Richardson to chair APCO's global advisory offering

WASHINGTON: APCO Worldwide named former New Mexico governor and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson the chairman of Global Political Strategies, the international advisory group that the agency launched last year.

WASHINGTON: APCO Worldwide named former New Mexico governor and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson the chairman of Global Political Strategies, the international advisory group that the agency launched last year.

It's the second recent appointment for the global group. APCO said last week that Mark Medish had been hired as the group's managing director, effective March 1.

The group, called GPS, is staffed by former officials who provide counsel about geopolitics, economics, and new markets to businesses, governments, and NGOs. The firm said the group has brought in half a dozen clients in the last year.

“Every day, clients want to know how to manage global needs,” said Margery Kraus, CEO of APCO Worldwide.

Richardson will keep his home in New Mexico but will have an office at the firm's headquarters in Washington, according to the firm. He is a former US ambassador to the United Nations, serves as chair of Freedom House, and ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

When GPS launched in January 2010, it was co-chaired by Anthony Lake, a national security adviser for President Bill Clinton, and Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of the US Department of Commerce.

Gutierrez, who was named vice chairman of Citigroup's Institutional Clients Group in December 2010, remains a member of the group but no longer serves as co-chair. Lake was brought in as executive director of UNICEF in May 2010. He is no longer affiliated with GPS.

Medish, who was also named an EVP at APCO, will be the first full-time staff member hired to support GPS. He is a former senior director of the National Security Council – work that Kraus said carries over to the private sector offering of GPS.

Medish will report to Kraus.

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