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
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
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