Patrick Hillmann
Patrick Hillmann

Patrick Hillman, who handled public affairs and issue advocacy at the National Association of Manufacturers, General Electric and Levick, joined Edelman Chicago July 15 as executive VP in its crisis and risk group.

Hillmann comes to Edelman from Washington, D.C. communications firm Sortie Group, where he was co-founder and managing partner.

Since starting out in PR with Ketchum in Chicago in 2010, Hillmann has guided Fortune 500 companies in the technology, defense, health care, energy, finance and consumer packaged goods sectors through high-profile issues and led major public policy and crisis management initiatives.  

In his new post, Hillmann serves as a senior advisor in such areas as crisis and risk management, reputation recovery, and issue advocacy. He will also provide risk-vulnerability analysis and audits as well as delivering campaign-style insights for high-stakes litigation.