Blackstone nabs Goldman PR head

Goldman Sachs’ director of media relations for the Americas, Peter Rose, is moving to Blackstone, where he’ll focus on public affairs.

Peter Rose, director of Goldman Sachsmedia relations in the Americas, is leaving the firm after twenty years to join The Blackstone Group.

An industry source said Rose will focus on public affairs for Blackstone, working on issues relating to politics and labour unions, among other things.

Blackstone has intensified its political activities this year, spending millions on tax lobbyists as Congress considers bills that would raise taxes on publicly traded partnerships as well as carried interest.

Rose will work with John Ford, who has led Blackstone’s PR efforts since 2000. It is unclear when he will take up his new post.

Rose joined Goldman’s Washington DC office in 1987, and nine years later opened the firm’s first US press office in New York. He spent approximately five years in Hong Kong, leading Goldman’s corporate communications in Asia, and in 2003 relocated to New York to lead the firm’s Americas communications. Prior to joining the investment bank, Rose was chief of staff to Congressman Mike Synar, a Democrat from Oklahoma, and a partner with Washington DC law firm Williams & Jensen.

Rose and Blackstone declined to comment.