Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte
Public Affairs Liaison Officer, JTF-NCR, to the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, U.S. ARMY
LTC Paul Bamonte has served nearly 20 years in the United States Army as an active duty member in leadership positions that has taken him across the globe, pursuing initiatives ranging from strategic communications and public affairs, inter-agency coordination, international partnership building, and organizational change management and strategic planning. LTC Bamonte most recently served as Public Affairs Liaison Officer with the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee as well in the same capacity for the 2013 Inaugural Committee. Previously, he was the Army Music Liaison Officer for Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, serving as the senior U.S. Military music advisor for U.S. Army Central Command where he initiated the first-even international partnership with the Kuwait National Guard with a subsequent visit to the United States. During this assignment, he also traveled to Afghanistan assisting in the training and partnership building with the 205th Corps Afghan National Army in Kandahar and documented his initiatives as a Public Affairs Officer to the command. LTC Bamonte currently is pursuing an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from The Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is a graduate of the Army’s Intermediate Level Education and the Public Affairs Qualification Course from the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland. He lives with his wife in Woodbridge, VA and plans to stay in the National Capital Area upon retiring from the United States Army in the spring of 2017.
Citywide Communications Director, CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Karen Boyd is a seasoned communicator with more than 20 years of experience directing strategic communications programs for public agencies, including city and county governments and federal agencies. She is currently the Citywide Communications Director for the City of Oakland, where she has dedicated herself to harnessing the power of strategic communications as a tool for social justice, enhancing public trust in government and creating a positive social impact in her community.
Global Head of External Affairs, GE OIL & GAS
Stephanie Cathcart is Global Head of External Affairs and manages public and external affairs, thought leadership, reputation management, and CSR for GE’s Oil & Gas business. Stephanie and her team are responsible for protecting and enhancing the reputation and brand of GE Oil & Gas. She leads integrated communications strategies that support business objectives and strengthen relationships with key audiences. She assumed this role in 2014 after serving as Communications Leader for Sub Saharan Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Stephanie worked for GE (Corporate) managing global public affairs before joining GE’s Oil & Gas. She worked on a range of issues for the company and its businesses, and leading many of GE’s partnerships. In this role she established and led GE’s advanced manufacturing initiative, and handled key reputation and policy priorities for the company.
Before joining GE, Stephanie directed federal public policy media and communications for the NFIB, the U.S.’s largest small business association. Previously, she was press secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor. Also, she directed media activities for the 2005 Presidential Inauguration, and served as Michigan Communications Director for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. She began her public affairs career at Edelman, where she spent several years working with Fortune 500 clients.
Stephanie is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and lives in Arlington, VA.
Jennifer R. Farmer
Managing Director of Communications, PICO NATIONAL NETWORK
Jennifer R. Farmer is an author and leading professional in communications strategy. She has made her mark in social justice movements for 15 years having held a number of senior leadership positions in non-profit organizations and working with former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. She currently serves as communications director for PICO National Network, and is the founder of Spotlight PR, LLC. Farmer’s understanding of the intersection of policy, advocacy and media has helped establish the groups she’s worked with as leading voices in contemporary civil rights. Farmer is the author of the forthcoming book, Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget, which will be released in the summer of 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Communications, FEDEX
Patrick Fitzgerald serves as a primary champion of the global FedEx brand and reputation, guiding the company’s marketing initiatives to highlight the position of FedEx as one of the world’s most respected and valued brands. In his role as Senior Vice President, he is responsible for integrated marketing, retail marketing, global brand management and brand engagement, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and corporate communications.
Fitzgerald joined FedEx Ground in 2007 as Director of Communications and was promoted to Vice President of Communications in 2011. While there, he received the prestigious FedEx Five Star Award for significant contributions to FedEx Ground growth, the FedEx brand and reputation through strategic communications and counsel, campaigns, top tier media relations, workplace communications and crisis management.
Before joining FedEx, Fitzgerald held senior leadership positions in marketing and communications at several leading corporations, including Mylan, Inc.; General Nutrition Centers (GNC); and Midway Games, Inc. He also served in senior leadership positions at two of the world’s largest public relations firms, Ketchum and Edelman.
A graduate of Indiana University, the Chicago native currently lives in Memphis, TN, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.
