Sean Mills: 40 Under 40 2014

Regional director, North America, Bite
Age: 38

Sean Mills sinks his teeth into every role, most recently turning around the fortunes of Bite in North America.

Throughout his career, he has quickly risen to leadership roles, working with some of the most significant tech companies in the world.

He went to Phase Two Strategies straight out of college where he coached top executives, managed $1.1 million in accounts, and helped win $2 million in new business. Mills helped transform PeopleSoft’s reputation from dying software company to challenger to Oracle, which went on to hire him as a PR manager.

Mills became a VP at Bite Communications at the age of 30. Three years later, he began running the firm’s New York office.

In that time, he won the AMD business, expanding it from a $120,000 to a $4.5 million account through award-winning campaigns. Mills also led Infosys’ transition from outsourcing pariah to a
global consulting powerhouse.

He went on to become an SVP at Edelman’s corporate practice, where he led a major turnaround for Juniper and managed the HP corporate media program, leading a 20-plus person team to tell a turnaround story for the world’s largest IT company.

He rejoined Bite last year as regional director for North America. In eight short months, Mills turned the struggling North America region around, restoring its profitability for the first time in three years, winning nine new clients worth $1.5 million, and re-establishing team morale.

Well-respected and liked across the industry, Mills is known for his quick wit and compassionate approach.

"Sean is one of the most naturally strategic PR thinkers I’ve ever worked with," says Tim Dyson, CEO of Next Fifteen, Bite’s parent company. "He’s proven this client after client, transforming the reputations of some of the most troubled or unappreciated brands in the tech industry and, most recently, transforming an agency."

"He has faced frustrated clients and concerned employees with a tireless optimism, a strategic eye, and good humor – and it worked," adds Dyson. "Bite is on its way back – and Sean is a big reason why."


• Outside of work, you’ll find Mills on the basketball court or indulging his passion for travel

• He is famous among friends as a human Yelp who always knows the best places to find good food and fun

• Mills is the pro bono PR adviser for Bob Swartz, the father of deceased Internet activist Aaron Swartz

• He has previously volunteered as a mentor for struggling young people in New York. Sean is also a PR thought leader and regularly speaks at events such as New York Entrepreneur Week and The Conference Board

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