APCO picks Gadi Dechter to lead public affairs practice

Dechter had served as a staffer in the White House since 2013.

WASHINGTON: APCO Worldwide has named Gadi Dechter as its public affairs practice lead, the firm said Monday morning.

Dechter has held numerous roles during his time in the Obama administration. He has served as director for international economics for the National Security Council and deputy director of the office of policy and strategic planning. Dechter will be based in Washington, DC.

He served as MD for economic policy at the Center for American Progress before joining the White House in 2013 and as a journalist for Bloomberg News, the Baltimore Sun, and the Baltimore City Paper. Dechter has also taught public policy communications at George Washington University and Georgetown University.

Dechter said he plans to use his grasp of the policy space as an asset when helping clients seek a strategy to reach stakeholders. While working for the federal government, he noticed companies and organizations could "be influential if they understand how the levers of policy work."

"The greatest compliment a policymaker can make is that a company is helpful," he said. "Sophisticated companies find ways to be helpful and find a seat at the table. When things happen – good or bad – they have an opportunity to be heard."

APCO saw global revenue of $118 million in 2014. The firm had a global headcount of 635 for last year.

Brad Staples became the agency’s CEO early this year, replacing Margery Kraus, who moved to the role of executive chairman.

This story was updated on July 13 with comment from Dechter.

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