McKinsey & Co has named Neil Grace head of media relations for North America.
He spent nearly nine years at the Federal Communications Commissions, working as press secretary and senior communications & policy advisor.
Grace has PR firm experience, gained from a seven-year run as a director in Burson-Marsteller's issues & crisis management unit.
McKinsey's blue-chip image has been under assault from recent media criticism over its work for Saudi Arabia and US Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
On Dec. 4 the management consultant lashed out at a New York Times and ProPublica piece about its work for ICE, saying the article "fundamentally misrepresents McKinsey’s work, disregards facts that we provided before publication and misleads readers about both the substance and goals of our work."