Our US Leadership team works together to provide client, operational and market leadership across our 12 offices in the United States.
They provide deep sector and market knowledge, a breadth of public relations and communications expertise and a focus on innovation.
Richard is Global President of Hill+Knowlton Strategies and CEO of the Americas, driving innovation and business transformation across sectors and services globally.
Prior to his current role, Richard was CEO of H+K’s flagship London operation from 2008 to 2018. During that time, he reorganized the agency around a client-centric ‘depth and breadth’ agenda, diversifying the agency’s capabilities and launching new products and services. This transformation agenda resulted in seven consecutive years of record growth, an embedded creative culture, and the agency recognized as UK Agency of the Year. Under his direction, this program is now being adapted and implemented globally.
Richard leads a number of the firm’s global client relationships. Among these is adidas, with whom he has a relationship stretching back to the agency’s appointment in 1993. He cites his client’s restless desire for ideas and innovation, for cultural relevance, as context for his ambitions for H+K.
In a seven-year period between his two terms at the agency, Richard held a number of marketing and trading positions with a European retailer serving latterly as Marketing Director, Europe.
Richard is graduate of the University of Manchester, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Trustee of Generation Success – an organization that champions social mobility and diversity across the professional services industries.
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Part of the US Leadership team, Nancy is the US Chief Client Officer, a role in which she leads a transformation program to champion H+K’s Client Obsession strategy, aimed at surpassing client expectations. She has spent more than 25 years in leadership positions driving communications for Fortune 500 companies in the Financial, Consumer Health, Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical industries, while also providing counsel to non-profit advocacy groups. A recognized expert in Crisis Management and Corporate Branding and Reputation, Nancy has counseled C-suite executives and corporate teams through mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; government investigations, litigation, product tamperings ad recalls, regulatory issues, active shooter events and other reputational challenges.
Nancy began her career at Burson-Marsteller where she helped to establish the organization’s Healthcare practice. She later joined the global diversified health and consumer products corporation Warner-Lambert Co. where, in addition to leading its first Marketing Communications function, she acted as chair of the Crisis Committee, leading multifunctional teams though highly public crises. At Quest Diagnostics where she led External Communications, she directed crisis and reputational efforts following payer contract negotiations, government investigations, and whistleblower allegations. Her efforts helped the company achieve its first placement on Fortune’s “Most Admired” list. Nancy also led AstraZeneca’s efforts to launch its global corporate brand in the US.
Since joining H+K, Nancy has led client war rooms; navigated regulatory decisions that were threatening clients’ license to operate; guided clients as they articulated their POV on legislative events with long-term implications for their operations; and prepared numerous clients for inevitable attacks on their business and reputation.
A native of New Jersey, Nancy holds a BA in Organizational Communications from New York University where she graduated with honors, and studied Political Science at Rutgers University.
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Avra has 20 years experience at big agencies leading integrated, multi-market work for world-famous clients including Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and InterContinental Hotels Group. In her current role as Chief Growth Officer, Avra has the opportunity to work across sectors helping businesses and brands to solve complex communications and maintain relevance in the face of disruption.
Avra’s most recent client engagement was as the WPP Global Communications Leader for Walgreens Boots Alliance overseeing four WPP PR agencies across three continents. Working in partnership with WBA, Avra led communications efforts that encouraged vaccination – with a key focus on hesitant audiences. This work was recognized with multiple awards, but what was most rewarding was playing a part in getting more than 50 million people vaccinated against COVID-19.
Avra has a history of leading impactful campaigns that deliver communications and commercial results. Her work has been recognized with industry awards including the Drum’s Marketing Can Change the World award for Duracell’s battery recycling program, the Drum’s Marketing Global Brand Strategy of the Year for Pampers/UNICEF ‘I pack=1 vaccine’ and an Effie for Febreze’s ‘Road Trip from Smell’.
In 2021, Avra was inducted into PR Week’s Hall of Femme and named among the “Top Women in PR” by PR News. She is passionate about progressing the communications industry, and is proud to be called on as a speaker, moderator and awards judge. When not working, Avra is a board member of the New Nature Foundation, an interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, an aspiring voice-over artist and occasional blogger.
Avra graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and has taken post graduate courses at the Stern School of Business at NYU and Sotheby’s Institute.
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Part of the US Leadership team with additional oversight of Florida, James Fuller’s experience includes client relationships that span a broad spectrum of consultative services. He has executed communications and brand management strategies in numerous sectors including healthcare, IT and professional services, real estate, insurance, government services, financial services, and energy. James specializes in developing highly integrated, large-scale communications and advocacy campaigns and helping executives deliver effective communications. Over the past two decades, he has either participated in or led the communications strategy surrounding some of the nation’s most high-profile corporate crises including proxy battles, civil litigation cases, investigations, product recalls, and cyber security breaches.
