FleishmanHillard Hires Kirsten Plonner to Lead Financial and Professional Services as Global Managing Director
ST. LOUIS, January 24, 2022 – FleishmanHillard today announced that Kirsten Plonner joined the firm as global managing director of Financial and Professional Services. In this newly created role, she will support the accelerated growth of the firm’s practice in this important industry, working closely with regional leaders who have built relationships and teams serving the agency’s financial and professional services clients across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
“Kirsten’s extensive experience in multiple segments of the financial services industry, combined with her work with media and as a strategist have equipped her with the skills needed to help our financial and professional services clients navigate the complexities of this moment,” said J.J. Carter, global COO and president Americas, FleishmanHillard “We expect that leaders in every industry will continue to face new risks, volatile market conditions and changing business requirements inside and outside of their organizations. Certainly, these conditions will characterize the environment for the global financial services and professional services industries. Kirsten and our client leaders are poised to help clients communicate authentically and effectively, when they need to move quickly with confidence to respond to threats and capture opportunities.”
Previously with FleishmanHillard from 2006 to 2009, Plonner most recently served as president for FiComm Partners where she managed the overall health and profitability of the financial services communications firm, as well as provided strategic communications counsel to senior executives within the wealth management industry, including crisis/issues management and thought leadership. Before FiComm she was director of strategic media and communications for Fidelity Investments. Plonner is also an adjunct instructor and graduate advisor at Columbia University, a role she’ll continue.
“As the financial services industry continues its dynamic expansion into 2022, I’m excited to rejoin FleishmanHillard during this pivotal and transformational time,” said Plonner. “The evolution of this increasingly complex industry is a direct result of multiple factors, including digital transformation, redefined social responsibilities, regulatory complexity and unprecedented business opportunities. As a result, the need for smart, strategic communications to support growth and engagement initiatives is unparalleled. I look forward to working closely with FleishmanHillard’s dynamic leaders around the world to help financial and corporate teams harness the power of strategic communications for their businesses and their people.”
FleishmanHillard’s Financial and Professional Services practice provides marketing communications, reputation management, crisis and issues support, and research, measurement and analytics services, with depth in communications strategy, media relations, employee engagement and organizational transformation, social media, earned and paid creative campaigns, thought leadership and executive visibility, public affairs programs and more than a dozen other services. FleishmanHillard serves more than 500 financial services and professional services clients in the world’s major financial centers, including leaders in the industry’s major segments, ranging from banking, payments, insurance, investment management and real estate to services providers in accounting, tax and consulting, and other professional disciplines.
FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. FleishmanHillard was named 2021 PRovoke Global Agency of the Year, 2020 Campaign Global PR Agency of the Year, 2019 PRWeek U.S. Outstanding Large Agency; ICCO Network of the Year – Americas 2017-2020; PRovoke Media Greater China Consultancy of the Year 2020; PRWeek UK Large Consultancy of the Year 2021; Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2018-2020; and to Seramount’s (formerly Working Mother Media) “Top Companies for Executive Women” list 2010-2021. 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 80 offices in more than 30 countries, plus affiliates in 50 countries.
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