’s Chicago office and advises clients on investor relations, change communications, employee engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters, across a range of sectors.  

Monica joined Brunswick after serving as a Principal at sr4 Partners, where she focused on DEI, learning and development, and change communications. Prior to that, she was the Director of Investor Relations at W.W. Grainger, Inc. where she served as an external spokesperson to the investment community, and before that, was an Assistant Vice President at Alpha IR Group.

Simon Hertwig, Munich

Simon has more than 15 years of experience in supporting German and international companies across a range of sectors, including Industrials & Infrastructure, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications. He is a member of the global Industrials and Infrastructure sector team, and his focus is on advising clients on complex transactions, restructuring and transformation processes, as well as crisis communications, reputation management and corporate positioning.

He joined Brunswick in 2009 from MLP AG, and helped to establish Brunswick’s office in Munich in 2011.

Stacey Chow, Hong Kong

Based in Hong Kong, Stacey works with clients to integrate social purpose, sustainability and ESG into their corporate strategies. Advising on stakeholder engagement, issues management, global partnerships and leadership positioning for executives, she helps companies to build long-term resilience and global competitiveness. 

Stacey has 18 years of experience in the areas of policy, strategy and public-private partnership in sustainable development. Prior to Brunswick, she worked at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with experience working in Washington, D.C., Beijing and New Delhi.

Stefanie Chalk, Frankfurt

Stefanie has more than 20 years of experience in advising clients across a range of sectors on financial and corporate communications, sustainability and ESG matters, corporate responsibility and governance issues, investor engagement, leadership positioning and crisis management.  Stefanie also serves on Brunswick’s global and European diversity, equity & inclusion committees.

Prior to joining Brunswick in 2017, Stefanie held global positions in Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Bank. Before that, she was responsible for brand, employee engagement and sustainability across the APAC region for Morgan Stanley, based in Hong Kong. She began her career in consulting, advising clients in the automotive, luxury goods, financial services and technology sectors.


About Brunswick Group

Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues and critical stakeholders. Our purpose is to help our clients play their role in the world successfully. We advise on critical issues and critical stakeholders at the center of business, politics and society, and help our clients – the leaders of large, complex organizations – understand and navigate these interconnected worlds. Brunswick is one firm globally, operating as a single profit center. This allows us to respond seamlessly and effectively to clients’ needs wherever they are in the world.

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