Lombardo to join Koch organization next month

Former Edelman and Burson-Marsteller strategy and public affairs executive Steve Lombardo will join Koch Companies Public Sector on February 3.

WASHINGTON: The Koch Companies Public Sector has hired Steve Lombardo as its chief communications and marketing officer, effective February 3.

He will join the organization from Burson-Marsteller, where he has served as chair of US public affairs since last April. Lombardo will handle communications and corporate reputation efforts for companies within Koch Industries, their overall corporate brand, and work done through the company's foundation and other philanthropic efforts.

He will report to Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries and will manage the corporate communications and Koch Creative Services teams. Lombardo will work in the organization's Wichita, KS, and Washington, DC, offices.

Koch Companies Public Sector LLC is the representative organization of corporation Koch Industries in public affairs.

The role is new at Koch. Lombardo said he is excited to “tell a story that a lot of the public is not aware of, in terms of what Koch is doing to improve people's lives.”

“I'm very excited about this because it's a very exciting time for the company, with what they're doing in the corporate sector,” he said.

Lombardo said that joining Koch Companies was an opportunity he felt was right for him at the right time. He added that he felt privileged to work at Burson, where he enjoyed his time.

Lombardo joined the WPP Group firm in April 2013 after serving as CEO of StrategyOne, a subsidiary of Edelman parent DJE Holdings. StrategyOne was integrated into the Edelman Berland unit after former Penn Schoen Berland president Michael Berland joined Edelman in September 2012.

Lombardo was also president of Lombardo Consulting Group, which became part of StrategyOne. He also worked on the 1992 reelection campaign of President George HW Bush, as well as serving as a research consultant to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

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