Simon McGee, former press secretary for UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, has joined the London offices of APCO Worldwide, where he’s been named executive director in the agency’s global solutions practice.
McGee has served as a personal communications advisor to four cabinet ministers — including Johnson’s predecessor Philip Hammond, who now serves as Chancellor of the Exchequer — and was media head for three government departments, including leading Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service’s worldwide media operations, where he developed communications efforts around foreign and domestic policy initiatives and international crises.
He was previously a parliamentary lobby correspondent as well as a reporter for The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Yorkshire Post.
As executive director, McGee will help lead the global solutions practice internationally, which advises clients though geopolitical issues, investment opportunities and crises. He’ll work with practice chief Frank Lowenstein, former special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and senior advisor to former Secretary of State John Kerry, who joined the beltway PR and business strategy giant in December.