NEW YORK—Brunswick Group has added Jim Wilkinson, most recently chief of staff to Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson as managing partner, international business and financial strategy. At the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Wilkinson has served since 2006 as Secretary Paulson’s senior strategist and counselor and has worked closely with the Secretary on domestic and international finance matters, including the current global financial crisis..
Wilkinson will be based in New York and San Francisco, and will also spend time in Brunswick’s Washington, D.C. office, working closely with Hilary Rosen, Brunswick managing partner and head of the Washington office.
Wilkinson has more than 15 years of experience in international strategy, communications, and crisis and reputational management. Prior to joining the Treasury Department, he served as an international strategist and counselor for the U.S. Department of State as senior advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also worked with Rice at the White House as a senior strategist at the National Security Council, serving as deputy assistant to the president and deputy National Security Advisor for communications.
From 2002 to 2003, Wilkinson served in the Middle East as director of strategic communications for General Tommy Franks at U.S. Central Command and from 2001 to 2002 he served in the White House as special assistant to the President and deputy director of communications for planning.
Prior to joining the Executive Branch Mr. Wilkinson served for seven years in the U.S. Congress in several key roles for U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and as communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee.