Christine Andrukonis: 40 Under 40 2013

SVP and Director, North America, Ketchum Change

Described as Ketchum’s "secret weapon," Christine Andrukonis has helped oversee one of the firm’s fastest-growing businesses. Her impressive career to date has fine-tuned her skills at creating communications strategies for complex global companies.

She began her career as an organization effectiveness consultant for Lockheed Martin and then American Express before moving into management consulting at boutique firm Satori Consulting. She joined Ketchum in 2011 as a VP and managing consultant. Her impact was immediate and she was promoted to her current role in just one year. Under her leadership, the US change management, employee engagement, and internal communications team has more than doubled in size, delivered record financial performance, and gained many new clients. Notable additions include Chase Bank, Hess, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, PwC, Tesoro, and Weight Watchers.

Quest Diagnostics is just one of Andrukonis’ many satisfied clients after she helped the company through a huge transformation. "When Quest was launching a new strategic direction and needed to engage staff, investors, and customers, Christine assembled a SWAT team, helped us develop the plan, and then oversaw the complex project to ensure success," says Gary Samuels, VP of corporate communications at the company. "There’s no way we would have had such a compelling campaign without Christine’s clear vision, strong strategy sense, and quietly competent style."

Other achievements include pioneering links with the M&A Leadership Council. Andrukonis now serves as a member of the council’s advisory board on behalf of Ketchum. Tyler Durham, Ketchum Change partner and MD, lauds Andrukonis for "going above and beyond for her clients."

"She has earned the reputation as a superb leader and mentor for her colleagues," continues Durham. "Christine is well known for attracting and developing a world-class team while setting a first-rate example for peers and team members alike."

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