LONDON—Grayling has named Stephen Lock, group deputy managing director and regional director for Eurasia, and Mark Irion, chief executive of Washington, D.C., government affairs firm Dutko Worldwide as co-heads of its global public affairs & government relations practice
Lock joined Grayling in 2004 with a pedigree, international background first in investor relations and then public affairs and now runs Grayling’s businesses in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. He began his career as an investment banker with Lazards, before entering PR in 1993. In 1997, he became founder-managing director of Ludgate Public Affairs and during the 1997 U.K. election, he was also an advisor to the Labour Party. In 2001 he was co-founder and CEO of U.K. lobbying and crisis consulting firm Cicero Consulting.
Irion has led the management team at Dutko since 1996. He began his political career in the mid 1980s in the United States Senate serving as a legislative assistant for energy and environmental issues. After joining Dutko, he helped build and manage the firm’s energy and environment practice. He has also served in leadership roles on the Democratic Leadership Council, the New Democrat Network, and the Third Way.
In light of Lock’s new responsibilities, he will step down as global industry sector head in healthcare and a new appointment to that role will be announced in due course.