Gillespie launches new DC firm

WASHINGTON: Ed Gillespie, counselor to George W. Bush during the last 18 months of his presidency, has launched a strategic consulting firm.

ALEXANDRIA, VA: Ed Gillespie, counselor to George W. Bush during the last 18 months of his presidency, has launched a strategic consulting firm. Ed Gillespie Strategies will provide companies, CEOs, trade associations, and other organizations with message development services, crisis and reputation management counseling, hearing and interview preparation, and other services. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Gillespie was the chair of the Republican National Committee in the 2004 election cycle.

"After leaving the White House I gave a lot of thought to what I wanted to do next," wrote Gillespie in an e-mail to PRWeek. "One of the first things I decided was that going back to lobbying didn't feel right. My first love has always been strategic planning, mapping out how to get from point A to point B. And message development, delivery and communications strategy have always come naturally to me."

Gillespie said in the e-mail that the firm does have clients, but declined to name them.

Gillespie had previously cofounded Quinn Gillespie and Associates as a bipartisan public affairs firm, and prior to that, he was president of Policy Impact Communications.


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