WASHINGTON: Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added seasoned public affairs and political communicator Joe Householder as EVP of corporate and crisis.
Householder is returning to Hill+Knowlton Strategies after seven years. He previously worked at Public Strategies, which merged with Hill & Knowlton in 2010 to form Hill+Knowlton Strategies, in Houston. Householder will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and focus on public affairs and crisis communications.
He is reporting to Washington, D.C., GM Ellen Moran, East Coast leader Howard Opinsky, and global CEO Jack Martin. Householder’s first day on the job is Tuesday.
He is working across sectors handling crisis, corporate, and public affairs work, including managing campaigns and crisis response and planning.
"I missed this kind of work and the variety that a consulting organization like Hill+Knowlton brings," Householder said. "The difference is its multiple opportunities in different industry sectors and learning something new every day as opposed to working for one organization."
Most recently, he was director of public affairs for law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson and a consultant at Purple Strategies. Householder has worked in politics as communications director for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s reelection campaign in 2002. He began his career in journalism as a radio reporter, anchor, and newsroom manager.
Earlier this year, Hill+Knowlton hired Nancy Fitzsimmons as corporate and crisis SVP and Penny Mitchell to lead the U.S. health practice. The firm also made staff changes internationally this year in London, India, China, and Spain.
This story was updated on September 6 with comment from Householder and additional information.