Major General Malcolm B. Frost
Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. ARMY
Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost is responsible for all communication issues involving the United States Army including the professional development of military and civilian Public Affairs personnel. He is charged with the formulation of communication and public affairs strategies, plans and policies, and serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army; Chief of Staff, Army and other senior Department of Defense leaders on communication matters relating to the Army. MG Frost served from 2012-2014 as deputy director for operations in the National Military Command Center, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, and deputy commanding general – Support, 82nd Airborne Division on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 2014-2015. He is a native of Torrance, California, and received his commission in the infantry after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1988.
Principal, Corporate and Strategies Practices, W2O GROUP
Gary Grates is a globally renowned and respected expert in change management communications, crisis/issues protocol, employee engagement and corporate strategy execution, counseling senior leaders from global organizations.
He has more than 25 years of experience counseling more than 100 organizations and CEOs, including Kraft, Nissan, GM, Carrier/United Technologies, Pfizer, Sanofi, Merck, Exxon/Mobil, P&G, Shell, PepsiCo, Visa, eBay, Chevron, British Airways, Otsuka, VW, Volvo, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch/InBev and Harley-Davidson, to name a few.
A frequent lecturer and author on issues facing corporate management and communications professionals worldwide, he has published more than 200 articles/white papers on the strategic importance of communications in achieving business excellence.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications; a Teaching Professor at ABERJE — the Brazilian Public Relations Association; a former Trustee of Utica College of Syracuse University; and a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, PRSA, IABC, National Corporate Directors Association (NACD) and the Institute for PR Research (IPR). He was named one of the Newhouse School’s top “40” graduates.
Gary holds a bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and a master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Robert W. Grupp
Graduate Program Director and Instructor, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Summit Director, THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
Robert Grupp is President at Grupp Global Partners LLC, a management consultancy with a strategic focus on corporate communications and international public relations.
He also serves as Instructor and Director of the Master of Art in Mass Communications graduate program specializing in Global Strategic Communication in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
For three decades, Grupp led communications teams and managed public affairs in corporations, multi-national organizations and nonprofit institutions. Grupp served as Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs at Cephalon, Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company. He also held leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Company, Dow Corning Corporation, and Consumers Energy.
Grupp chairs annual summits on strategic communications in Washington, D.C. and in London. These popular professional conferences — held consecutively for the past eight years — focus on sharing best practices in corporate, military and government communications and public affairs.
Grupp travels extensively throughout the world lecturing on global strategic communications, business diplomacy, and public relations strategy and practice. He is past president of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and co-chaired the IPRA Public Relations World Congress in Beijing with Li Daoyu, former Chinese ambassador to the United States.
Public Information Officer, ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michelle Guido is a media relations specialist with a 25-year background of award-winning journalism across print, digital and television platforms. Before joining OPD as a Public Information Officer in July of 2015, she was Managing Editor of WESH 2 News, the NBC affiliate in Orlando; Breaking News Editor at the Orlando Sentinel; and an editor and reporter at the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, where she was a member of the staff awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieto Earthquake. And now, after nearly two years at OPD, she can confidently add “Crisis Communications Specialist” to her resume.
Managing Director of Audience Insights and Data, POLITICO
Rebecca Haller is POLITICO’s Managing Director of Audience Insights and Data. As a recovering journalist, she’s dedicated to helping solve the media industry’s complex quandaries through human-centered frameworks to ensure journalism continues to be supported, sustainable and scalable.
Using design-thinking techniques, she translates consumer data and insights to better understand and solve for unmet consumer needs. Rebecca’s vast experience in the media industry – with stints in digital, broadcast and print, both newspaper and magazine, at both the national and local level – spans 12+ years.
Robert T. Hastings, APR+M
Executive Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, Chief of Staff, BELL HELICOPTER
Robert T. Hastings is a proven leader, business executive and strategic communicator with a track record of success spanning a 30+ year multifaceted career in military, public service and corporate leadership. As Executive Vice President for Bell Helicopter, Mr. Hastings currently leads all aspects of the company’s global communications programs. He also serves as the company’s Chief of Staff. Previously, Hastings was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and senior Administration officials for strategic communication, public information and internal information, leading a worldwide public affairs community of some 4,000 military and civilian personnel. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in government studies from the University of Maryland and has completed executive studies at the Wharton School of Business and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Roger Hayes
Senior Counselor, APCO WORLDWIDE
Associate Professor, LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Dr. Roger Hayes, Senior Counselor, APCO WORLDWIDE, and Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Dr. Roger Hayes (FCIPR, Member Emeritus IPRA) is a leading international public relations and public affairs professional with 30 years of experience in trade associations, corporations and consultancies, and has also advised governments.
