WASHINGTON, D.C.—Donald Foley, a longtime Democratic strategist, is joining Ketchum's Washington, D.C., office as director, North American public affairs.
Foley has a wide range of public affairs agency and political and public affairs campaign experience, including managing director of Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and founding partner of Prism Public Affairs and the Seattle-based public affairs agency Gogerty Marriott. His expertise includes crisis communications and media training, and he has served clients in sectors as diverse as aviation, defense and wind energy.
Foley also brings expertise in crisis management and media training for high-profile media and congressional appearances.
In addition, Foley served as vice president, worldwide communications, at Northwest Airlines, convention manager for the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He has more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and served as chief adviser to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Ia) and former Representative Dick Gephardt (D-Mo).
In a related move, Cornelius Winter—who joined with the merger of Ketchum and its European sister agency Pleon—was recently named to lead the agency's European public affairs network, based in Berlin, Germany, with members in London, Brussels, Madrid, Rome and Paris.
Winter has been with Pleon for more than eight years, leading the consultancy's Berlin and Brussels offices as managing partner. Prior to that, he was editor of the German national radio station Deutschland Radio.