WASHINGTON: Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, has started a consulting firm 10 months after stepping down as President Donald Trump’s top spokesperson.
RigWil LLC will be a strategic consulting firm providing insights to C-suite corporate and association executives, according to Spicer’s website.
Spicer is advising clients who are "looking to have meetings on the Hill, to be able to meet with the right people with the influence areas [they need], and to make those connections," according to RigWil chief of staff Kay Foley. He has as many as a dozen clients in finance, broadband, technology, and other industries, she said, though Foley declined to identify any of the companies.
Foley said she is Spicer’s only employee, but that number should grow this year.
After a tumultuous six months as Trump’s top spokesman, Spicer resigned from his position last July, reportedly after the president hired Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. Scaramucci was relieved of his role just 10 days later.
Spicer was replaced by his former deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
After serving as a senior adviser for communications to the Trump transition team, Spicer joined the incoming White House staff in January 2017 as both press secretary and White House communications director after Jason Miller abruptly pulled out of the latter role. Previously, Spicer was chief strategist and communications director for the Republican National Committee.
The notoriety Spicer received as White House press secretary has helped him grow the consultancy, said Foley.
"The name recognition has helped in terms of people wanting to work with him," she said. "Then they start to understand the scope of his knowledge and then want to continue to work with him."
This story was updated on May 30 with comment from Foley.