SAN FRANCISCO—Jeff Raleigh, a 19-year veteran of Hill & Knowlton, and Mike Brown, who has held several senior corporate communications positions in the San Francisco area, have joined forces to launch Brown & Raleigh, a new firm that will provide senior counsel to businesses facing a broad spectrum of internal and external communications needs including crisis management, transactional communications, corporate positioning and strategic planning.
The firm will work exclusively with senior management of corporations, associations, public agencies and non-profit institutions facing change, crisis, or challenges to reputation or business success.
Says Brown, “We’re in business to serve a marketplace dealing with critical matters including complex restructurings, important governance issues and corporate crisis and positioning challenges, all of which require the attention and involvement of counselors who have the expertise and track record to achieve superior results. We’ve been through those rough waters and bring to the client’s table more than 50 years combined experience on executive staff and as external counselor.”
At Hill & Knowlton, Raleigh managed the New York and San Francisco offices and led the client services and global account practices. Previously, he worked as a campaign consultant and political aide.
For the past 21 years Mike Brown has been the chief public relations officer for the University of San Francisco, Southern Pacific Lines and Consolidated Freightways. He started his career as a journalist at The San Francisco Chronicle.
According to Raleigh, “Large and medium-size agencies are downsizing to respond to client demands for more efficient use of their budget. Brown & Raleigh, because of its structure, is able to listen to clients, then develop and implement programs quickly and efficiently without the need to feed a large staff or fight a bureaucracy.”