Brunswick group CEO hands over the reins after senior shake-up

Written by David Singleton on 8 February 2018 in News

Susan Gilchrist was the fist female CEO at the financial lobbying firm.

Brunswick has shaken up its top team with group CEO Susan Gilchrist handing over the reins to senior executive and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury Neal Wolin.

The financial lobbying powerhouse has shifted Gilchrist into the new position of chair, global clients.

Gilchrist became group CEO in 2012, making her the first female to fill the role since the company's inception in 1987. Before joining Brunswick in 1995, she was retail correspondent at The Times and also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Wolin steps into her shoes after three years as a senior counselor at Brunswick advising clients on financial, M&A, regulatory and public affairs issues. Prior to joining Brunswick, he was deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 2009 until 2013.

As group CEO, Wolin will be based in based in Washington, D.C. In addition, Helen James has been brought in as group chief operating officer. She was most recently chief executive of digital communications company Investis Limited.

Brunswick chairman Sir Alan Parker said: “I am delighted that Neal has agreed to take over as Brunswick’s CEO. The challenges facing our clients are more complex and varied than ever before, and Brunswick continues to evolve. Neal and Helen are ideally placed to lead us on the next stage of Brunswick’s journey.

"I would like to thank Susan and Rob for their leadership of the firm. They have overseen a period of huge expansion and development at Brunswick. As two of the most senior advisors in our industry I am excited that our clients will get to see more of them."

Brunswick has been signed up to the UK government’s lobbying register since April 2016, with AkzoNobel, Linklaters LLP and Prudential among the clients listed by the firm.


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