ARLINGTON, VA—For General Motors communications chief Steve Harris, who stepped down at the beginning of the year, clearly intends to keep busy after leaving the corporate world. Just a month after accepting a position as chief communications officer at marketing and special events firm Clear!Blue Communications he signed on as senior consultant at The McGinn Group, a Virginia-based strategic communications and trend analysis firm.
According to Dan McGinn, president and CEO of The McGinn Group, “Our team has communications experience that is already both wide and deep, and adding Steve to our roster greatly enhances our ability to deliver for our clients. Steve is quite rightly regarded as a public relations legend, and his expertise, insights and experience will help us provide our clients world-class communications counsel and strategic advice.”
Harris joins a team assembled by McGinn two years ago, shortly after he left global PR agency Weber Shandwick, to whom he sold his former firm, which operated as Weber McGinn. Other team members include public opinion research luminary Peter Hart, and seasoned media veterans from CNN, NBC, ABC, as well as communications and legal professionals with extensive credentials and experience from corporate America, Capitol Hill, the White House and government.
The McGinn Group specializes in healthcare, diversity, environmental, litigation and executive conduct issues.
Harris began his communications career at General Motors in 1967 and held several positions, including regional public relations posts, before joining American Motors in 1979 as director of product public relations. Harris became Chrysler’s director of corporate public relations in November 1987, vice president of communications in January 1998, and senior vice president of communications for DaimlerChrysler in November 1998 following the merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation. He returned to General Motors as vice president of communications in February 1999 and announced his retirement late last year.