WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ruder Finn, which earlier this month named former Fleishman-Hillard executive Barbara Shipley as managing director of its Washington office, continued to invest in the market with the appointment of Ron Christie, former special assistant to President Bush and public policy strategist, as executive vice president and director of global government affairs. He will be resident in the agency’s Washington DC office.
Most recently, Christia was of counsel at the D.C. law firm of Patton Boggs. He joined the firm in March 2004 after leaving the administration as acting director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising the Vice President on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax and other policy areas.
Prior to joining the Vice President’s staff, Christie briefly served as counsel to U.S. Senator George Allen (R-Va.). He also served as senior advisor to former House Budget Committee chairman John Kasich (R-Oh.), developing and coordinating the strategic legislative agenda for Congressman Kasich. In addition, Christie was in 2001 elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, a group devoted to promoting improved understanding of international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.
“Ron is a strategic addition to our Washington D.C. office,” says Kathy Bloomgarden, co-CEO of Ruder Finn. “His outstanding record and expertise on health issues, foreign governmental affairs and his experience in counseling clients on global issues, will make him an important member of our team and strengthened our ability to counsel clients at the highest level.”