NEW YORK: Edelman has named Steve Schmidt vice chair of public affairs as the firm looks to provide corporate clients with increased counsel on policy issues.
Schmidt, most recently a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, will be based in the firm's Sacramento office and will report to Matt Harrington, president and CEO of Edelman US. He is slated to start December 1 although the firm said he will be providing counsel on a limited basis until then.
"Steve is equally conversant in the arena of public affairs and policy as he is in corporate reputation," said Harrington. "I look at him in playing a lead role in working with our corporate clients at the intersection with public policy."
Schmidt's experience includes serving as senior advisor to Senator John McCain's presidential campaign and Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Edelman's US public affairs practice employs 170 people and works with clients such as the American Petroleum Institute, the Business Roundtable, and Monsanto.
"With Washington focused on key initiatives, whether it be in financial reform or healthcare reform or the general recovering economy, all of our corporate clients are increasingly engaged in DC," said Harrington.