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Brunswick Group promotes record number of people to the Partnership

February 25, 2019 - Brunswick Group, the global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations, is delighted to announce that it has promoted twenty-one people to Partner. The twenty-one, from fifteen offices, join Brunswick’s existing 158 Partners. This is the largest number of Partner promotions in the firm’s history and reflects Brunswick’s strong pool of talent.

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome these twenty-one terrific colleagues into the Partnership. Our new Partners reflect the enormous depth and strength of talent that we have at the firm.”

Louise Charlton, Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of Brunswick and co-chair of the partner promotion committee said: “These promotions underscore Brunswick’s deep focus on developing its huge base of talent and growing its strong cadre of senior colleagues.” 

Rob Pinker, Chair, Emerging Markets of Brunswick and co-chair of the partner promotion committee said: “These promotions also reflect the substantial investments we are making in multiple geographies and in new capabilities and skills for the benefit of our clients.”

New Partners

David Ashton, Hong Kong

David provides insight and data-driven advice on a range of client issues and situations. He is an expert in the design and delivery of insight and research solutions that guide communications campaigns and feed into strategic decision-making. Based in Hong Kong since 2011, David founded the firm’s research and insight practice, Brunswick Insight, in Asia.

Today, David plays a broad role driving some of the largest and most complex multi-disciplinary engagements by Brunswick in Asia, spanning crisis and issues management, M&A, corporate governance, corporate reputation, branding and narrative development. He has advised some of Asia’s largest businesses as they take their place on the global stage including Sinopec, Midea, CP Group, CITIC, RGE, GoJek, WH Group and Pacific Century Group. He has also worked with many multi-national companies as they seek to navigate issues in Asia including HSBC, Standard Chartered, Swiss Re, Manulife, Chevron, Gucci and GSK, as well as some of Hong Kong’s best-known blue-chip companies including Jardines, Dairy Farm, Swire, Cathay Pacific and the Link REIT. 

Before joining Brunswick, David worked in political polling in the United Kingdom with Populus and BritainThinks, and during this period supported both the British Conservative Party and the Labour Party.

Email: [email protected]

 

Henrik Bernitz, Stockholm

Henrik is an adviser to boards and management on regulatory affairs, issues management and corporate communication.

Before joining Brunswick in 2015, Henrik set up the JKL/Publicis office in Brussels, after having spent many years at EU institutions, including the European parliament where he worked with conciliations and institutional affairs.

Henrik serves as strategic counselor to Scandinavian and multi-market clients and has headed assignments for clients in several sectors spanning heavy industry, media, telecom and financial institutions. He advises on a broad range of regulatory issues, including competition and environmental issues from a public policy perspective, with a particular focus on the interaction between national issues and EU policy. Henrik has a MSc from the London School of Economics.

Email: [email protected]

 

Tristan Hills-Bos, Dubai

Tristan heads Brunswick Arts in the Middle East. Working on strategic communications campaigns across visual arts, film, design and architecture, performing arts, literature and photography, he oversees Brunswick Arts’ diverse regional client network. Tristan’s key projects include Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Royal Opera House Muscat, Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Festival, Image Nation, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and the UAE National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He also helped launch the Dubai Photo Exhibition, the world’s largest photography exhibition in 2016.

Tristan holds an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and worked as a specialist Middle East analyst before moving into strategic communications. He understands basic Arabic, and currently sits on the board of the Jean Paul Najar Foundation.

Email: [email protected]

 

Sunitha Chalam, Hong Kong

Sunitha is experienced in corporate affairs, financial transactions, government and regulatory issues, and crisis and issues management. She joined Brunswick’s Singapore office four years ago and relocated to Hong Kong in 2016, leading regional accounts for Bain Capital, Swiss Re and Didi Chuxing.  She has worked on a range of financial transactions including the acquisition of GLP by a Chinese consortium, the acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation by Bain Capital, the acquisition of NOL (Singapore) by CMA-CGM, and the defense of Spring REIT against an unsolicited offer by PAG. 

