W.R. Timken, Jr. Former U.S. Ambassador, Joins Strategic Public Partners Group as Chairman of the Board

Timken to lead business development efforts and assist strategic government affairs efforts for existing clients

Jan 27, 2010, 11:04 ET from Strategic Public Partners Group

WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas Whatman, chief executive officer of Strategic Public Partners Group, announced today that W.R. "Tim" Timken, Jr. has joined the firm as chairman of its board of directors.

"Mr. Timken brings a breadth and depth of experience in local, national and international business and politics that very few people posses," said Whatman. "Our existing clients will benefit from his experience and wisdom and our firm will grow as he develops new client relationships for Strategic Public Partners Group."

Mr. Timken, having recently returned to the United States from The Federal Republic of Germany, where he served for three and a half years as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, brings his business and political acumen to Strategic Public Partners Group, where he will lead business development efforts and help guide current clients to meet and exceed their business and political goals.

"Now perhaps more than ever, businesses leaders need a thoughtful, strong voice who knows well both the private and public sector issues.  My new role with Strategic Public Partners Group allows me to continue to shape a better economic and political environment for businesses to succeed and for a more prosperous future to be built," Timken said.

During his private sector career, Timken served as chairman of the board of directors of The Timken Company from 1975 until August, 2005. Under his leadership, The Timken Company experienced significant growth and was transformed from a regional manufacturer of bearings to a worldwide leader in the bearing and alloy steel industries. He retired as an executive of the company at the end of 2003, but continued as non-executive chairman of the board until he became Ambassador to Germany.

Mr. Timken has been active in many professional associations, including serving as chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute. He was a member of the Council on Competitiveness, the U.S.-Japan Business Council and a founding member and past chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable

Strategic Public Partners Group is a full-service public affairs firm experienced in state and federal government relations, grassroots, marketing and communication, image and brand development, ballot initiatives and issue advocacy, with offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. More information about Mr. Timken's appointment and Strategic Public Partners is available at http://www.sppgrp.com /.

SOURCE Strategic Public Partners Group