George Thompson, Banner Public Affairs Partner

George Thompson, Banner Public Affairs


A partner at Banner Public Affairs, George Thompson leads the communications and media relations practice in Washington, DC.

In January 2014, George joined Banner Public Affairs from FleishmanHillard where he led the Washington, DC office’s Corporate Reputation Management and Public Affairs divisions.

During his nearly 17-year career at FleishmanHillard, George orchestrated integrated business-to-government (B2G) communications campaigns, which used a combination of media relations, public affairs, digital/social media, and third party mobilization, for companies selling products and services to the public sector. Working directly with business development and capture teams, his B2G client experience includes AT&T, CGI Federal, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), CTIA, Harris Corporation, HP, McAfee, Motorola and Northrop Grumman.

Drawing upon his strengths in B2G, reputation management and crisis communications, George was the lead counselor to FleishmanHillard’s cybersecurity clients, enabling government and corporate clients educate stakeholders, gain market leadership and/or restore stakeholder confidence in the wake of a cyber breach.

Beyond his government and defense industry client work, George has served as strategic communications counsel for a broad range of corporate technology, professional services companies and government clients in the U.S., Europe and throughout the Middle East. In 2001, George took on a temporary assignment in London to manage Nortel Networks’ Pan-European strategic media relations. In this capacity, George led the corporate and product communications teams in the optical networking and wireless markets.

George has a B.A. (Political Science) from the College of Wooster in Ohio and completed his undergraduate theses on nuclear non-proliferation economics and policy.


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