Michael W. Robinson is a trusted counselor and strategist to global C-Suite executives, Boards of Directors, elected officials, and financial market leaders. He has been directly involved with the highest-profile business, financial, and political issues of the last three decades, from the White House to Wall Street to the highest levels of Corporate America.
Mr. Robinson’s focus includes corporate communications, strategy, and reputation leadership for public and private companies; public affairs and legislative advocacy; crisis communications and regulatory-legal investigations and litigation; and corporate governance.
As the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Public Affairs and Policy Chief under Chairman Harvey Pitt, Mr. Robinson drove the development and articulation of the Commission’s policies and regulations across a wide array of issues, including the aftermath of September 11th 2001, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enron, WorldCom, and a host of other high-profile enforcement and political matters. He personally counseled the SEC Chairman and the individual Commissioners on all matters related to interactions with financial, political (Federal and State), corporate, and investor constituencies.
Mr. Robinson subsequently led the communications initiatives in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in connection with Freddie Mac’s $6 billion accounting restatement and successfully mitigated the political impact of this development to ensure continued vibrancy for the company in the global debt markets.
Mr. Robinson also directed global communications for The NASDAQ Stock Market and the NASD. While there, he led the effort to establish NASD Regulation as a viable regulator for the securities industry and created communications and marketing campaigns that positioned NASDAQ to retain its largest listed companies during a period of intense regulatory scrutiny and competitive challenges. As a leader at the global communications firm Hill & Knowlton, he counseled clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, Ernst & Young, and KPMG, spearheaded corporate reputation development, executive leadership campaigns, and corporate reputation initiatives, and put in place domestic and international crisis communications initiatives.
Mr. Robinson was also a key member of the global communication team for Mobil Corporation, and helped direct the successful communications strategy in support of the $98 billion Exxon-Mobil merger. He’s been a spokesman for the Criminal and Civil Divisions at the Department of Justice, as well as a member of President George H.W. Bush’s White House communications team, and was active in the campaigns of George H.W. and George W. Bush
Mr. Robinson is a widely quoted expert across a range of global financial, crisis, and Washington-based public affairs concerns. At The New York Times in the 1980s, Mr. Robinson was a member of the Business Section when it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the October 1987 stock market crash, and worked with the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.
- 2009 Public Affairs Executive of the Year PRNews.
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