Richard Powell is a Partner and the Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Corporate Development at Consello.
Rick’s career has included senior management roles in communications, public affairs, government relations and venture capital firms. He has spent considerable time orchestrating global projects for multinational corporations, as well as providing political and communications advice to CEOs and world leaders, including the Prime Minister of Italy and the President of the Ukraine.
Prior to joining Consello, Rick was President of Chobani Futures and Vice Chairman and President of Strategy at Teneo. Prior to Teneo, Rick was Bloomberg L.P.’s Chief Communications Officer, where he built Bloomberg’s global communications strategy and infrastructure to support the company’s core financial products business, as well as its growth in new products and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Rick was Chief Operating Officer Worldwide of Burson-Marsteller, the global public relations and communications firm. He also served as the Global Chair of Burson-Marsteller’s Corporate Practice and counseled many clients, including Coca-Cola, HP and Accenture.
Before his 2007 return to Burson-Marsteller (where he started his career), Rick served as Managing Director of Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA), one of Washington, D.C.’s leading public affairs and lobbying firms. At QGA, he managed the financial and operational functions of the firm and provided public affairs and corporate communications counsel to a variety of QGA clients, including: Bank of America, HP, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Dell. He also managed QGA’s International Practice and led projects in China, Brussels, Italy, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia and the Ivory Coast. Additionally, Rick helped guide the acquisition of QGA by WPP in 2004.
Rick previously worked in venture capital management, first as co-founder and Managing Director of Washington, D.C.-based technology incubator, VenCatalyst, and then as Managing Director of the New York office of Idealab after its acquisition of VenCatalyst.
Rick received a B.B.A in Business and a B.A. in Political Science from Southern Methodist University.