WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hilary Rosen, CNN political contributor, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America and a veteran of the political, entertainment and new media worlds, has joined Brunswick Group as managing partner of its Washington, DC, office.
According to Steve Lipin, Brunswick's senior U.S. partner: "Events of the past three months underscore how critical Washington is to the business community. Companies are increasingly going to need a public affairs strategy to complement their business and corporate communications strategy."
Rosen has more than two decades of experience helping clients navigate and shape the political, legislative and public affairs agenda. She is currently a political contributor on CNN and political director and editor-at-large for The Huffington Post, though she will leave her position as political director as she joined Brunswick. She is also the former chairman and chief executive officer of the RIAA, the trade group representing the U.S. sound recording industry where she served for 17 years before retiring in June 2003.
Earlier in her career, Rosen worked for former Governor Brendan Byrne (D-NJ) and Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ). She served as the transition director in 1992 for then newly elected Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She was also a founder of Rock the Vote, the organization that promotes youth political involvement and currently serves on non-profit boards including The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Creative Coalition, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
NEW YORK—Veteran financial communications and mergers and acquisitions expert Susan Stillings has joined Brunswick Group’s New York office as a partner. Stillings will work on a range of financial and corporate communications clients, with a particular focus on investor relations, international crisis work, and mergers and acquisitions.
Stillings joins Brunswick from Edelman where she was executive vice president and global managing director of its financial communications practice. Prior to her position at Edelman, she was managing director of Ogilvy Financial’s Asia Pacific region. Previously, she was a managing director with Joele Frank, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher.
Before moving into agency work, Stillings managed global corporate communications for technology companies Iomega Corp. and Merisel. She began her career as a banker and was a vice president with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank).