Chlopak Leonard Schechter snags Levick's Robinson

Chlopak Leonard Schechter & Associates has named the longtime Levick executive and former SEC and Freddie Mac spokesperson as a partner.

WASHINGTON: Chlopak Leonard Schechter & Associates has named Levick EVP Michael Robinson a partner, as the strategic communications firm looks to bolster its financial services and crisis practices.

Robinson has worked at Levick for the past nine years, where, in addition to his role as EVP, he was acting chair of the public affairs practice. During his time at the firm, he handled public affairs and crisis work for clients including AIG, the World Bank, Lender Processing Services, and DynCorp.

Prior to Levick, Robinson was chief spokesperson for the US Securities and Exchange Commission and director of communications at Freddie Mac, where he led communications initiatives in the US, Europe, and Asia for a $6 billion accounting restatement.

Robinson will focus on public affairs, financial, corporate, and crisis communications in the new role.

“There really is an intersection of those [sectors] now and what happens in one will go all over the world. The sky is the limit with the opportunities that exist today, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be here, which is a terrific platform,” he said. “Wall Street and Washington are closer than ever before, and it is important that companies and international organizations are communicating with them on an ongoing basis.”

Earlier in his career, Robinson was VP of corporate communications for Friedman Billings Ramsey, spokesman at the US Department of Justice, and an aide in the White House press office during President George HW Bush's administration.

Robinson added that a key part of his experience that he will bring to the role is the need to be “proactive.”

“To be a business in 2013 is to be in crisis at some point,” he explained. “It's not just being prepared, but going out in front."

This story was updated on September 6 with quotes from Robinson.

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