AUSTIN, TX—Dan Bartlett, a prominent player in the Bush White House, has been named president and chief executive of WPP-owned public affairs firm Public Strategies. Bartlett will be joining COO Meredith Marks in managing the day-to-day operations of the firm.
Jeff Eller, the firm’s current president and CEO, will assume the role of vice chairman and will be responsible for leading the firm’s Washington office and growth strategy. Jack Martin, the firm’s founder, will continue as chairman, and Mark McKinnon will continue as vice chairman.
Bartlett joined Public Strategies as a senior strategist in November 2007 and provides counsel to the firm’s largest accounts in key industries such as finance, telecommunications and defense. In addition, drawing on his years of foreign policy experience while serving in the White House, he has directed the firm’s international growth, providing advice to leading multi-national firms and global institutions.
Before joining Public Strategies, Bartlett served in several high-ranking positions at the White House, including counselor to the president. As one of President Bush’s most trusted advisors, Bartlett was responsible for all aspects of communications for the president and his administration. In addition to providing high-level strategic communications advice, he was also responsible for the White House press office, speechwriting and office of communications.
Bartlett is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a fellow of the school’s Center for Politics and Governance. He also serves as an on-air political analyst for CBS News.