WASHINGTON: Don Riegle has emerged at public affairs powerhouse
APCO Worldwide as its new chairman of government affairs, less than a
month after parting ways with Shandwick.
Riegle's appointment flies in the face of widespread speculation that he
would open his own public affairs shop, and shows that he has made good
on his promise not to take much time off.
Riegle, the former senator from Michigan who built Shandwick's DC
practice from the ground up, described his new post as a very active
role. 'I'll be working with a great team of people to really think
through a number of government affairs and pubic policy issues,' he
When Riegle left Shandwick last month (PRWeek, March 12), he said he was
looking for another opportunity to assemble a team and build a
He denied that his new job indicated a change of heart. 'We've expanded
into a number of foreign markets in the last couple of years. There's a
big world out there and exceptional opportunities for continued
APCO, sister agency of GCI Group and part of Grey Worldwide, recorded
dollars 43 million in revenues in 2000 and has 19 international
Riegle fills a position previously held by Mike Johnson, who left APCO
last month for The OB-C Group (formerly O'Brien Calio). Margery Kraus,
president and CEO of APCO, called Johnson's departure an amicable one
and expressed excitement over Riegle's hiring. 'Don adds greatly to our
service offerings,' she said. 'He thinks beyond the moment, and we like
that at APCO.'