Steven Goldberg
Steven Goldberg

August, a strategic communications advisory firm led by former Sard Verbinnen managing director and Finsbury partner Steven Goldberg, launches. The firm’s core practice areas include crisis management; financial restructurings and Chapter 11 cases; blockchain, digital assets and fintech; discrimination, bias and diversity; and corporate positioning and reputation management. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the firm has capabilities to serve clients across North America and plans to establish a presence in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 2022. “We founded August on the conviction that the best way to achieve excellence in helping clients tell their stories during their times of greatest need is by cultivating a team with deep expertise and empowering individuals to do their best work,” said Goldberg. August’s executive team also includes SVB managing director and former chief public information officer for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York Ellen Davis.


Edelman Global Advisory, which provides business and government advisory services, launches its International Advisory Board. Inaugural members of the board include former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, former UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova and Carolina Barco, who served as minister of foreign affairs for Colombia. The board will provide advice and counsel to the newly formed EGA business. “Each of the advisory board members brings a track record of success in their individual fields,” said EGA chief executive officer Deborah Lehr. “As we bring on additional members and expand the board, we will continue to ensure its members represent different regions, backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.”


Pugh & Tiller PR is named Best PR Agency by the readers of The Daily Record, a business and legal newspaper published in Baltimore. This is the second year in a row Pugh & Tiller has been named a winner in the publication’s reader rankings, which recognize top organizations in the region’s business and legal communities. Pugh & Tiller has also been named a top Baltimore PR firm by Expertise, a Seattle-based online directory that identifies top service professionals in more than 100 business categories including public relations. The Annapolis, MD-based firm specializes in technology, professional services, real estate and healthcare/employee benefits.