He has been Director-General of the British Nuclear Industry Forum, a lobbying and trade body; CEO of the International Institute of Communications, a research-based think-tank; SVP of PR and Government Relations at Ford of Europe, Director Corporate Communications Thorn-EMI plc.; Head of Corporate Communications PA Consulting Group; and a Director of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller, operating from London and New York. He began his career as a Reuters correspondent in Paris. He was also co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Echo Research, an international stakeholder insight firm.
He currently serves as Associate Professor in the LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Also, he is Senior Counselor with strategic communications and public affairs consultancy at APCO WORLDWIDE, based in London. He is an experienced trainer, running workshops in SE Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East. He is also an approved EU institutions trainer.
Dr. Hayes completed his Doctorate in Public Relations and Public Diplomacy in a Globalised World at Henley Business School (2012), conducting research in eight countries. A graduate of London University (Bsc Economics) and the University of Southern California (MA International Relations), he often writes and lectures on leadership communications and public diplomacy issues around the world. He is part-time faculty at Henley Business School and Greenwich University. He is the author of Reframing the Leadership Landscape: Creating a Culture of Collaboration.
Vice President, Corporate Communications, THE HERSHEY COMPANY
Leigh Horner is an experienced communications executive, strategic advisor and corporate counselor with 20 years of experience managing reputation, public affairs, media relations, crisis communications, government affairs and community giving. She is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for The Hershey Company. In this role, Horner is responsible for advancing Hershey’s global reputation through proactive external and internal communications, innovative community engagement, and globally responsible citizenship.
Vice President, Global Communications, ARROW ELECTRONICS, INC.
John Hourigan is vice president of global communications for Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow had 2015 sales of $23.28 billion. John is responsible for leading the company’s global brand management, media relations, internal communications and corporate social responsibility programs.
Prior to joining Arrow in 2007, John was director of corporate media relations for NCR Corp. for nine years, also serving as the chief spokesperson for the global technology company. Previously, John was public relations manager at LexisNexis, a provider of online information services to legal and business professionals. Before that, John was responsible for external and internal communications for the legislative leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives.
John’s background also includes positions in radio and television broadcasting.
John holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.
Founder and CEO, REPUTATION ECONOMY ADVISORS
Anthony co-founded Reputation Economy Advisors to bring together business consulting and technology solutions for senior executives.
He spent the previous eight years leading the development of the world’s first reputation-based management consultancy, Reputation Institute, focused on enabling leaders to make business decisions that build and protect reputation capital and drive competitive advantage. Before that, Anthony was recruited to found The Coca-Cola Think Tank, and in that role, he conducted the first-ever assessment of the company’s corporate reputation.
His thoughts on reputation and its link to business can be found on the Forbes CMO Network, Bloomberg TV, The Economist, American Banker, Quartz and The Wall Street Journal. Anthony is an active member of both the P&G and Harvard Alumni Associations.
Partner, THE BLACK ROCK GROUP
A Partner at the Alexandria, VA-based Black Rock Group, Brian has a proven track record of creating and managing winning public affairs and public relations campaigns for some of the country’s most innovative companies, top-tier associations and coalitions, along with national political candidates. In addition, Brian has worked with a number of national and local nonprofit organizations.
Over the past decade, he has helped lead successful communications and advocacy efforts in a variety of industries, including technology, transportation, energy, financial services, restaurant and retail. In the nonprofit realm, Brian has worked in support of marriage equality, early childhood education, the eradication of child sex trafficking, and ways to keep kids safe online. Brian has also been active in the world of electoral politics, serving in senior roles for the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Chris Christie. Most recently, Brian served as a Senior Communications Advisor to the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Brian earned his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle and B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Emily, and two children.
Vice President, Global Head of External Communications
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY LIMITED
Nobuko Kato is Vice President, Global Head of External Communications, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in Tokyo, where she leads external communication, including digital transformation, corporate branding, media relations, thought leadership strategies, and crisis/issues management. Prior to this position, Nobuko served as Director of Communications, Johnson & Johnson K.K. Medical Company, Japan, as well as a member of Management Operation Committee at JJKK Medical Company. Prior to this, Nobuko served as Senior Partnership Specialist at the World Bank (WB) in Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) in WB’s Human Development Network and in Concessional Financing and Global Partnership at WB Headquarters, Washington DC. There she directed WB global communication strategies for global health, climate change, science and technology. For three years she served as Chief Advisor to WB Vice President on global health and liaised with top officials in the Government of Japan (GOJ), providing in-depth briefings on “health diplomacy” and “science diplomacy,” and was responsible for global partnership coordination with WHO, OECD, G8, G20 and APEC. Previously, she served as Executive Public Relations Specialist at the WB Tokyo office, where she succeeded in achieving historic adoption of key global health issues at 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) and at Toyako G8 Summit in 2008.
