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FleishmanHillard Appoints Kristin Hollins Corporate Reputation Lead, Americas

March 29, 2017

 

ST. LOUIS, March 29, 2017FleishmanHillard (FH) today appointed Kristin Kryway Hollins, senior vice president and senior partner, to lead FleishmanHillard’s corporate reputation practice group in the Americas.

Kristin Hollins

“Corporate reputation directly impacts a company’s valuation, license to operate, ability to credibly expand its market position and attract top talent,” said Marjorie Benzkofer, FleishmanHillard senior partner and global managing director of the Reputation Management Practice. “Few can match Kristin’s ability when it comes to counseling the C-suite ‘in the moment,’ helping them chart the right path for their businesses and engage their key audiences in authentic ways true to their company values. This combination is particularly important with the fast-paced dynamics taking place in American business and politics today.”

In her new role, Hollins will continue to lead the full-service corporate reputation practice in San Francisco, while advancing FH’s capabilities across the Americas, including the use of data and integrated communications to address today’s reputational opportunities and challenges. Hollins will lead the rollout of FleishmanHillard’s Authenticity Gap brand reputation research that will be released in the coming months and is part of the FH cross-functional policy communications team advising companies on communications strategy. Hollins joins the Reputation Practice leadership team alongside Nick Andrews, senior vice president and senior partner, in EMEA, and Rachel Catanach, senior partner and president, Greater China, in APAC.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve in this important role for our clients and agency,” Hollins said. “We can help expand our clients’ momentum and navigate any risk situation working across our practice groups, including corporate reputation, public affairs, crisis and issues management, and social and innovation.”

Hollins joined FleishmanHillard in 2007 to unite corporate and innovation storytelling in a way that authentically conveyed value creation, societal contributions and sector leadership. Today, she helps companies in all sectors identify reputation building opportunities and works with integrated teams across the agency’s global network to engage their major corporate stakeholder groups including investors, employees and partners, as well as media, analysts and influencers.

 

About FleishmanHillard
FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy.  FleishmanHillard was named PRWeek’s 2014 Global Agency of the Year and 2014 Asia Pacific Network of the Year, “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s 2013 A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2017; and among PRWeek’s 2013 “Best Places to Work.” The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has more than 85 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 43 countries. Visit us at www.fleishmanhillard.com.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

 

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FleishmanHillard’s Lesley Backus Named to PRWeek’s Champions of PR

March 28, 2017
Lesley Backus

ST. LOUIS, March 28, 2017 — Lesley Backus, SVP, partner and director, account planning, has been named to this year’s Champions of PR, presented by PRWeek.  Backus, who joined FleishmanHillard in 2010, has been instrumental in developing the agency’s branding and planning team, and oversees a team of brand strategists and a multimillion-dollar portfolio of clients. Aside from her outstanding client work, Backus was also the youngest member of the leadership team at the firm’s St. Louis headquarters, and is an outstanding mentor to young professionals in the office. The PRWeek Champions of PR list recognized 40 women in public relations and communications that are promoting innovation within their companies.

 

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John Saunders Named Honorary Parade Marshal for St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis

March 9, 2017

ST. LOUIS, March 9, 2016 – John Saunders, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard, has been named the Honorary Parade Marshal of St. Louis’ 48th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Originally from Dublin, Saunders is one of several Irish natives to serve as the parade’s Honorary Parade Marshal. This year, he joins several notable figures to lead the parade activities, including Irish guest of honor Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It is the first time in nearly two decades that a senior member of the Irish Cabinet will travel to St. Louis for the events. Other parade leaders include: founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr.; Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; Police Chief Sam Dotson; and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.

The parade, a hallmark event for St. Louis, is also known as its “Rite of Spring,” and will be dedicated to the city’s First Responders. In the past it has attracted more than 350,000 spectators, and this year will feature more than 130 units, including a Marine color guard, floats, bands and more than 5,000 marchers. Preceding the parade will be the 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run, the city’s largest locally organized run with more than 8,000 participants. Throughout both events, all are encouraged to use the hashtag #stlucky to share why they feel lucky this St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information about the parade, please visit www.irishparade.org.

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Rhona Blake Named Chairman of Public Relations Consultants Association

Rhona Blake

DUBLIN, March 9, 2017 — Rhona Blake, managing director of FleishmanHillard in Ireland, has recently been appointed chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). The PRCA is the trade association for public relations and communications agencies within Ireland. In her two-year term as chairman, Blake will work with the PRCA board to help the group achieve its work plan. She takes over from outgoing chairman Sharon Murphy, deputy CEO of Wilson Hartnell.

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FleishmanHillard Appoints Terri Owen as General Manager for St. Louis Office

March 1, 2017

ST. LOUIS, March 1, 2017 – FleishmanHillard today named Terri Owen, senior vice president and senior partner, as the new general manager of its headquarters office in St. Louis.

“St. Louis is the birthplace of FleishmanHillard and remains a critical centerpiece as our firm’s global headquarters 70 years later,” said J.J. Carter, FleishmanHillard chief operating officer and president, Americas. “Terri’s experience building teams, engaging talent and nurturing curiosity for more than two decades at the firm will help propel our largest office into the future.”

Terri Owen

In her new position, Owen will be focused on developing the vision and executing the strategic plan for the office, including client service, business acquisition, recruiting and staff development, innovation and investment in resources. Owen started at the firm while finishing her master’s degree in human resource development. After graduating, she was hired as an Assistant Account Executive to join the agency’s then three-person employee communications team. Owen helped grow the practice, eventually becoming the employee communications practice group lead in St. Louis and then the global internal communications practice leader. She has counseled dozens of the world’s best-known companies and brands ranging from AT&T and Monsanto to Saudi Aramco and the American Red Cross. Owen specializes in change management, training and development, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, cultural alignment, internal brand alignment, product launches and customer service initiatives.

“I’m honored to receive this opportunity of a lifetime,” Owen said. “Together with other leaders across the office I’m ready to build on the firm’s rich heritage, while empowering and strengthening our staff and capabilities.”


About FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy.  FleishmanHillard was named PRWeek’s 2014 Global Agency of the Year and 2014 Asia Pacific Network of the Year, “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s 2013 A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2017; and among PRWeek’s 2013 “Best Places to Work.” The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has more than 85 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 43 countries. Visit us at www.fleishmanhillard.com.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.