Newsmakers

Front seat to the comms evolution: Abbott's Melissa Brotz

Front seat to the comms evolution: Abbott's Melissa Brotz

In 21 years at Abbott Laboratories, divisional VP and head of public affairs Melissa Brotz has seen it all, including the transformation from a traditional comms organization to a more vibrant, dynamic, and content-led group.

Jeff Winton ushers in new age of comms at Astellas

Jeff Winton ushers in new age of comms at Astellas

The pharma veteran came on board with Astellas at a trying time for the industry, but managed to build its comms function from the ground up and solidify its reputation.

Chris Arnold guides Chipotle's crisis comeback

Chris Arnold guides Chipotle's crisis comeback

'The perfect storm of awful' inundated Chipotle in late 2015, but PR director Chris Arnold fought through the E. coli outbreaks and is regaining consumer trust for the Mexican grill.

Inside the Cannes Lion-winning #NuggsForCarter campaign with Wendy's Liliana Esposito

Inside the Cannes Lion-winning #NuggsForCarter campaign with Wendy's Liliana Esposito

Wendy's chief communications officer chats with PRWeek's Frank Washkuch about taking a hands-off approach to a social media phenomenon and why an irreverent Twitter account is in the burger chain's DNA.

Fearless woman: State Street's Anne McNally on how an iconic statue came to be

Fearless woman: State Street's Anne McNally on how an iconic statue came to be

Bridging the credibility gap while addressing social issues and digitizing one of the nation's oldest financial powerhouses adds up to increased influence for State Street's head of PR Anne McNally.

Humana's Tom Noland on life under the microscope in healthcare insurance

Humana's Tom Noland on life under the microscope in healthcare insurance

Humana's SVP of corporate comms has always carefully navigated a highly regulated industry, but ever-evolving changes in healthcare and a blocked merger brought heightened scrutiny from government, media, and the public.

A pinteresting PR approach: How Barry Schnitt is elevating the virtual pinboard

A pinteresting PR approach: How Barry Schnitt is elevating the virtual pinboard

Pinterest’s head of brand communications and community, Barry Schnitt, is putting lessons he learned at Google and Facebook in place to elevate the virtual pinboard company from its suburban roots to global domination. Steve ­Barrett gets the full upload

Spokesperson for America

Spokesperson for America

PRWeek talks Melissa McCarthy, alternative facts, PR ethics, the media elite, Dippin' Dots, and cheap suits with White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Fighting for their rights: PETA's robust internal comms strategy

Fighting for their rights: PETA's robust internal comms strategy

Despite being one of the least confrontational people you're likely to meet, PETA's EVP of marketing and corporate affairs Tracy Reiman leverages a combative PR plan to change laws and behaviors, and, most importantly, protect animals.

Leveraging ConAgra's culture, Jon Harris looks to manufacture another turnaround

Leveraging ConAgra's culture, Jon Harris looks to manufacture another turnaround

Harris, SVP and CCO, brings experience - and some of his colleagues - from the turnaround at Sara Lee/Hillshire Brands to his role at ConAgra

How Ascension's Nick Ragone is rebranding one of the biggest health systems in the U.S.

How Ascension's Nick Ragone is rebranding one of the biggest health systems in the U.S.

In only two years, at Ascension the brand's CMO and comms officer Nick Ragone has integrated staff from across the country and kicked off a nationwide rebranding for the organization. And he's just getting started.

How T-Mobile's Janice Kapner is driving disruption in the mobile carrier market

How T-Mobile's Janice Kapner is driving disruption in the mobile carrier market

After shaking up the mobile carrier market and undergoing a cultural evolution, T-Mobile -- led by its outspoken CEO and driven by Janice Kapner's creative and provocative PR efforts -- is focused on taking more market share from its rivals.

Imagination put to work: How Deirdre Latour is redefining GE's comms unit

Imagination put to work: How Deirdre Latour is redefining GE's comms unit

From the moment she rose to the top comms spot, GE’s new CCO has directed a daunting global task list — from a multibillion-dollar acquisition to the controversial relocation of the company’s headquarters — with the poise, panache, and leadership of a seasoned pro.

Political thrills and oil spills: How Geoff Morrell is helping BP take back its story

Political thrills and oil spills: How Geoff Morrell is helping BP take back its story

Former Pentagon comms pro Geoff Morrell maneuvers BP through turbulent waters marked by a reputation crisis and market freefall and, in the process, helps the brand take back its story.

Buying into a new culture: Dan Tarman's impact at eBay

Buying into a new culture: Dan Tarman's impact at eBay

Since its spin-off of PayPal, eBay has played a key role in shaping public discussion on hot-button issues from the Confederate flag to anti-LGBT laws. And its CCO is helping to redefine the way consumers see the e-commerce marketplace -- both online and off.

Expedia soars to new global heights with Sarah Gavin in PR pilot seat

Expedia soars to new global heights with Sarah Gavin in PR pilot seat

Communicating myriad acquisitions, dealing with the safety issues of health outbreaks, and integrating Expedia's worldwide PR team is all in a day's work for Sarah Gavin, whose unified vision has helped transform the brand into a global travel powerhouse.

Mark Penn: evolving the agency model

Mark Penn: evolving the agency model

In a world where smaller entities compete with well-established holding companies, Mark Penn's new collaborative take on how firms can adapt today while better serving clients has more to offer than looking in the rear-view mirror.

Jan Jones Blackhurst, the ace up Caesars Entertainment's sleeve

Jan Jones Blackhurst, the ace up Caesars Entertainment's sleeve

In the high-stakes scene that is Las Vegas, Jan Jones Blackhurst is steering Caesars Entertainment through Chapter 11 restructuring and leveraging PR strategies to position the company as a leader in diversity and legalized online gambling.

How GM's Tony Cervone steered the auto giant toward a path of transparency

How GM's Tony Cervone steered the auto giant toward a path of transparency

After its 2014 recall crisis, GM's global head of comms has fine tuned the company's PR to better understand consumers.

At JetBlue, Nancy Elder pilots a different approach to brand PR

At JetBlue, Nancy Elder pilots a different approach to brand PR

After stints at blue-chip names such as MasterCard and GE, JetBlue's VP of communications is running the PR equivalent of air traffic control for the challenger brand.