Based in Washington, D.C., Michael W. Robinson is a trusted counselor and strategist to global C-Suite executives, boards of directors, elected officials, and financial market leaders. Michael has been directly involved with the highest-profile business, financial, and policy issues of the last three decades, from Wall Street to the White House to the highest levels of Corporate America. Drawing on his experience at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice, The NASDAQ Stock Market, Mobil Oil, Freddie Mac, several global consultancies, and The New York Times, Michael combines senior-level capital markets experience with deep strategic communications expertise.
Michael headed the communications War Room at AIG during the 2008-2009 financial crisis; drove the successful multiyear corporate reputation campaign for CITGO; implemented the successful public affairs program that ensured regulatory approval for the Borse Dubai – NASDAQ merger; and led dozens of companies through a myriad of crisis issues including data breaches, Congressional and other investigations, product recalls, and white collar litigation.
As SEC’s Public Affairs and Policy Chief under Chairman Harvey Pitt, Michael directed the development and articulation of the Commission’s policies and actions across a wide array of issues including post-9/11 recovery, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enron, WorldCom, and a host of other high-profile enforcement and policy matters. Earlier in his career, Michael was a key member of the global communication team for Mobil Corporation, and helped direct the successful communications strategy in support of the $98 billion Exxon-Mobil merger.