Among his most recent work, James helped a company manage a brand and communications transformation, coordinated a company re-branding, and helped prepare a healthcare company for a major new product launch and eventual IPO. Fuller also recently helped advise a financial services technology firm as it re-organized its corporate communications function by introducing a content strategy and aligning its external programs with the marketing and go-to-market divisions.
Before joining H+K, James served in the Bush Administration as chief of staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and as chief of staff, deputy chief operations officer, at the Transportation Security Administration. Prior to his appointments, James was a senior aide to Senator Pete Domenici and served as the executive director of Bush-Cheney 2000 in New Mexico. James also served as the chief of staff for the Republican Senate caucus of New Mexico legislature.
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Vikki leads a global team of Content + Publishing experts around the world, focusing on who we create content with, what format that takes and where it lives. This means leading strategically-important client projects, taking learnings from across our international client base and sharing best practice, empowering teams to bring this to life locally. Vikki also serves as a member of the H+K US Leadership Team.
Now based in New York, she was previously at H+K London for four years as part of its Global Center of Creative Strategy. Here she defined our approach to the C+P discipline, started its Data + Analytics team and delivered work for Campari, Huawei, Intel & more.
She has spent more than 13 years building and leading digital content teams, from strategy to production, social media management, influencer outreach, brand partnerships and UGC. Before H+K she held dual roles at Creston Unlimited group; Head of Agency for Things Unlimited and Head of Social for TMW Unlimited. In this time she worked with over 35 major brands within Unilever, Activision, McCain Foods, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Virgin Trains, Infiniti, Canon & more.
Vikki is a former journalist. She’s written for Contagious, The Guardian, Marketing, Marketing Week, new media age, Econsultancy and was a G20Voice blogger for Oxfam at the G20 Summits in London & Pittsburgh. She also worked in-house as Content Editor for the Jaguar Future project – created by Jaguar to tell the stories behind the C-X16 concept car.
She was placed on PRWeek’s Power Book for 2018 & 2017, The Drum’s Social Buzz Top 50 and Homes Report’s Innovator lists, speaks regularly at industry events, and curates great examples of brand content at ContentWins.co.uk
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Marvin brings 30 years of award-winning communications and public affairs expertise from the political, nonprofit, and corporate sectors and currently leads the three offices in Texas and serves as head of the Mobility+Transportation sector in the US. He has worked to develop and lead campaigns for corporations and organizations and advises clients on communications strategies, media relations, internal communications, crisis communications, executive communications, public affairs and social media.
Client engagement highlights:
- Led the client team that won or was named as finalist for eight national or local awards, including winning a Pollie for grassroots advocacy and finalist from PRWeek for public affairs campaign of the year
- Served as embedded Vice President of Communications for a Fortune 40 technology company business unit responsible for development of strategy and execution of all communications activities globally
- Led two high-profile public affairs campaigns for one of the world’s largest airlines
- Managed a public affairs and communications campaign for a multi-billion dollar state award in transportation
- Supported public affairs for a Fortune 1000 company business unit before state regulatory agencies
- Participated in the public affairs outreach during the largest U.S. leveraged buyout
Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Public Strategies, Marvin served as the chief information officer for Dallas-based startup Legend Airlines, responsible for all technology platforms and reservation systems. He also served as spokesman and helped develop and implement the carrier’s corporate communications and government relations program. Marvin also worked on both the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns of Ross Perot, serving as policy strategist and field operations manager.
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Rebecca advises clients on communications during times of change, including growth, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. With 20 years of experience in strategic and corporate communications, change management communications, research and insights and marketing, she is responsible for providing clients with advice related to reputation management and internal communications. Rebecca has led internal and employee engagement initiatives for manufacturing, energy, defense industry, technology and financial services clients, among others.
Before joining the agency, Rebecca was with TMG Strategies, a part of MS&L and the Publicis Groupe, for nearly a decade. While there, she led teams responsible for crisis communications, executive communications and reputation management for one of the nation’s premier brands leading up to and during its Chapter 11 filing. Prior to this, Rebecca served in a senior admissions and communications role at Randolph-Macon College, where she developed strategy and led campaign execution for brand development and expansion, recruitment, and retention.
In addition to her role with clients, Rebecca leads our DC market, co-leads the U.S. learning and development program, serves as faculty for WPP leadership development trainings and is a certified executive coach.
Rebecca received a bachelor of arts from Randolph-Macon College.
