Edelman hires APCO's Lisa Osborne Ross as head of DC office

Ross is succeeding Rob Rehg, who will now lead U.S. public affairs.

WASHINGTON: Edelman has hired Lisa Osborne Ross, a veteran of the Clinton White House and APCO Worldwide, as president of its Washington, DC, office.

Starting November 13, Osborne Ross will succeed Rob Rehg, who was named leader of Edelman’s U.S. public affairs practice. Both will report to U.S. CEO Russell Dubner.

Osborne Ross was most recently MD of APCO Worldwide’s Washington, DC, office. Previously, she worked at Ogilvy for almost 15 years, most recently as head of public affairs. In the Clinton administration, her roles included comms director for the Department of Labor, deputy director of the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission, and chief of staff of the Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach at the White House.

Nelson Fernandez, chairman of North America at APCO, expressed gratitude for Ross’ service in an emailed statement.

"I want to thank Lisa for her leadership of APCO’s Washington, DC, office and wish her well in her new role," he said. "It has been an exciting year at APCO, fueled by our renewed commitment to independence. We will continue to move confidently into the future under the guidance of [interim MD] Evan Kraus."

Kraus is president and MD of operations.

Osborne Ross couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

APCO recently received a capital injection after a Citibank-Monroe Capital partnership bought a minority stake in the firm from WindRiver, which had invested in APCO since its 2004 management buyout.  Management and employees received a greater stake in the firm as a result.

This story was updated to correct Krauss' title.

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