MAD Global Strategy announces expansion into Pa., 2 key hires

MAD Global Strategy, the public affairs firm founded by Mike DuHaime, announced two new hires Monday — one of whom will lead the firm’s expansion into Pennsylvania.

Frank Buonomo, a seasoned public relations and government relations professional who has worked extensively in professional sports and banking and has run his own public relations and marketing company, will head up the firm’s new Pittsburgh office.

Audrey Lane, a councilwoman in Mountain Lakes with over two decades of experience through her work as an elected official, political and policy professional, and communications specialist at Hearst Magazines, also is joining the firm.

Mike DuHaime. (File photo)

Pennsylvania marks the third state for MAD Global Strategy, which was founded in 2021. It opened an office in Ohio in June.

DuHaime welcomed both.

“Frank Buonomo is a true communications professional and a person of the highest integrity, and we are lucky to have him join our firm,” he said. “His unique and diverse experience is a tremendous asset to our growing team.”

Buonomo, who played hockey at Rutgers University with DuHaime, has worked in senior communications and operations roles with five NHL teams, including the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also has worked at Dollar Bank, which has operations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.

“I am excited to lead MAD Global’s expansion into Pennsylvania,” Buonomo said. “With operations in New Jersey and Ohio, this is the perfect opportunity for growth for the company here in the Keystone State.”

DuHaime, a key player in Republican politics in New Jersey, said Lane’s background makes her an ideal fit.

“Audrey Lane is well-respected in local government circles in New Jersey, thanks to her dedication to the community she serves,” he said. “Audrey brings a wealth of contacts across New Jersey’s business and political communities, as well as deep experience in communications.”

Lane said she was excited to join.

“MAD Global has attracted some of the best in the public affairs business,” she said. “I am excited to join such a talented team and help advance the company’s continued growth.”

MAD Global has attracted an impressive team.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.S. Sen. Jeff Chiesa and former New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino serve as members of MAD Global’s advisory board.

Senior Democratic strategist Laura Matos, public affairs campaign professional Bill Hildebrand and former CNN and MSNBC producer Emily D’Alberto all joined MAD Global earlier this year.

Republican strategist Jai Chabria runs the company’s Ohio operation, with the help of communications professional Taylor Van Kirk.