WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta is joining Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman effective July 24. The firm says Mineta’s extensive knowledge of public policy and business will enable him to provide valuable counsel to Hill & Knowlton clients on a broad range of domestic and international issues. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and will report to Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO.
Mineta’s career includes 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, chairing the National Civil Aviation Review Commission, and cabinet service under the last two United States presidents. Mineta joined the administration of President George W. Bush in January 2001, becoming the 14th Secretary of Transportation. He was formerly Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton.
According to Taaffe, “His expertise in global infrastructure and trade issues, and knowledge of the public and private players worldwide, make him an unrivalled resource for clients seeking operational and policy solutions in the U.S. or internationally.”
Mineta says that while in the public sector, “I found that effective, straightforward communications played a key part. Now as part of the private sector, I look forward to working with Hill & Knowlton, a world-class consultancy, and engaging with its impressive clients on their complex issues.”
As Secretary of Transportation, Mineta oversaw an agency of almost 60,000 employees and a $61.6 billion budget. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he oversaw the Coast Guard response that included developing the Sea Marshal Program, Maritime Safety and Security Teams, and expanding the number and mission of Coast Guard Port Security Units. He also helped to create the Transportation Security Administration.