Earlier she had begun her broadcast career in Japan as a TV newscaster serving anchor person for morning/evening news at Chubu Broadcasting and NHK for 10 years.
She holds a Master of International Affairs (MIA in international media and communications) from Columbia University (2003-2005), School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She also holds a B.A. in French literature from Sophia University.
Political Advisor, Communications Strategist and Media Producer, SHOWTIME and HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES
Mark McKinnon is the co-creator, co-executive producer and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, a documentary series that pulled back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines.
McKinnon was the chief media advisor to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns and is cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship, civil dialogue and political problem-solving.
McKinnon has worked for many causes, companies and candidates, including former President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, late former Governor Ann Richards and Bono. He serves on the boards of numerous organizations dedicated to reforming the influence of money in politics.
For 20 years, McKinnon worked at Public Strategies, Inc., where he was an owner and served as vice chair. In 2010, Public Strategies merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where McKinnon served as global vice chair. He remains an advisor to the firm. An award-winning media producer and communications strategist, McKinnon has been awarded more than 30 Pollie and Telly Awards, honoring the nation’s best political and public affairs advertising.
President Bush appointed McKinnon to serve as a governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He serves on the board of the Austin Film Society and he lectures frequently at universities, including the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sergeant Wanda Miglio
CITY OF ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sgt. Wanda Miglio joined the Orlando Police Department in August of 2005. She has served in several positions throughout her career at the Orlando Police Department. Sgt. Miglio has served as the Public Information Officer for more than two years. During her time as the PIO, she has been involved with many major critical incidents involving Orlando Police, including the Pulse Night Club shooting and the death of YouTube sensation, Christina Grimmie.
As the PIO she is responsible for managing social media, handling public records request and interviews, and coordinating press conferences. She is responsible for gathering facts to distribute to the media. Sgt. Miglio responds to all Officer-involved shootings and any critical incidents that have heavy media attention.
Director of Leadership Development and Co-Founder, PARADIGM SHIFT
Jerrod Murr is a speaker, corporate trainer and cultural entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a member of the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame. Murr is the founder of The 20 Leadership Camp, a faith-based movement equipping students through personal leadership challenges. He is also the Co-Founder of Paradigm Shift, a leadership training and development firm. He is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and was appointed Partner Expert in The Forge’s startup incubator, powered by the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Murr currently resides in Muskogee, OK with his wife, Jenn, and two daughters. His favorite book is The Giving Tree, and he loves working on his Bucket List, the OKC Thunder and good coffee.
Vice President, Global Communications, JOHNSON CONTROLS
Marta Newhart is Vice President for Global Communications at Johnson Controls, a $37 billion global leader with 130,000 employees at 2,000 worldwide locations. JCI serves a wide range of customers in more than 150 countrie with intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems.
Marta is responsible for shaping and sharing the vision, values and priorities of the business, via the power of communications. Communications drives business – and Marta has made this her life’s work. Early in her career, she advanced through the ranks of The Boeing Company, where she won a PRSA Prism Award for cultural change and employee relations, to eventually run both defense and commercial communications, handling multi-billion-dollar contracts and ensuring that the reputation of Boeing was unblemished at all times.
She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in international business and international communications from the University of Washington.
Marta is passionate about helping those with special needs, and she sits on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics – Wisconsin.
Former Digital Director, DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, INC.
Brad Parscale is President of Giles-Parscale, a San Antonio-based company that provides an array of digital and branding services from email marketing to web design and development and many other digital strategies. Originally from Kansas, Brad spent five years in California developing CGI software for the motion picture industry. He moved to Texas in 2004 to establish Parscale Media, a successful web marketing firm. His 2011 partnership with Jill Giles formed Giles-Parscale, Inc. In 2016, Brad was named Digital Director for the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign.
Vice Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer, W2O GROUP
One of the pioneers of social media marketing, Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in the new world of what is now called “Social Commerce.”
Bob is Vice Chair and Chief of Innovation for W2O Group, an independent network of digital communications and marketing companies known for their creation of algorithms and ability to evolve current models and create unique advantages for their clients worldwide.