Prior to joining Brunswick, Sunitha was in the Singapore Foreign Service for eleven years, managing bilateral relations with Indonesia and Europe and representing Singapore in global climate change negotiations. After the Singapore Foreign Service, Sunitha joined Hill and Knowlton, where she was Director and Regional Public Affairs lead for Asia. 

Sunitha was awarded a scholarship by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and studied Political Science and Economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Grenoble, France.

Email: [email protected]

 

Joanna Donne, Singapore

Joanna advises Asian and international clients on reputation campaigns with a particular focus on stakeholder engagement and communications during critical moments such as corporate transactions, leadership transition, crisis, and litigation.

Joanna’s experience includes advising a number of high-profile Asian conglomerates as well as clients in the consumer, fintech and private equity space. Her corporate transactional experience includes advising CITIC Pacific on its US$37bn acquisition of CITIC Ltd, Wing Hang Bank on its takeover by OCBC, Sea’s nearly US$1bn IPO on NYSE, and C.P. Group on a number of acquisitions including its US$9.4bn purchase of HSBC's stake in Ping An Insurance Company.

Before moving to Singapore, Joanna spent five years in Brunswick’s Hong Kong office. Joanna started her career as a solicitor with the international law firm, Linklaters, where she advised on capital markets transactions in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Joanna has BA in Psychology and Physiology and a master’s degree in Social Anthropology, both from Worcester College, Oxford, and a law degree from BBP Law School in London.

Email: [email protected]

 

Stuart Donnelly, London

Stuart is a leading member of Brunswick’s Spain practice. He focuses primarily on the energy and resources and private client sectors. He has a wide range of experience in advising major corporations on both financial and corporate communications, including corporate positioning, complex and high-profile M&A, restructurings, and crises.

In June 2014, Stuart completed a three-year secondment to the US where he helped launch and build Brunswick’s Dallas office. He also runs Brunswick’s annual World Economic Forum (WEF) programme in Davos.

Prior to joining Brunswick, Stuart trained and qualified as a lawyer at Weil Gotshal & Manges. At Weil, Stuart played a significant role in the Lehman Brothers restructuring. In 2005, Stuart graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Medieval & Modern Languages. In 2003 he was President of the Oxford University Law Society.  He has lived in Seville and Paris and speaks French and Spanish.

Email: [email protected]

 

Roberta Lippi, Sao Paulo

Roberta has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of communications, including corporate positioning, crisis, media relations, and internal communications. She joined Brunswick in 2013 as a director in the São Paulo office. She holds a journalism degree and has done post-graduate work in management at Insper and international corporate communications at Syracuse University. As a journalist, Roberta has worked for leading Brazilian business publications, including Folha de S. Paulo, Gazeta Mercantil and Valor Economico.

Before joining Brunswick, she was a consultant and editor of the Brazilian Association of Corporate Communications Aberje’s magazine. Prior to that, she coordinated the corporate communications department at Brasilprev Seguros e Previdência, a pension management company. In 2003, she co-authored a book on corporate innovation, published by Valor Econômico, called “Guia Valor Econômico de Inovação nas Empresas.” She is involved in the diversity & inclusion discussion in Brazil, especially on women on boards.  

Email: [email protected]

 

David Litterick, London

David advises a range of clients, focusing on the industrial and energy and resources sectors. He has experience of a wide variety of communications issues, including M&A, restructurings, and crises, as well as strategic media engagement.

David has worked for Brunswick since 2008, having joined from The Daily Telegraph, the UK’s largest-selling broadsheet newspaper, where he held a variety of roles including US business editor, city news editor and editor of Questor, the paper’s daily share tipping column.

David’s clients have included BHP, GSK, Cairn Energy, GKN and Fresnillo. He advised on Reckitt Benckiser’s acquisition of Mead Johnson as well as the restructuring of Tata Steel.

Email: [email protected]

 

Alexandra Abreu Loureiro, London

Alexandra heads Brunswick’s offer for Portuguese-speaking territories. With more than twenty years’ experience in international journalism, public affairs and government relations, she specializes in crisis and covers private and public sector strategic communications. 

