Caroline Harris: 40 Under 40 2013

SVP, Prosek Partners

In the tough world of financial services communications, Caroline Harris has enjoyed a career of vast accomplishments, one that began on the other side of the pond. She started out in the UK working in media relations for HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland before pursuing a lifelong ambition to work in the US, joining Prosek Partners in 2006.

She has since risen through the ranks of the organization, helping the firm grow rapidly to compete alongside financial practices at the largest companies. Harris has similarly played a vital role in the agency’s international expansion. She helped establish Prosek’s London office amid a crowded and intensively competitive market. Harris has been responsible for some of the firm’s largest financial services brands, including Lloyd’s of London, Capital One, Franklin Templeton, First Reserve Corporation, Hiscox, and Guy Carpenter, at a time when financial services are under a regulatory microscope. And she has overseen many of the agency’s global and transatlantic programs, specializing in building the brands of UK-based firms in the US.

In addition, Harris created and still manages Prosek’s global network of agencies and has vetted and visited all partner firms. In the last six and a half years, she has promoted more than 60 deal transactions, mainly on the private equity side, in countries including Australia, China, Japan, and Canada. Harris has also generated more than $3 million in new business for the firm.

Harris’ contributions have certainly not gone unnoticed, as she is consistently rated one of Prosek’s top leaders in an annual internal survey of employees.

"With all the talk of women’s difficulty getting to the top, it is nice to see a woman in our industry who has the chops and the ambition to make it all the way at a firm that caters to a tough, male-dominated financial services industry," says CEO Jennifer Prosek.

"Caroline is an inspiration to all who work for and around her," she adds.

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