Brian Symmes

Brian Symmes, who was deputy chief of staff for communications for South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has joined McGuireWoods Consulting.

He began his career as deputy press secretary for then-SC governor Nikki Haley in 2013 and took over the communications team when McMaster took the reins at the Palmetto State.

Symmes was McMaster’s chief spokesperson and primary contact for cabinet agency directors and public information officers looking for media relations guidance.

He also led crisis communications during natural disasters (hurricanes and floods) and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jim Hodges, ex-SC governor and MWC president, called Symmes “a skilled communicator and problem solver” with extensive relationships with state’s business, political and government leaders.

MWC’s SC office is in Columbia.