NEW YORK—Merrill Lynch & Co. has named former State Department public diplomacy chief Margaret Tutwiler as senior vice president and head of global communications and public affairs. Tutwiler joins after serving as head of global communications and government relations for the NYSE Euronext and its predecessor company NYSE Group.
Tutwiler will report to John Thain, who succeeded Stanley O’Neal as chairman and CEO last month and will assume responsibility for all external and internal communications activities, including media and government relations; employee, business group, executive shareholder and public policy communications; corporate marketing and brand identity; and other related activities.
According to Thain, who was chief executive at the NYSE, “We were fortunate to have her on the team at the NYSE when I was there and benefit from her successful efforts positioning the company on a global level.”
Tutwiler succeeds Jason Wright, who had been the company’s head of global communications and public affairs, working closely with O’Neal, since September, 2003. Wright will remain with the company for the next few months as an advisor to senior management and to help in the transition.
Prior to the NYSE Euronext, Tutwiler was the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs from 2003 to 2004. She previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from July 2001 until August 2003 and in the White House as assistant to the President and special adviser for communications from January to June of 2001. Under the administration of President George H. W. Bush, she was the State Department spokesman and assistant secretary of state for public affairs.
Before joining Merrill Lynch, Wright was head of worldwide communications for Nabisco Group Holdings and its predecessor RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp.