James Lake
James Lake

London’s Portland Communications has hired James Lake, who has more than 30 years of PA experience, to run its Washington office.

The former Reagan White House advance man served as a principal at the high-powered Robinson, Lake, Lerer & Montgomery shop, senior VP at Cohn & Wolfe, and chair of Burson-Marsteller’s US PA practice.

Most recently, he was running his own consultancy.

Portland’s DC office represents Qatar’s government communications office and works with Agence Francaise de Development to boost its image in the English-language media.

Omnicom owns Portland.