Brunswick bags Jon McLeod for UK head of public affairs post
Ex-Weber Shandwick lobbyist to resurface at City powerhouse.
Former Weber Shandwick public affairs chief Jon McLeod has taken a senior job at top financial PR and corporate lobbying firm Brunswick.
McLeod made a shock exit from Weber Shandwick last month after 21 years, latterly as corporate, financial and public affairs chairman. “Jon approached me earlier in the year to say that he was looking for another challenge,” said the the agency’s EMEA CEO Tim Sutton in an email to staff.
Now it has emerged that McLeod will join Brunswick as a partner and UK head of public affairs. The new role will see him working alongside figures such as former Daily Telegraph political editor Andrew Porter, now an established partner at the respected City consultancy.
“We are very excited to welcome Jon to the firm,” said Brunswick UK CEO Neal Wolin. “Jon has had an impressive career, working closely with major institutions across a variety of sectors. He brings with him a wealth of senior advisory and leadership experience to strengthen further our established public affairs capability in London, particularly as it relates to Brunswick's core financial situations and critical issues expertise.”
McLeod said in a statement: “Given the breadth and quality of Brunswick’s advisory team and client roster, this was the natural next step for me: I am delighted to be joining the partnership. I look forward to getting to know the firm and its clients better, working alongside outstanding colleagues in London and further afield to ensure that leadership and innovation in public affairs is right at the heart of Brunswick’s sustained evolution as a world-class advisory firm.”
Brunswick was founded was founded by the PR mogul Alan Parker and recently shook up its top team with group CEO Susan Gilchrist handing over the reins to Wolin, a senior executive and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Last year, David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff took Kate Fall a part-time role as an adviser and Brunswick.