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Liz consults a variety of clients on communications issues including reputation management, executive visibility, corporate positioning and media relations. She manages large scale, multi-national communications programs for H+K clients across the world. As the Chicago market leader, Liz specializes in driving strategy and developing corporate positioning programs to support a number of local clients in achieving their business goals. She has advised clients and their leadership teams on communications issues in a number of industries including transportation, retail, education, financial services and health care. She has spent most of her 15 years at H+K serving as a top advisor to a leading professional services consultancy, helping them increase visibility for the brand and their leaders across a number of business areas and firmwide.
Liz has communications experience ranging from journalism to public relations in the areas of media relations, public affairs and crisis communications. Prior to joining the firm more than a decade ago, Liz worked at a Chicago-based public affairs firm and focused on executing campaigns to build support for public policy initiatives. She has an integrated marketing and advertising background managing local, statewide and national campaigns. Liz also has journalism experience as a reporter and producer at the ABC-TV affiliate in Lincoln, Neb., and in radio as a news director and anchor in Champaign, IL.
Liz was honored as one of PR News’ 2017 Top Women in PR. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in speech communication from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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Based in Los Angeles, Larry serves as a member of Hill+Knowlton’s US Leadership Team, overseeing the agency’s California offices in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and San Francisco. In that role, Larry serves as a client relationship leader, senior strategist and counselor, mentor to H+K colleagues and ambassador of our agency’s culture. He joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies in August 2015.
Larry is a veteran public affairs and public relations strategist with more than 25 years of experience, including six years as a litigation attorney. In his career, Larry has provided strategic advice and counsel, corporate communications, crisis communications, community engagement and public affairs services for an array of corporate, trade association, nonprofit, and public sector clients. Honored in 2018 as a finalist for PR News’ PR Agency Professional of the Year, Larry has led numerous award-winning communications campaigns, including the Public Relations Society of America’s coveted Silver Anvil for Global Communication in 2018.
Passionate about storytelling, messaging and positioning, Larry also serves as one of the agency’s lead media trainers. Whether to maximize favorable announcements or navigate challenging news cycles, Larry’s media and message coaching has empowered a wide range of C-suite executives, brand spokespersons, celebrities, athletes, and issue activists to be authentic and engaging spokespersons. He is also called upon to speak at industry and client conferences, and enjoys guest lecturing and advising students whenever he gets the chance.
Larry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with Honors, from the University of Florida. He also earned his law degree, with Honors, from the University of Florida. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jill, sons Josh and Brendan, and their dog, Palmer.
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Robert C. Ferris has strong global experience in corporate branding, marketing communications, reputation management and media relations, working in both corporate and agency environments. During his career, Robert has built a successful track record in executive-suite positioning, crisis management, capital markets communications, and internal communications, working primarily in the industrial manufacturing, energy, and technology sectors.
Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Robert was Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer for Axalta Coating Systems, a $5 billion global industrial manufacturing and automotive coatings leader. At Axalta, Robert led the Company’s internal, external, and capital markets communications strategies, as well as its digital marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, which included STEM education and environmental stewardship.
Before joining Axalta, Robert was Vice President, External Communications and Public Affairs at Honeywell, a $40 billion multi-national industrial manufacturing technology company. At Honeywell, Robert was chief company spokesperson on all global corporate and financial media matters and was a member of its global communications leadership council and government relations team. During his 14 year tenure, Robert developed and executed a globally recognized corporate positioning strategy and CEO thought leadership platform, raising the Company’s profile with investors, regulators and customers.
Earlier in his career, Robert held senior management positions at GCI Group and MWW Group, both large global public relations consulting firms, where he provided strategic communications counsel on corporate positioning and response to critical issues, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, turnarounds, restructurings, executive transitions, shareholder activism, labor union relations, and corporate governance matters. Robert was also Assistant Vice President at Bull & Bear Securities, where he held Series 7 and Series 63 certification.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors in History, from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
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Mary Jane Walker serves as a senior healthcare and corporate communications consultant, a trusted advisor to senior business leaders, an award-winning strategist and a top media relations specialist. She manages teams that support innovative, strategic healthcare communications for large and small pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other healthcare companies.
Previously, she held senior leadership roles at some of the top public relations, crisis and financial communications consultancies in the world, including Weber Shandwick, Robinson, Lehrer and Montgomery, and H+K, where she led a team that won the PRWeek Healthcare Campaign of the Year Award.
Working with some of the healthcare industry’s most respected leaders, she has led many game-changing corporate, product and public affairs efforts for well-known global healthcare companies, and has brought governments, organizations and heads of corporations to the table for collaboration on multiple occasions. She has designed communications for CEOs and other senior leaders from a range of healthcare corporations including Pfizer, Merck & Co., Abbott Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly & Co., Sanofi, Astellas, Celgene, Amgen, Cubist, Aetna and Deloitte.
