Leadership


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 Millar

Global President and CEO of the Americas
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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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Nancy Fitzsimmons

Executive Vice President
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Part of the US Leadership team, Nancy also has a US wide Client Services role. 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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James Fuller

Executive Vice President, US
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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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Lisa Cradit

Executive Vice President
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As part of the H+K leadership team, Lisa oversees the corporate product and services capabilities in the U.S. Lisa has 25 years of experience advising the C-Suite on business-critical issues that help build brands, protect reputations and assist organizations in reaching capital markets. She focuses on corporate communications with specialization in mergers and acquisitions, reputation and crisis management, category creation and branding, internal communications, thought leadership and executive visibility. Her expertise is in directing large global client relationships spanning multiple markets. Her sector experience is heavily concentrated within energy, industrials, financial services and technology with a secondary emphasis on consumer packaged goods and retail. Nearly half of Lisa’s career was spent within public and private companies in various communications roles.

Prior to joining H+K, Lisa led global communications for the oldest and largest private equity firm in energy where she managed a range of financial and transaction-related communications issues. She led the technology practice at financial communications firm Financial Dynamics, now a part of FTI Consulting. She also served in various senior communication roles within L-1 Identity Solutions, FitzGerald Communications (an Omnicom agency) and BMC Software, among others.


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Vikki Willimott

Global Head of Content + Publishing
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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 Singleton

Executive Vice President, Texas
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Overseeing H+K’s Texas portfolio (Austin, Houston and Dallas offices), Marvin is an award-winning communications and public affairs executive with 30 years of experience leading client teams (including a Fortune 10 company) and a 45-person office, and building integrated campaigns to meet clients’ business objectives with a background encompassing media relations, public affairs, internal communications, crisis communications, executive communications, 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 Fannin

Executive Vice President, Washington, D.C.
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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 Torrez

Executive Vice President, Chicago
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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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Avra Lorrimer

Executive Vice President, New York
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Avra is a dynamic communications leader with extensive experience delivering award winning marketing communications in the US and across EMEA.

Through campaigns and content, Avra helps brands and businesses articulate and deliver on their purpose.​ She loves the challenge of building brands and partners with clients to push boundaries and craft communications that deliver impactful results.  ​

Avra’s work has been recognized with industry awards including a D&AD pencil for PR, Drum’s CSR Strategy of the Year, Drum Marketing’s Global Brand Strategy of the Year, Marketing Week’s Purpose Beyond Profit award and her work was short-listed for Cannes Lion in Creative Data.

Avra recently returned to the US after 12 years living in the UK, including seven at H+K London where she led the consumer packaged goods sector and was the WPP PR lead for Ford of Europe.  Avra now leads our New York market.

Before joining H+K, Avra worked at Edelman and Ogilvy Public Relations. She 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 in London. She is member of the UK Superbrands panel and is on the board of The New Nature Foundation.


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Larry Krutchik

Executive Vice President, California
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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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