Shawn Whitman is FMC Corporation’s Vice President of Government Affairs and he also serves on the FMC Operating Committee.
Shawn leads the global government affairs function which is based in Washington D.C. FMC Government Affairs advises corporate and commercial leadership regarding policy, regulatory, political matters and stakeholder issues around the world. Shawn and the government affairs team work closely with policy makers, industry associations, government officials and external groups to advance FMC’s corporate objectives.
Shawn has served in a variety of leadership capacities during his 25-year career in government affairs, including more than 16 years in the U.S. Senate serving as a chief of staff for two U.S. Senators. As chief of staff, he was the principal advisor to the Senators managing all aspects of their DC and state offices. Shawn developed major message themes, policy and political objectives, and strategic campaigns in coordination with White House, congressional leadership, federal agencies and state officials. He was also responsible for re-election campaigns, fundraising and managing political consultants.
Prior to joining FMC in 2013, Whitman was a partner for a private consulting firm as a lead Senate strategist for the consulting firm which represents Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, and non-profit organizations. Shawn provided strategic policy and regulatory insight to clients engaged in energy and environment, health care, technology, telecommunications and natural resource production. Shawn specialized in crisis management specific to Congressional oversight, public perception challenges and media inquiries to achieve public policy goals.
He currently serves on the board for Grand Teton National Park Foundation and is the Vice Chairman for The Congressional Award Foundation. Shawn is also a Senior Congressional Fellow with the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership.
A Wyoming native, Shawn grew up on a cattle ranch and earned his bachelor of science in Agricultural Business from the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Kristin have two daughters and live in Alexandria, Virginia.