WASHINGTON: Dan Klores Communications (DKC) has hired former NBC News senior correspondent Fred Francis to handle crisis communications and enhance the firm?s presence here.
Francis will provide DKC clients with pre-crisis education support, a new capability for the New York-based firm's crisis management practice.
During his 30 years at NBC, Francis focused on national security, military, and diplomatic issues, most recently covering the US war in Iraq. "I've dealt with so many crises, from corporate to the Middle East to natural disasters," Francis said. "It seemed to me that working with a crisis communications outfit, where you could go in and look at a corporation's plan when that black cloud settles over them, was probably the perfect fit outside of journalism."
While DKC has about 10 active clients located in Washington, the hiring of Francis now gives the firm its first physical presence in DC, noted DKC President Sean Cassidy. In recent years, Francis has served as a lecturer, including teaching crisis preparation to senior officials at the Pentagon and other federal agencies.