Subject Matter announced that Nicole Cornish, who most recently was U.S. Chief Operating Officer of Burson-Marsteller, has joined the firm as its first President and Chief Operating Officer.

Over the course of her 15 years at Burson-Marsteller, Cornish held a variety of roles, including U.S. Practice Chair and CEO of Direct Impact, Burson-Marsteller’s grassroots advocacy division, from 2011 – 2014. She joined Burson-Marsteller in 2002 as a Manager in their Brand Marketing Practice, ultimately advancing to the firm’s senior management.

“As anyone who meets her knows, Nicole is a brilliant, engaging, analytical thinker who well understands how to make a growing organization like Subject Matter more effective for our clients, and a really great place to work. While she has spent much of the last four years helping to run one of the world’s Top 5 PR agencies, she has continuously kept her hand in client work, and so has up-to-the-minute insight into how to manage client relationships and offer strategic counsel to some of the world’s foremost brands,” said Subject Matter CEO John Buckley.

As President and COO, Cornish will help the firm launch new services and practice areas, as well as continue its expansion into offering bipartisan government relations support. “I could not be more pleased to join Subject Matter during such an exciting transformation. As more of our clients demand the full range of services Subject Matter uniquely offers, I am eager to help develop an integrated environment and the distinct culture to enable us to meet that demand. The quality of the team is extraordinary, and so is this opportunity to work so closely with John and Subject Matter’s four founding partners,” said Cornish.

In July, Subject Matter will bring its 80 employees together into new office space in downtown DC, which will include a state-of-the-art production studio.

Subject Matter was formed in 2015 by partners Paul Frick, Dan Sallick, Jimmy Ryan, and Steve Elmendorf, the result of a merger between the strategic communications firm Home Front Communications and the government relations practice of Elmendorf Ryan.

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