Declan Kelly, the leading public relations consultant who left his firm Teneo last year after allegations of sexual harassment, has recruited American football star Tom Brady for his comeback project, according to his new firm’s website.
Brady, the National Football League star who recently announced his retirement from the position before reversing that decision, has joined Kelly’s new company Consello as a partner. according to website.
Other partners named on the Consello website include Oscar Salazar, Uber’s former chief technology officer, and Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm’s former chief executive.
Brady is described on Consello’s website as “a seasoned leader whose accomplishments are achieved through mastery of leadership skills, strategy, performance and teamwork.”
Disclosures are made according to the Financial Times unveiled in February that just months after being forced to leave Teneo, Kelly had discreetly started Consello, a public relations firm he co-founded with former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band.
Kelly’s attempt to restart his career comes less than 12 months after the FT first reported allegations that the 54-year-old had inappropriately touched women during it drunk at a May 2021 fundraiser for the charity Global Citizen, which prompted him to step down from his board seat at the charity and resign by Teneo.
Consello, which means “consulting” in Galician, is based in New York, was founded in July 2021 and focuses on investments, mergers and acquisitions advisory, business development and digital currency advisory, the website states.
The FT previously reported that Kelly had been operating under the radar for a handful of big clients, including Intel. He advised the chipmaker on the spin-off and proposed public listing of Mobileye, a driver-assistance and autonomous-vehicle unit that could be valued at up to $50 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
https://www.ft.com/content/8ffb95c8-d423-40c7-be90-560835af2ce1 Tom Brady joins the company founded by disgraced PR guru Declan Kelly