An author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an instructor for the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce and the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College, Bob’s thoughts can be found at the Common Sense blog at www.w2ogroup.com/blog. He has written two books (PreCommerce and Storytizing) based on key learnings from the firm’s work with innovative companies and individuals. Bob is currently working on his next two books, Storytizing: Health, Technology, Money & Politics and Countering Hate, a pragmatic book on how to deal with extreme groups.
Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as Vice President of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function — an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee, and he served as a Vice President, Media and Public Affairs for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi).
Bob serves as an advisor and investor in many capacities. Highlights include serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board; being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas (more than $400MM invested); serving on the boards of The Advertising Research Foundation and MedicAlert Foundation; and acting as an advisor for the University of Texas Center for Global Business and Vetted Foundation, a new organization focused on helping veterans of war continue their education, network for jobs and start new companies.
Bob resides in Austin, Texas. His full LinkedIn profile is here.
William Reeder, Jr.
Leadership Consultant and Author
Bill Reeder is a retired Army colonel and the last U.S. Army prisoner captured during the Vietnam War who recently wrote a captivating memoir, Through the Valley, My Captivity in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star for gallantry, two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, an Air Medal for valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds received during the events related in this story. He has continued to be involved in leadership training and education for the military and NATO Special Operations Forces. In 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame.
President, MEDIA SURVIVAL GROUP
Karen Terrill teaches Crisis Communications as a contractor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, specializing in PIO team training and functional exercises. She also teaches crisis communications for the California Specialized Training Institute. She worked as a PIO in the California fire service for 20 years; with extensive experience in multi-agency Joint Information Centers during California’s many crises, including fires, earthquakes and floods. Karen is a former television news anchor, producer and reporter for ABC and NBC affiliates.
Todd Van Hoose
President and CEO, THE FARM CREDIT COUNCIL
Todd leads the national trade association’s efforts to represent the Farm Credit System’s interests before Congress, the administration and various federal regulatory agencies. Todd also serves on a variety of leadership bodies within Farm Credit, including the Presidents’ Planning Committee.
His selection as President and CEO marked his return to the Farm Credit Council, where he had worked previously in a variety of roles before departing in 2008 as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs.
Prior to rejoining the Farm Credit Council, he served as Senior Vice President – Government Affairs at CoBank, where he led the bank’s Washington office. He also was a member of the bank’s senior leadership team.
Previously, he worked at the Farm Credit System Assistance Board. He also has held positions in the US Department of Agriculture and on Capitol Hill.
Todd is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations.
Founder and CEO, W2O GROUP
Jim Weiss has nearly 30 years of experience in strategic media and marketing communications focused primarily in the healthcare and technology sectors. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of corporate, product and organizational communications.
Under Jim’s leadership, W2O Group has grown from a one-person consultancy in 2001 to an integrated international operation comprising four separate companies, 12 offices and about 500 people. Today, the company generates nearly $100 million in revenue annually and serves some of the world’s leading companies and brands.
He ranks among the 500 Most Important People in the Global PR industry and PR Week’s Powerlist and was named a Top 25 Innovator in Communications. Jim also is founder and sponsor of the W2O Center for Social Commerce at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, his alma mater. He was inducted into the Newhouse School’s Hall of Fame and honored as one of its 50Forward most accomplished graduates of the last 50 years.
Jim spent most of the first half of his career as a client, which inspired him to build an agency he would want to hire. He was head of corporate communications and investor relations at Bay Area medical device startup Heartport, a pioneer in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Prior to that, he helped establish the global product marketing communications function at pharmaceutical giant Sanofi in Paris. He started his corporate career at biotechnology bellwether Genentech in South San Francisco during its formative commercial years in the early 1990s. While there, he supported the marketing, sales, investor relations, government affairs and communications functions.
He resides with his wife and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area, where W2O is headquartered.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs,
Richard Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, is responsible for Capital One’s corporate communications, philanthropy and reputation risk management programs. He is also responsible for the company’s community group outreach; CRA compliance; and its related, for-profit line of business dedicated to community development lending and investment.
Before joining Capital One in 2000, Woods served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Revlon, Inc. Prior to Revlon, he served as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Eli Lilly and Company and as Senior Vice President, Director of Communications for MasterCard International.
Early in his career, Woods provided communications consulting to clients of Burson-Marsteller and Ruder & Finn. He also worked in the corporate finance departments at Warburg Paribas Becker and Loeb Rhodes Hornblower.
Woods serves as Vice Chairman of the board of Junior Achievement USA and is a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional development organization.
Woods earned a B.A. from Pomona College, a B.S. from the University of Southern California – Los Angeles, and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, with a concentration in finance.