NEW YORK: Albert "Rusty Brashear has joined Hill & Knowlton as senior counselor in the firm's corporate practice.
In April, Brashear retired as chief communications officer of Motorola, which currently retains H&K. He will be working with H&K's corporate clients on such issues as media relations strategy, crisis work, and corporate governance.
"We want to have the reputation of providing the highest level of senior corporate counsel for companies that have significant issues, or are undergoing change or dealing with significant reputation-management challenges, explained Harlan Teller, president of the agency's corporate practice.
"You have got to have as much senior-level bandwidth as you can get."
Following his retirement, Brashear had not planned to take on such a significant role. But he was intrigued by the opportunity to advise companies from an external position. "It's interesting to come in from 50,000 feet and look at a problem without all the baggage, Brashear said.
He will also be involved in business development for the firm, bringing his perspective as a former consumer of PR services to the challenge.
Brashear is a former journalist who later served as White House deputy press secretary during the Reagan administration. He was also head of communications for the EPA.