Chip Smith, a veteran Democratic strategist and CEO of the lobby and public affairs firm Glover Park Group, will become the chief lobbyist at 21st Century Fox, the media corporation founded by Rupert Murdoch.
Smith, a top adviser for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, will take over many of the duties of Michael Regan, the longtime lobbyist for 21st Century Fox and News Corp. who is slated to leave the company at the end of June. Smith will take on additional responsibilities beyond pure legislative strategy — while Regan is a regular on Capitol Hill, Smith has spent his career as a communications strategist, not a Hill lobbyist, and will bring that sensibility to 21st Century Fox.
Smith’s title will be executive vice president of public affairs. He will report to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch, and be based in Washington and New York. He will oversee the company’s policy operations in the United States, Hong Kong, Brussels and Britain.
“At a time of unprecedented change in our industry, it is more critical than ever that the policy and regulatory community truly understand our business, the value of what we do, and the broader creative community of which we are a part,” James Murdoch said in a statement. “Chip’s decades of experience helping global institutions navigate complex challenges, as well as his track-record as a founder and leader of a fast-growing and innovative business make him uniquely suited to the task at hand.”
Smith was deputy campaign manager for Gore’s 2000 presidential run, directing the campaign’s day-to-day operations. He co-founded Glover Park Group in 2001 with Clinton and Gore aides Carter Eskew, Joe Lockhart and Mike Feldman. Eskew is a contributor to The Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog.
Glover Park Group has been representing 21st Century Fox and its predecessor company, News Corp., for several years as an outside consultant.
Glover Park Group was bought in 2011 by WPP, the London-based holding company that also owns many other major lobby and public relations firms including Prime Policy Group, Quinn Gillespie, Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller.