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Mercury Welcomes Jai Chabria, Announces Opening of Ohio Office

Columbus, Ohio – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announces the firm will be opening an Ohio office with the addition of Jai Chabria, a long-time adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich, as managing director.

“Jai Chabria’s extensive knowledge of the Ohio political landscape has made him one of the most valuable political advisers in one of the most important states in the country,” said Mike DuHaime, a partner at Mercury. “There is no doubt that Jai’s public and private sector experience will be a tremendous asset for our clients and help us hit the ground running as we build our business in Ohio.”

Chabria is currently assisting the Ohio Republican Party as Cleveland prepares to host the 2016 Republican National Convention this summer. He most recently worked as a senior adviser to Governor Kasich until February 2016.

“I’m excited about joining such a well-respected firm and helping Mercury expand its presence here in Ohio,” said Chabria. “Having been fortunate to have worked at the highest level of state government, I’m looking forward to using my business background and crisis management experience to help clients achieve success.”

Chabria has worked for Governor Kasich for the last two decades in several of his campaigns, on Wall Street and in his administration. Under Governor Kasich, Chabria served as Head of Personnel, recruiting more than a dozen cabinet members and senior staff. He also oversaw all gubernatorial appointments. Additionally, he provided strategic advice during the biennial budget process and helped establish JobsOhio, an innovative non-profit corporation that is dedicated to creating jobs and attracting new businesses to the state.

Chabria helped oversee the state’s response to multiple emergencies during his time in the Kasich administration, including the Toledo water crisis, the Ebola scare in Northeast Ohio in 2014 and a statewide power outage in 2012. In addition to his state government experience, Chabria worked in the private sector providing strategic advice in asset acquisitions and also in investment banking.

Chabria is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He is also a contributor to POLITICO’s “Insider Caucus”.

He lives in Powell, Ohio with his wife and two children.

Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm, continues to expand nationwide and across the globe, most recently through the addition of offices in London and Mexico City.

Michael Soliman Named Partner at Mercury: Soliman is 10th Partner at Global Bipartisan Public Strategy Firm


(Westfield, NJ and Washington, D.C.) – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm with 160 employees, announced that Michael Soliman has been made partner. Soliman is the 10th partner and works out of the firm’s New Jersey and Washington, D.C. offices, focusing on growing Mercury’s national and international presence.

“Michael Soliman has been a fixture in New Jersey and Washington politics for the last decade, and he has quickly made a name for himself in the private sector since joining Mercury,” said Mike DuHaime, partner at Mercury. “Michael’s extensive relationships on both sides of the political aisle and knowledge of state and federal government have made him an integral member of our firm and a trusted adviser to our clients. He is an invaluable resource at Mercury who will continue to expand our business.”

Soliman joined Mercury as Managing Director in 2013. He is a senior strategist to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and served as a key political adviser to U.S. Senator Cory Booker during his 2014 re-election campaign, and provides strategic advice to other high profile New Jersey elected officials. Prior to joining Mercury, Soliman served as Senator Menendez’s state director and chief of staff in New Jersey as well as campaign manager to Menendez’s successful 2012 re-election campaign.

“I am honored to serve as a partner at a firm like Mercury,” said Soliman. “Over the last three years, Mercury has continued to bring in new, exceptional talent from across the globe that has helped build this firm into an international brand. I look forward to continuing to grow with Mercury and its extraordinary team to help our clients achieve success.”

Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm, continues to expand nationwide and across the globe, most recently through the addition of offices in London and Mexico City.  In addition to Soliman, Mercury’s New Jersey office is led by DuHaime, Chris Christie’s top political adviser. Mo Butler, who served as chief of staff in New Jersey to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, joined the firm.

Michael currently resides in Hawthorne, NJ with his wife Karen.

About Mercury

Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. Our firm is not just led by top talent — we distinguish ourselves by having senior talent deeply engaged in each project from start to finish, a promise we keep to clients. The firm has an established global presence, with U.S. offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina, and international offices in London and Mexico City.

Mercury is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. Omnicom is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.