[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/27/art.gillespie0427.gi.jpg caption="Ed Gillespie, who served as a counselor to former President George W. Bush, is starting a new firm."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Ed Gillespie, former counselor to President George W. Bush, is launching a new communications firm.
The new firm, Ed Gillespie Strategies, will offer communications services like reputation and crisis management and help preparing for governmental hearings and media interviews, according to the company's Web site.
Gillespie worked in the West Wing as an advisor to former President George W. Bush during the last 18 months of Bush's presidency. Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also helped Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito prepare for the confirmation process.
In order to take the counselor post with the Bush administration in mid 2007, Gillespie cut all ties with Quinn Gillespie and Associates, a bipartisan communications and public affairs firm in Washington.