WASHINGTON: MWW has hired veteran political campaign manager Paul Tencher as its first global public affairs leader.
He is serving as SVP, national director of public affairs, and deputy director of its Washington, DC, office.
Tencher stepped into the role last month, reporting to CEO and founder Michael Kempner and Robert Knott, who also joined the firm last month as senior MD in its DC office.
Tencher is overseeing all public affairs work conducted by the firm. He is tasked with strengthening MWW’s expanding national public affairs practice by guiding clients through influencer engagement strategies to advance new market opportunities.
He will also help to manage the operations and strategy of the Washington office.
"Coming from the political world into the private sector, I bring a different strategic mindset," Tencher said. "I am certainly up on the latest and greatest technologies and strategies around the country we have applied to campaigns for candidates and will now apply that to clients on the corporate side."
Tencher most recently managed a victorious 2014 campaign for Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and helmed Sen. Joe Donnelly’s (D-IN) winning campaign in 2012. Previously, he served as campaigns director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, focusing on early candidate recruitment and campaign management.
In 2010, Tencher was coordinated campaign manager for Democratic Governors Association chairman and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. He also was a strategic adviser to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 2013 Academy Awards.
MWW’s senior hires in the past six months include Arthur Schwartz as SVP and MD in the firm’s corporate communications practice and Jess Seilheimer, former SVP of digital innovation and strategic planning at Havas, as chief strategy officer.