Brunswick's Rubin to grow clientele

LONDON: James Rubin, former assistant secretary of state and chief

spokesman for the State Department under Madeleine Albright, will join

the Brunswick Group today as a partner, splitting his time between the

London and New York offices and reporting to managing partner James


Rubin's main task will be to build the agency's European network and

help earn more US business. Tim Payne, partner and head of Brunswick's

New York office, said Rubin will be performing top-end international

client work, which includes financial, corporate communications and

international crisis communications.

Payne said Rubin's international contacts made him a top choice for the

corporate and financial communications firm.

'We can't think of anybody who's better placed to understand global

communications and help people tell their stories in that context than

someone who has done it for the US government,' said Payne.

Prior to joining the State Department, Rubin served as director of

foreign policy and spokesman for the Clinton/Gore '96 presidential

campaign. He also worked with Madeleine Albright in formulating US

policy at the United Nations.

The time-share agreement between London and New York is particularly

attractive to Rubin, whose wife, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour,

is based in London.

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