Brunswick Group adds two intelligence pros to its corporate data and privacy practice

Brunswick 112Brunswick Group announced on January 12 that former Pentagon Press Secretary and Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George Little will join the firm as a Partner in its growing Washington, DC office. Also today, Brunswick announced that former Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent, Siobhan Gorman, has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a Director. Both Dr. Little and Ms. Gorman will focus heavily on growing the firm’s Corporate Data and Privacy practice globally.

“Companies and organizations around the world are facing complex communications and public affairs challenges on issues relating to cybersecurity, privacy and big data, and George has consistently been front and center on these critical policy issues for decades,” said Group Chief Executive Officer Susan Gilchrist. “George brings an impressive government, public affairs and crisis background to our growing Washington, D.C. practice, and his skills and counsel will be an immediate asset to our clients worldwide.”

“Bringing in an established and well respected journalist of Siobhan’s caliber is exciting for the firm and expands our already dynamic practice in Washington, D.C.,” said U.S. Managing Partner Nick Lovegrove. “During her time as a journalist, Siobhan has covered some of the most complex issues relating to privacy, cybersecurity and national security, giving her deep subject matter expertise and a truly unique perspective, qualities that our global clients consistently demand. We are thrilled that she has joined our team.”

On his addition to the firm, Dr. Little said:

“Over the past decade, the cybersecurity landscape has changed profoundly and the threats facing governments and companies continue to grow more sophisticated and mission critical every day. Drawing upon my experience in government and time in consulting, I’m thrilled to join Brunswick to help expand the firm’s capabilities and expertise in advising companies as they navigate these difficult and high-stakes cybersecurity and data privacy related challenges.”

On her addition to the firm, Ms. Gorman said:

“I’m excited to join Brunswick as it expands its Corporate Data and Privacy practice, which will fill a critical need for a host of clients. I’m looking forward to translating my reporting experience on these issues into practice for companies seeking to get ahead of the curve on emerging privacy and cybersecurity matters.”

Dr. Little officially joins the firm on February 2, 2015, and Ms. Gorman officially joined the firm on January 5, 2015.

Dr. Little formerly served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for media relations, public information, community relations, and communications to U.S. service members and civilian employees of the Department stationed around the world. He also served as chief spokesman for the Department of Defense and Director of Public Affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Before joining the Department of Defense in July 2011 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, he was Director of Public Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, he served as the agency’s chief media spokesman, provided strategic counsel to the director and his senior leadership team, coordinated internal communications to CIA employees in the United States and abroad, and managed communications and outreach to the American public. Dr. Little began his communications work at the CIA in April 2007 as chief of media relations.

From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Little worked in the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, where he led the development of the congressionally-mandated National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel, and headed an interagency group responsible for assessing the U.S. government’s progress in the fight against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Dr. Little received his Ph.D. in international relations, with distinction, from Georgetown University, where he has also been an adjunct professor of international relations, the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations, and international law. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

Siobhan Gorman formerly served as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering intelligence, terrorism, cybersecurity, and surveillance issues.

Prior to joining The Journal in 2007, Ms. Gorman was a Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, covering intelligence and security. From 1998 to 2005, she was a staff correspondent for National Journal covering homeland security, justice, and intelligence; and in 1997 was also a research associate for “Bob Levey’s Washington,” at The Washington Post.

Ms. Gorman won the 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence for her coverage of the National Security Agency and in 2000 received a special citation in national magazine writing from the Education Writers Association. Ms. Gorman received her bachelor of arts in government from Dartmouth College.

SOURCE Brunswick Group