Earlier, she served as Communications Director for Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), now the U.S. President’s Chief Medical Adviser and COVID-19 response team member. At NIAID, she mastered the art of media relations and the science of infectious diseases, serving as Fauci’s strategic counselor and press secretary during the height of the HIV epidemic, where she led multiple healthcare initiatives and generated thousands of media placements.
Recently, as Managing Partner and Chief Communications & Strategy Officer at a female-owned start-up, she developed transformative social media and marketing campaigns for leading corporations. M.J. holds an M.S. in Communications from American University and serves as a student mentor. She also provides counsel to Tech Up for Women, a collaborative hub for the advancement of women through technology.
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Derryberry has over 20 years of communications experience as a corporate narrative builder and media expert with a track record of results shaping perceptions of technology brands and executive leaders. He brings strategic thinking to thought leadership programs, business press, and executive visibility campaigns and has experience with a range of technologies including fintech, digital marketing, cloud computing, industrial IoT, AI, enterprise software, and more.
Most recently, John was the FinTech and Innovation Communications Leader at Western Union, leading the company’s digital transformation narrative and CEO messaging with a brief to drive more powerful, engaging storytelling in venues such as CNBC, Fortune, The Economist, Bloomberg, and the World Economic Forum.
He was previously an Executive Vice President at Edelman Silicon Valley where he created a pillar of Edelman’s technology practice and led the Adobe account for over 12 years across 7 offices. Derryberry was at the forefront of Adobe’s pivotal product launches, business model transformations (including Omniture and Macromedia), and corporate PR campaigns that evolved the brand’s reputation and business. In that time, Adobe grew to become Edelman’s third-largest account in the U.S. and 9th largest globally, winning numerous creative awards including a Gold Lion at Cannes.
John previously was a partner in a technology-focused agency in Silicon Valley and New York that Edelman acquired in 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in modern thought and literature from Stanford University.
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As Executive Vice President at H+K US, Laura leads the US relationship with P&G and has oversight of other sectors including CPG, Food + Drink, and Retail. Passionate about seamless communications strategies that bridge cultural influences to drive sales, Laura has expertise in integrated campaigns, global-to-local brand building, company strategies, and operations.
Prior to joining the firm, Laura worked at DeVries Global where she was most recently Global EVP, Strategic Alliances, focused on adapting how teams service clients in rapidly transforming industries, connecting people, stakeholders, and resources, to ignite collaboration, and creatively solving problems.
Laura has lived/worked in the UK, US and Singapore, and has partnered with inter-agency teams in NA, GC, AAIJK and EMEA/IMEA to develop integrated marketing programs rooted in culture. Her communications experience spans diverse consumer categories comprising multi-brand P&G product portfolios within Skin Care, Professional Hair, Retail Hair, Luxury & Lifestyle Fragrance, Fabric Care, OTC Wellness and FemCare sectors, lifestyle remits including Cosmetic Procedures, Travel, Prestige Retail and Consumer Electronics, and Cause Marketing initiatives.
An optimist with a make-it-happen spirit, Laura is proud to be among the elite group of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40.
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Throughout her career, Cathy has built and improved upon the sustainability programs and footprints of many clients and organizations, established CSR and diversity and inclusion programs, aided in product development, helped address waste management, and communicate best sustainable practices and climate commitments across a multitude of sectors.
Cathy was previously Vice President of Purpose, Strategy, and Sustainability at Porter Novelli, where she directed sustainability communications and messaging. She brings extensive experience as a sustainability, environmental, and social responsibility leader, improving the footprint across a range of sectors including retail, healthcare, food and beverage, and agricultural industries. Prior to Porter Novelli, Cathy was Head of Global Sustainability and Social Impact at Ocean Spray Cranberries. In this role, she engaged over 700 farmers on sustainability best practices and co-designed the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) to help over 2,000 of America’s farm cooperatives develop sustainability programs across the U.S.
Cathy received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University and her Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
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Colby is H+K’s U.S. Head of Data + Analytics. Before H+K, Colby was EVP, Business Intelligence at the Golin Group where he led the Data + Analytics team across business development and a roster of 30+ clients for the Golin family of Agencies. Colby brings extensive experience in team development, revenue growth and analytics solutions to help drive business outcomes. Prior to Golin, he was SVP, Business Intelligence at DeVries Global where he developed and operationalized a new business intelligence function for a $35 Million portfolio globally. In this role he oversaw the application of data analytics and research to companies such as P&G, Sephora, and IHOP. Colby was previously SVP, Research and Analytics lead at FleishmanHillard where he built a research team, grew research and analytics revenue, and led strategic positioning efforts for companies like Samsung, Kroll, and Sanofi.
Colby has been recognized by industry awards for conceiving and developing award-winning measurement solutions including; AMEC Award for PR measurement and two PRovoke SABRE Awards finalists for Superior Achievement in Measurement and Evaluation.
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