The experts' experts

PRWeek asked its crisis experts who they'd recommend in the field. There were almost as many answers as there were people answering the question.

PRWeek asked its crisis experts who they'd recommend in the field. There were almost as many answers as there were people answering the question.

Only crisis legends Howard Rubenstein and Jim Lukaszewski, along with Pat Ford at Burson-Marsteller and West Coast crisis guru Larry Kamer, received more than one vote. The list follows:

Chris Atkins, Ogilvy PR
Joe Burneika, Independent consultant, Boston
Harold Burson, Burson-Marsteller
Ed Cafasso, Morrissey & Company
Ernie Corrigan, Corrigan Communications
Vincent Covello, Center for Risk Communications
Jim Cox, Hill & Knowlton
Bill Curry, formerly of Amazon.com
Lanny Davis, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP
Michael Deaver, Edelman
Brian Delaney, Independent consultant, Boston
Denise Deschenes, Citigate Sard Verbinnen
Jeff Eller, Public Strategies
Pat Ford, Burson-Marsteller
Gary Grates, General Motors
Larry Kamer, MS&L
Gershon Kekst, Kekst & Co.
Anne Klein, Anne Klein & Associates
Jim Lukaszewski, The Lukaszewski Group
Dan McGinn, McGinn Group
Robert Mead, Gavin Anderson
Charles Perkins, Ernst & Young
Howard Rubenstein, Rubenstein Associates
Kathy Savitt, Amazon.com
Mike Seymour, Edelman (London)
Michael Sitrick, Sitrick & Company
Larry Smith, Institute for Crisis Management
Harlan Teller, Hill & Knowlton
Ned Walker, Continental Airlines
Carreen Winters, MWW Group

PRWeek also queried corporate PR staffers, asking them who they would recommend for crisis communications work. Ken Ferber, VP for corporate communications at WellPoint, won this very unscientific poll.

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