An award-winning broadcaster on Portuguese television, she worked for the BBC World Service in London and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. She served in the Portuguese Government as spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence and advisor for the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

She lectures leadership and crisis at NOVA School of Business and Economics and is a graduate from the European Business School in London. She also has a MA in Political Science from Catolica University.

Email: [email protected]

 

Jade Mamarbachi, Dubai

Jade is a Partner in Dubai. He has over sixteen years’ experience in advising clients on communicating business critical issues. He provides strategic advice to senior executives and board members from multinational firms to growth companies, specialising in investor relations, corporate positioning, and media management. 

Jade joined Brunswick in 2010 from Grayling (Dubai) where he spent two years setting up their financial communication function in the Middle East, and prior to that was a co-owner of a small financial boutique agency in London. Jade has a MA in International Relations from St Andrews University, Scotland. 

Email: [email protected]

 

Mylene Mangalindan, San Francisco

Mylene helps clients navigate a broad range of issues related to protecting their corporate reputation. She advises clients on corporate positioning, crisis, litigation, media relations, and financial communications. She spent more than a decade as a journalist at the world’s top business and financial news publications.  For eight years, Mylene covered the biggest technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Google, Amazon and Yahoo, for The Wall Street Journal. She reported on a wide range of hardware and software companies for three years at Bloomberg News, where she helped open the San Francisco office.

Prior to Brunswick, Mylene served as director of corporate communications at Hewlett-Packard Co. where she helped steer the company through a tumultuous period of three CEOs in three years.

Mylene holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Email: [email protected]

 

Max McGahan, Chicago

Max is a Partner in Brunswick’s Chicago office, which he helped to open in 2017. He has extensive experience advising both public and private companies on financial communications and corporate reputation, including a number of major transactions and crisis projects.

His recent transactional experience includes supporting VF Corporation with the separation of its Jeanswear business and the take-private of True Value Company. His other clients at Brunswick have included IHG, Tesco, Inditex, BP and Dairy Crest.

Max relocated to Chicago from London, where he most recently served for two and a half years as Chief of Staff to Sir Alan Parker, Brunswick’s Founder and Chairman.

He was awarded a First Class Honors degree in Modern History from Lincoln College, Oxford.

Email: [email protected]

 

Felix Morlock, Frankfurt

Felix has extensive experience in all aspects of critical communications, with a particular focus on capital markets. He has advised on a broad range of transactions, shareholder activism projects and IPOs. Felix is also part of the global Investor Engagement practice and has worked on a number of complex financial situations in London and Germany.

He joined Brunswick in 2009, transferred to London in 2011, and relocated to Frankfurt a few years later. Prior to joining Brunswick, Felix worked for the investment boutique Rothschild in the M&A department. He graduated from European School of Business (ESB) with a degree in International Business.

Email: [email protected]

 

Lauren Nadig, Dallas

Lauren is a Partner in the Dallas office and Head of U.S. Operations.

A founding member of Brunswick’s Dallas office, Lauren has more than fourteen years of experience advising companies on their most pressing issues, including corporate reputation management, integration and change management, IPOs, and transactions.

Lauren joined Brunswick in 2008 from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she served on the corporate communications team supporting Investor Relations, Merchandising and Publishing. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and a Master’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

Email: [email protected]nswickgroup.com

 

Sonal Patel, London

As an award-winning Executive Producer, Sonal leads the Film team, film projects and integrated Brunswick and MerchantCantos campaigns, providing senior leadership at every stage.

Sonal has been writing, producing and directing in television and film for 20 years. Her expertise encompasses executive interviews, deal work, investor documentaries, corporate films and employee engagement. She advises clients at Board level and is an effective advocate for powerful storytelling around business strategy. Sonal’s current clients include Apax Partners, BBA Aviation, Dairy Crest, Edrington, HSBC and Puma Energy. She also provides on-camera media training for senior executives.

Sonal began her career in New York as a broadcast journalist for PBS, WNBC, New York 1 and MTV. She has a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, an Internal Communications Diploma from the CIPR, and a Certificate in IR from the Investor Relations Society.
Email: [email protected]

 

Katharine Peacock, London

Katharine is a Partner in Brunswick Insight’s London group with principle expertise in public affairs, corporate reputation management, and message development. Over the course of her career, Katharine has used data-led insights to advise a wide range of clients on their communications strategies, including governments, political parties, corporates and third-sector organizations internationally. 

