WASHINGTON, D.C.—FD has named Jackson Dunn as public affairs practice leader in the Americas. Dunn will continue to build the firm’s presence in Washington and further align public affairs with FD’s other core practice offerings in corporate and financial communications and with the firm’s global public affairs capabilities. He will also broaden the reach of the practice beyond Washington to key state legislative and regulatory agencies.
“For the last three years the barriers that have divided the realms of regulatory, political and public issues from the world of capital markets, investor relations and business strategy have continued to erode,” says Ed Reilly, CEO of FD Americas. Adds Dunn: “Around the world, and especially in the Americas, the way in which businesses interact with governments has changed, creating a degree of uncertainty and casting a fog over companies’ long-term plans. Businesses and even whole industries need trusted advisors to lead them through the complex challenges that lie ahead.”
Dunn joined FD in 2008. Earlier, he served as an aide to President Bill Clinton, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford. In the Clinton White House, he was associate director of public liaison, coordinating the business community’s support of President Clinton’s economic and trade agenda, including the successful efforts to secure permanent normal trade relations for the People’s Republic of China.