Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Greenbrier names Isselmann corporate relations/communications head

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

The Greenbrier Cos. has appointed Jack Isselmann director of Corporate Relations and Communications.

Isselmann, who reports to President and CEO William Furman, will lead Greenbrier’s relationships with political officials and candidates and provide strategic direction on legislative matters. He will also assume the public affairs responsibilities previously held by Director, Operations Analysis and Control and Public Affairs Susan Wilson, who is joining her husband on a multi-year expatriate assignment in China. Wilson will continue to do international consulting work for Greenbrier, reporting to the CEO and others.

Isselmann will also act as Greenbrier’s interface with the communities in which it has operations. As head of public affairs, he will direct Greenbrier’s charitable contributions program and manage company media relations and internal communication programs. Isselmann will supervise the company’s representation in various business organizations and coalitions as well as participate in Greenbrier’s legal and human resources operations.

Isselmann most recently was a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP and head of its Oregon Government Relations practice group. At Tonkon Torp, Isselmann served the Oregon University System, the Oregon Economic Development Association, the City of Hillsboro, and Greenbrier, among other clients. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp in 2006, Isselmann served as deputy director for the State of Oregon’s Economic and Community Development Department, and was on the Governor’s staff from 2003 to 2005. He also previously acted as a corporate lawyer, both in-house and in private practice, for Silicon Forest technology companies and was a principal in his own public affairs and government relations consulting practice.

Isselmann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California and earned his law degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. He serves on the board of trustees for All Hands Raised, and previously served on the boards of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.