Names: Lowenstein lands at Podesta Group
Frank Lowenstein, the recently departed staff director at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will join the Podesta Group at the end of this month. Lowenstein will be heading up a team at Podesta that will be in charge of providing international consulting and representation to U.S. corporations that do business abroad, he told The Cable ...
Frank Lowenstein, the recently departed staff director at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will join the Podesta Group at the end of this month.
Lowenstein will be heading up a team at Podesta that will be in charge of providing international consulting and representation to U.S. corporations that do business abroad, he told The Cable in an interview today.
"I’m not going to be a lobbyist, I’m going to be representing U.S. corporations overseas and giving them advice on operating in foreign countries," he said. "The economy is so globalized now, but U.S. companies don’t always have a great idea of what’s going on in these countries."
Lowenstein focused on the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia during his years working for Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), and said he might begin his new career by concentrating on those regions as well. Specifically, the focus of the consulting will be on political risk management and government relations in foreign countries.
He was very clear that he won’t be representing any foreign nationals or foreign governments and he won’t be a registered lobbyist or FARA agent.
"Frank’s tested expertise will help drive a new line of international business, focused on navigating the complex maze that is the global marketplace. With a 61 percent increase in our international practice, he’s the ideal GPS system for clients in the global space," CEO Kimberley Fritts said in a release. "He’s been a driving force behind some of the most high-profile foreign policy initiatives and knows what it takes to get the attention of key decision-makers across the aisle and across the world. In short, he is a deal maker."
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