Michael O'Looney, a one-time New York Police Dept. deputy commissioner and WCBS-TV news reporter, is joining Brunswick Group on May 1.

Most recently, O'Looney was communications head at Elliott Management and corporate communications chief at both Barclays/Americas and Merrill Lynch.

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From his New York base, he will counsel clients on strategy, M&As, activism, crisis, and assorted reputational issues.

Brunswick also will bolster its San Francisco outpost on April 22 with the addition of Courtney Chiang Dorman.

Dorman will join from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she was COO and previously chief marketing officer. Earlier, she was director of marketing communications at Robertson Stephens, technology investment firm.

Brunswick CEO Neal Wolin said O'Looney and Dorman will strengthen the firm's advisory capabilities and will "prove enormously valuable to our clients in the US and elsewhere."

He looks forward to working with them both.