Shandwick brings in two political marksmen - one left, one right

WASHINGTON, DC: Shandwick, already the country’s preeminent public affairs shop, has added two partisan sharpshooters to its stable of political gunslingers.

WASHINGTON, DC: Shandwick, already the country’s preeminent public affairs shop, has added two partisan sharpshooters to its stable of political gunslingers.

WASHINGTON, DC: Shandwick, already the country’s preeminent public

affairs shop, has added two partisan sharpshooters to its stable of

political gunslingers.



Republican National Committee press secretary Mike Collins and veteran

Democratic strategist Don Foley have both joined the Shandwick Public

Affairs (SPA) family. The additions mark the latest step in the firm’s

bid to create a public affairs capability unprecedented in size, scope

and prestige.



As chief operating officer and managing director of SPA, Foley steps

into a position that has been vacant since the merger of Shandwick’s

public affairs practice with Powell Tate.



He offers a worldly perspective to a firm that seems intent on seizing

global public affairs dominance. While he most recently served as VP of

worldwide corporate communications for Shandwick client Northwest

Airlines, he is well known in DC from his stints as executive director

of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and as an informal

advisor to the Clinton White House.



While residing on the other side of the political spectrum from Foley,

Collins is no less of a catch. Under his leadership, the RNC’s press

office often issued laceratingly witty news releases to skewer the

Democratic opposition. However, Collins will probably be keeping his

sharpest partisan barbs in check while at SPA: he will work closely with

chairman and CEO Jody Powell, formerly President Jimmy Carter’s press

secretary.



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