Tom Nides
Tom Nides

Tom Nides, who did a short stint as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, has joined Blackstone as vice chairman for strategy and client relations.

Howard Paster, who led WPP’s PR division after serving as CEO of Hill & Knowlton, recruited Nides in 2004 from Credit Suisse, where he was chief administrative officer.

Paster, a Democratic politico, had served as chief lobbyist for President Clinton and COO of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Nides lasted eight months at B-M before decamping to Morgan Stanley as COO and advisor to CEO James Gorman.

He then exited the investment banker to become Hillary Clinton’s deputy at the State Dept. Nides returned to Morgan Stanley in 2013 as managing director and vice chairman.

President Biden appointed Nides as ambassador to Israel, a post that he held from 2021 to 2023.

At Blackstone, Nides will work on special projects and global client relationships.