Porter Consolidates Public Affairs Ops Into Single Practice
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Porter Consolidates Public Affairs Ops Into Single Practice

Porter Novelli is integrating its various public affairs operations—including the former Nelson Communications Group and Goddard Claussen operations in California, acquired by Porter Novelli in 1999—into a single practice.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Porter Novelli is integrating its various public affairs operations—including the former Nelson Communications Group and Goddard Claussen operations in California, acquired by Porter Novelli in 1999—into a single practice, Porter Novelli Public Affairs.

By creating one practice, PN says it can now provide integrated public affairs solutions under one roof, supported by the other leading practices at the agency.  Partner and executive vice president Donna Lucas, who previously served as CEO and president of NCG Porter Novelli, has been named leader of the new practice. 

“Over the past several years, we have pursued a strategic vision to build a formidable public affairs presence on both coasts,” said Helen Ostrowski, global CEO. “By leveraging the excellent reputations and offerings of our three public affairs teams, Porter Novelli is able to offer seamless, comprehensive public affairs service throughout the U.S.  Donna’s proven track record of leadership and success at NCG, and her reputation in the public affairs arena make her the perfect choice to lead our public affairs practice.”

PNPA has represented clients including The Business Roundtable, The Health Benefits Coalition, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Mortgage Insurance Companies of America, the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy, and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. 

Lucas, meanwhile, has advised clients ranging from major corporations and non-profits to labor unions, political campaigns and large associations and currently serves as chairman of the American Association of Political Consultants. Before joining Nelson, she served as a press secretary to Governor George Deukmejian, and director of public affairs at the California Treasurer’s Office.

Other members of the public affairs team include Carolyn Tieger, who opened GCPN’s Washington office and previously held leadership posts on Capitol Hill, in the White House and at international public relations firms; Roger Lowe, who heads the public affairs practice Washington, replacing Suzy DeFrancis, who accepted a position with the White House; Frank Schubert, who leads the GCPN Sacramento office; Michael Kehs, COO of GCPN’s Washington office, and a 20-year veteran of complex issues management, crisis and advocacy campaigns; Karen Hutchens, senior vice president and general manager of PN San Diego; Linda Martin, general manager of PN’s Orange County office; and Bill Schreiber, who recently moved from senior vice president to acting general manager of PN Sacramento.

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