WASHINGTON, D.C.— Powell Tate¦Weber Shandwick has hired three new senior staff members with extensive experience in defense, crisis management, and litigation support. Eric Hoffman, an expert in strategic communications programs surrounding high-profile and complex lawsuits, has been appointed senior vice president; Jamie Sullivan, an experienced communicator on defense issues, joins as vice president; as does Bernard Adelsberger, the former deputy editor of Defense Times.
In addition to his litigation support work, Hoffman, who was a senior vice president at Edelman before joining Powell Tate, has managed political outreach and issue-oriented media and grassroots campaigns and has worked with companies including MasterCard, Nike, US Oncology, the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform, Kaiser Permanente, and PhRMA. Previously, Hoffman was press secretary for the U.S. Senate campaign of Democrat Mark Warner, now Virginia’s governor.
Sullivan spent 22 years in the Army, including seven years at the Pentagon, where he developed communications programs for both internal and external audiences. After retiring in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel, Sullivan spent five years with Computer Sciences Corporation, providing communications support to the company’s federal business unit.
Adelsberger spent 14 years at the Army Times Publishing Company. For the last four years he was deputy editor of Federal Times, where he was involved in coverage of defense, homeland security, information technology, acquisition and contracting, regulatory issues, and Congress.