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Chris Ullman Joins Narrative Strategies as Senior Advisor

by | May 16, 2023

Former Carlyle Group Partner and Director of Global Communications to Play Strategic Role in Growing and Expanding Client Services

Washington, DC – Narrative Strategies announced today the addition of Senior Advisor Chris Ullman, a former Global Partner and Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group. Ullman is a longtime communications professional and public affairs strategist with extensive experience in the financial services industry, the executive branch, Capitol Hill, trade associations, and advocacy organizations. Ullman will play a senior role at Narrative that includes driving business development, building strategies for executive leadership, and mentoring team members across the firm.

“Chris is an institution in the world of communications and public affairs,” said Narrative Strategies Founding Partner Ken Spain. “He brings to our firm decades of experience in private equity and financial services, both in the private and public sectors, and puts us in an even better position to provide clients with world-class strategic counsel, enhance their reputations, and execute winning public affairs campaigns. Every member of our firm will learn from the valuable knowledge he brings.”

From 2001 to 2018 Ullman was an executive at The Carlyle Group, where he was a Global Partner and Director of Global Communications. Ullman’s role at Carlyle included extensive experience working with private equity, hedge funds, private credit, and real estate portfolios. He led communications efforts to take the company public in 2012 and was a key advisor to the company’s founders, portfolio company CEOs, and other high-profile business leaders. In 2018, Ullman founded Ullman Communications, a strategic advisory firm that has counseled CEOs and executives across a range of industries on corporate communications strategy, brand development, crisis management, reputation management, and internal communications. Ullman will continue to lead his own firm Ullman Communications.

“Innovative thinking, great client service, and an inviting culture drew me to Narrative,” Ullman said. “I look forward to helping Narrative’s leadership grow the business and mentoring their talented team of communications professionals.”

Ullman brings more than 36 years of experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to Narrative Strategies. Before joining The Carlyle Group, he led communications at the White House Budget Office, ran the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission public affairs office, and was a spokesperson for the U.S. House Budget Committee. Ullman also worked in communications roles at the American Electronics Association and Citizens for a Sound Economy. Ullman earned his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, is the Strategic Communications Expert in Residence at High Point University, and is a four-time international whistling champion. He is the author of Find Your Whistle: Simple Gifts Touch Hearts and Change Lives and the upcoming book Four Billionaires and a Parking Attendant: Success Strategies of the Wealthy, Powerful, and Just Plain Wise.

About Narrative Strategies

Narrative is a strategic communications firm solving today’s most demanding reputational and public affairs challenges. Our team knows firsthand how issues are framed in the newsroom, influenced by the war room, and interpreted in the boardroom. We tap this deep and varied experience to partner with the nation’s most recognizable companies and organizations to shape policy debates, mitigate reputational risk, and enhance public engagement outcomes. Our policy depth spans many industries, including tax, trade, healthcare, financial services, energy, technology, manufacturing, and more. To learn more, visit narrativedc.com.

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