McGuinness was most recently the UK’s deputy national security adviser, for intelligence, security and resilience, where he advised the Prime Minister and National Security Council on policy and decision-making on homeland security issues. These included national resilience and crisis response, cyber security, counter-terrorism, and the UK’s response to action by hostile states.
Brunswick said McGuinness will advise on crisis and resilience issues, providing senior counsel to clients on business and political risk. He will work closely with the agency’s regional and specialist leads across Cyber, Litigation, Geopolitical, Activism and Regulatory Affairs, Brunswick stated.
McGuinness’ earlier roles included positions in the Diplomatic Service with leadership roles on the Middle East and Africa, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Proliferation, and aspects of Cyber. He served in British Embassies in Rome, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Sana’a. He became an OBE in 1997 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2014.
Brunswick CEO Neal Wolin said: "I am hugely excited that Paddy has joined Brunswick. His impressive background and skillset will be of huge value as clients navigate a difficult external environment and have to plan and prepare for the worst."
McGuinness said: "I am thrilled to join Brunswick and to have the opportunity to bring my experience to bear on clients’ issues in order to make their businesses more resilient in these uncertain times."
Other recent appointments at Brunswick have included former George W Bush administration official Lanhee Chen, who joined as a senior counsellor. In March the agency promoted six directors - including two apiece in London and the US - to the partnership.