WASHINGTON, DC—Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has been named chairman of APCO Worldwide's executive advisory service Global Political Strategies, which provides public policy and public diplomacy counsel to companies and institutions expanding their international operations.
According to APCO founder and chief executive Margery Kraus, “Gov. Richardson has a unique combination of local, state, congressional, executive branch and foreign policy experience gained through high-level diplomatic and political posts held throughout his career.”
Richardson's career has spanned public service, academia and the private sector. He completed his second term as governor of New Mexico in 2010, having been elected to office in 2002. Prior to his election as governor, he served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and also as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, where he handled sensitive Congo transition negotiations and dealt first-hand with the issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the UN Security Council. For 15 years prior, he represented northern New Mexico's 3rd Congressional district.
While a congressman, Richardson served as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He helped to win the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan.
Since 2006 he has been the special envoy for hemispheric affairs for the secretary general of the Organization of American States, helping to promote issues of importance to the region, such as immigration and free trade, and working to strengthen relations between countries.
In 2001 Richardson assumed the chairmanship of Freedom House, a private, nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy worldwide. He also served on several boards, including the Natural Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Mark Medish, former senior director of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and deputy assistant secretary of the treasury under Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, recently joined APCO as an executive vice president and will serve as GPS's managing director.