Having worked on campaigns to develop effective messaging around complex issues such as sugar taxation, air passenger duty, pensions reform, and tax evasion and avoidance, Katharine is an experienced researcher personally delivering quantitative and qualitative research projects in more than 25 countries.  She has advised clients including Coca-Cola, Barclays, HMRC, United Biscuits, the General Medical Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Katharine has a first-class degree in French and Spanish from University College London and began her career in the Ecuadorian media and public affairs, before moving into insight and research.

Email: [email protected]

 

Dr. Joachim Peter, Berlin

Joachim focuses on public affairs, government, parliament and political parties, as well as defense and economic policy.

Before joining Brunswick in 2013, he worked as a correspondent for the German daily DIE WELT and as a member of the leadership staff at the news agency dapd. He was also head of the unit for strategic communication at the German Ministry of Defense. In this position he reported directly to the Federal Minister.

Joachim is involved in mandates across the digital, technology, energy, finance, and defense sectors.

Email: [email protected]

 

Paul Raeburn, London

Paul specialises in developing strategies and campaigns, responding to long-term business, and reputational issues.

 He has over 10 years’ experience working with multinationals on building and protecting reputations across financial, stakeholder, and consumer audiences. He also has extensive experience advising companies on best practice in Corporate Affairs functions and has led major business transformation projects to restructure functions globally.

 Prior to joining Brunswick Paul worked at Blue Rubicon in London, and his clients at Brunswick have included BHP, Burberry, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Maersk, Nestlé, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Starbucks, Shell, Unilever and Zurich Insurance. He has worked with business leaders across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America and is currently based in London and Brussels.

Email: [email protected]

 

Emma Schultz, Washington, D.C.

Emma Schultz has a decade of experience counseling clients across a range of sectors on high-profile crises with a particular focus on litigation. Her work includes communications strategy development and media handling at all stages of litigation and investigations, including trials, appeals, and resolutions at the state and federal levels with both private and government plaintiffs. Emma also helps clients navigate corporate events including policy and public affairs challenges, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and executive transitions. She has worked with clients in the energy, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to Brunswick, Emma was a consultant at Mercer, a leading global human resource consulting firm, where she specialized in change management and internal communications. She graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English. Emma began her career at Brunswick in the firm’s New York office, where she spent three years before moving to the Washington, D.C. office.

Email: [email protected]

 

Dominic Whiting, Abu Dhabi

Dominic has worked for over twenty years in financial communications and journalism and is a specialist in the areas of asset management and real estate investment.

Previously, Dominic worked as head of communications for Abu Dhabi asset manager Invest AD, as a press officer at the European Commission’s delegation for Southeast Asia, and as a journalist at Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong and Thailand. As the news organization’s Asia property correspondent for five years, he covered rapid development in China and India as well as institutional investment in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Dominic also covered a wide range of general themes in Asia, including the Myanmar cyclone in 2008, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Sri Lankan peace talks, APEC, and a Communist Party of Vietnam congress.

Dominic is a published author, having written two books on real estate investment, including, ‘Playing the REITs Game: Asia's New Real Estate Investment Trusts.’

Email: [email protected]

 

Fiona Wright, Brussels

Fiona has more than 15 years’ experience in government and public affairs with a particular focus on financial services, trade, and economic affairs.

Prior to joining Brunswick in 2016, she spent four years at a Brussels consultancy covering EU financial services for a range of buy-side and payment services clients. Between 2004 and 2012, Fiona worked in a range of roles at the UK Treasury, latterly as a seconded national expert at the European Commission’s Economic and Financial Affairs DG. Fiona has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida where she won a Research Fellowship at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC (1998-99). Fiona started her career as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) in 2000 including a year-long secondment in Washington, DC as a legislative assistant in the office of a U.S. Senator (2001-02).

Email: [email protected]

 

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 over 1,000 people across 23 offices around the world.

 

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