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Courtney Chiang Dorman and Michael O’Looney join Brunswick Group as Partners in San Francisco and New York respectively

Brunswick strengthens U.S. Partnership with the appointment of two senior hires.

Brunswick Group, the global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations, today announced that Courtney Chiang Dorman and Michael O’Looney will join the Partnership in San Francisco and New York respectively. 

Courtney Chiang Dorman joins Brunswick on April 22 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she was Chief Operating Officer and, before that, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Courtney was a member of the firm’s executive management team and was responsible for, among other things, internal and external communications, content and marketing, executive communications, business development, special projects and initiatives, people, and recruitment. Before joining Wilson Sonsini, she was Director of Marketing Communications at Robertson Stephens, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank, and, earlier in her career, also worked for a large global communications agency. At Brunswick, Courtney will advise clients on all areas of strategy, corporate positioning, reputation and crisis, financial and executive communications. 

Michael O’Looney joins Brunswick on May 1 from Elliott Management, where he was Head of Communications and responsible for, among other things, corporate communications, media relations and running communications on a number of high-profile activist campaigns. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications for Barclays in the Americas and, before that, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications for Merrill Lynch. He is also a former Deputy Police Commissioner for the New York City Police Department and an Emmy-nominated television reporter for WCBS, CBS News, and New York 1 News. Michael will advise clients on strategy, financial communications including M&A and activism, crisis, and other critical business and reputational issues. 

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted that Courtney and Michael, two extraordinarily accomplished and world-class senior advisors, are joining Brunswick. Courtney has deep leadership experience in a professional services firm and has advised senior executives on all aspects of business, strategy and communications. She will strengthen our advisory capabilities in San Francisco and counsel clients on a range of issues that matter to them. Michael brings with him to Brunswick significant leadership experience and understanding across finance, business, and the media. He will strengthen our advisory capabilities in New York and will prove enormously valuable to our clients in the U.S. and elsewhere. It is terrific that two individuals with the stature of Courtney and Michael are joining Brunswick, and I am looking forward to working with them both.” 

Nik Deogun, CEO of the Americas and U.S. Senior Partner said: “Brunswick is home to the best and brightest in our profession, and adding Courtney and Michael enhances our ability to serve our clients on financial situations, crisis, and other corporate reputation matters. They bring a wealth of experience and relationships and epitomize the caliber of talent we offer as a firm.” 

Courtney Chiang Dorman said: “I’ve known and admired Brunswick for many years and am thrilled to join. I have been fortunate to work with smart, effective, collaborative, high-energy professionals throughout my career, and when I met the Brunswick team, I knew that good fortune would continue. The firm has an incredible business, amazing clients, and talent across the board. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Michael O’Looney said: “I am honored to join the talented team at Brunswick. I have admired the firm for many years and look forward to having the opportunity to use my skills to advise clients on a range of issues.” 

About Courtney Chiang Dorman:

Prior to joining Brunswick, Courtney was the Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the law firm advising technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide. In this role, she focused on key strategic, cultural, operational, and growth initiatives. In addition to working with the firm’s executive leadership team on developing and implementing firm-wide strategic and operational priorities, she was responsible for aligning, building, and managing all operational functions within the firm. She also acted as firm spokesperson, leading all internal and external communications, including crisis management.  

Courtney was part of Wilson Sonsini’s executive leadership team for nearly 17 years. She started as the firm’s first Chief Marketing Officer in 2002, responsible for building and managing the marketing, communications, and business development functions globally before expanding into a broader operations and strategy role in 2005. 

Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Courtney was a principal at the technology investment bank Robertson Stephens where she oversaw the marketing communications function globally. Early in her career she was a vice president at a large, global communications firm where she worked primarily with professional services organizations.

About Michael O’Looney:

Michael O'Looney is Head of Communications for the hedge fund, Elliott Management, and has global experience in the financial services industry and in crisis management, corporate reputation, media relations, activist campaigns, and advising CEOs and senior leadership teams. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications at Barclays in the Americas and, prior to that, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications for Merrill Lynch. 

Michael is also a former Deputy Police Commissioner for the New York City Police Department where he served as the NYPD’s chief spokesperson and was a senior advisor to the Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. He was inducted into the NYPD’s Honor Legion in 2003. Before that, Michael worked in broadcast journalism. He was an Emmy-nominated television reporter and anchor for CBS News, WCBS, and New York 1 News covering domestic and international news. He also worked at CNBC and the Financial News Network. 

Michael is a graduate of Marist College, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Marist College’s School of Communication and the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University. 

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 23 offices around the world. In the U.S. Brunswick has offices in Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit: 


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