WASHINGTON, D.C.—APCO Worldwide has launched Global Political Strategies, a new international consultancy division that will support businesses, governments and NGOs on geopolitics, global economics and new market opportunities.
GPS offers insight from a most senior team of international strategists including two former presidents, foreign ministers, cabinet members and ambassadors, as well as former senior advisors to U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. They will offer clients political and diplomatic experience gained in developed and emerging markets across the world.
“Just as governments use diplomats and policy advisors to navigate international challenges, crises and conflicts, businesses and NGOs benefit from applying the techniques of diplomacy to help manage their own political, regulatory, legal and economic challenges,” says APCO president and CEO Margery Kraus. “In this new era, success increasingly depends on understanding the global forces impacting economies and societies. GPS is a new kind of strategic offer, bringing together a genuinely global team of experienced former officials to help clients more effectively understand today’s complex and changing world—and to use that understanding to better navigate their futures.”
GPS is co-chaired by Tony Lake, former senior policy advisor in the Obama presidential campaign and national security advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton; and Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company. APCO’s Darren Murphy, former special adviser for political communication to Tony Blair, serves as GPS managing director.
The founding group of GPS consultants includes: John Kufuor, former president of Ghana and former chairperson of the African Union; Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president of Poland; Lalit Mansingh, former Indian foreign secretary and former Indian ambassador to the United States and the United Arab Emirates; Klaus Naumann, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee and former chief of staff of the German armed forces; Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair; and Yukio Satoh, former permanent representative of Japan to the United Nations and former president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs.
GPS will operate as a division of APCO Worldwide and will draw on the experience and support of the firm’s management and senior consultants in more than 20 countries.
The new unit will deliver global strategic counsel to clients in a variety of areas, including political intelligence, risk assessment and problem solving; market entry and establishment; government systems for defense and security, communications and public-service reform; government relations and coalition building; regulatory and treaty development; trade and investment policy; competition and antitrust issues; gclobal positioning and reputation management; and policy-making processes in key capitals and international organizations.