WASHINGTON D.C.— Josh Gottheimer, director of strategic communications at Ford Motor Company and former White House speechwriter, has been named worldwide executive vice president at Burson-Marsteller and global chair of the firm’s corporate and public affairs practices. He will also work with the company’s global leadership team to further drive and implement the corporate vision and strategy. He will be based in Washington D.C. and report to Mark Penn, worldwide president and CEO.
“With experience in strategic counsel for both the public and private sectors, Josh has an exceptional knack for seeking new ideas in the face of unforeseen challenges,” says Penn. “He brings with him a great drive, determination and energy that he has shown everywhere he has been.
Immediately prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Gottheimer was the director of strategic communications at Ford Motor Company where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s communications strategy, core message development, corporate advertising program and the Washington D.C. public affairs operation. He was instrumental in researching and developing the company’s corporate message, “Driving American Innovation.”
In the late 90s, Gottheimer served as special assistant and speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, where he helped draft the State of the Union Addresses in 1999 and 2000. He was also founding partner of the Cambridge Writers Group and a political analyst for BBC television and radio.